Alan Mays' photos


  • Faceless Family CDV

    A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of flawed memories (photos that are damaged, faded, or have other imperfections, especially ones in which the flaws somehow enhance the image; this includes photos with defective processing, light leakage, a…

  • Faceless Family CDV (Cropped)

    A close-up of a faceless family foursome on a nineteenth-century CDV. See also the full photo.

  • The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, Richland, Pa., ca. 1913

    The Nickelodean, a trade magazine for the early film industry, included a state-by-state listing of news "Among the Picture Theaters" in its issue for March 4, 1911. Under the section for Pennsylvania (p. 260), it noted, "A moving picture theater has been…


  • The Braden Entertainment with Edison Talking Moving Pictures, ca. 1913 (Back)

    See the front of this ticket for more information. Richland House Hall Saturday and Monday, 7:30 P.M. Feb. 22-24.

  • Man with Alligators and Coconut Tree, Miami, Florida, 1922

    A distinguished gent in a souvenir real photo postcard from "Miami, Fla., 1922," as it says on the tree stump. Looks like the poor fellow is fending off alligators with his cane as he poses in front of a scenic backdrop of ocean, sky, and coconut tree, al…

  • Snow Lady

    A photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park monthly topic of snow (submit a photo on this topic each week in addition to—or instead of—a photo for the weekly topic). This photo reminds me of the one-liner that Henny Youngman made famous: "That Snow Lady, s…


  • Brick Baby Buggy

    A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo of strollers, prams, or baby carriages (including the kind that's the subject of Rick's Taylor-Tot Stroller Vintage Memories group). Stamped on the back of this photo: "James Lett Co., Dec. 29, 1942." I've heard about r…

  • Brick Baby Buggy (Full Version)

    An odd double-exposure photo of a bricked-over baby carriage that's more amusing than ghostly. See the cropped version for additional information.

  • Cloyd in Front of the House, Xmas 1961

    Handwritten note on the back of this photo: "Xmas 61 - Cloyd in front [of] our house. I wanted to get the top of the house. Almost missed him. Got it too high." Stamped on back: "Jack Rabbit Co., Spartanburg, S.C."


  • I Nearly Got in Hot Water in Cashtown, Pa.

    An early twentieth-century postcard that could be customized with the name of any city or town.

  • My Wife's Gone to the Country

    An amusing postcard that draws upon the "Oh You Kid!" craze of 1909 for its humor. This card was a bit risqué for its time, suggesting that a husband might fool around with other women while his wife is away. The caption on the card comes from the song, "…

  • Hearty Partiers

    A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of the secret lives of grown-ups (adults letting loose and having fun or possibly behaving badly with other adults; all in good taste, of course). Printed on the back of this real photo postcard: "Novelty S…


  • Hearty Partiers (Cropped)

    The woman on the left is holding a ratchet noisemaker. A BPO[E] (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) flag is draped over the shoulder of the woman in the middle. The woman on the right is holding a mask. Take a look at the full version of this real…

  • A Happy New Year

    A real photo postcard with a CYKO stamp box on the back that suggests a date between the 1900s and 1920s. The fellow in the photo doesn't seem to be too happy about the New Year.

  • A Happy New Year (Cropped)

    For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.


  • Bear on a Car

    Caption: "A native of Penn.'s Grand Canyon makes a call. 301." A real photo postcard by photographer Nelson Adelbert Caulkins (1874-1965). Seems a bit scary to me, but the woman doesn't appear to be too concerned that there's a bear on top of her car.

  • Home Sweet Home—A Quiet Sunday

    A home sweet home photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. Caption on the front of this real photo postcard: "Home Sweet Home." "A quiet Sunday." Handwritten message on the other side: "We are still enjoying the front porch but it is fierce here lately.…

  • Home Sweet Home—A Quiet Sunday (Cropped)

    For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.


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