Alan Mays' photos


  • Helen and Mary, Friedens, Pa., Aug. 28, 1907

    A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo of squinting into the sun (subjects obviously struggling to keep eyes open while facing into the sun for the photographer; borrowed from a Flickr group). For additional examples, see my album of Vintage Squinters. Handwr…

  • Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

    A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…

  • Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

    This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card. It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…


  • C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

    A business card by Pluck Print with an illustration of anthropomorphic pigs by the Philadelphia engraving firm of Crosscup and West. C. L. Hartz Dealer in all kinds of first-class smoked meats, such as ham, dried beef, bologna, breakfast bacon, &c Che…

  • There Are Some Freak Fish Around Here!

    "There are some fish around here. Greetings from Beach Haven Terrace, N.J." Printed on the back: "Series 925, Freak Fish, 12 designs." See also There Are Some Fish Around Here.

  • Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s

    "The Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa. The home of Velvet Ice Cream." According to "Russ Bros. New Ice Cream Plant," an article in the Ice Cream Trade Journal, March 1920, pp. 47-49, the Russ Bros. Ice Cream Company bought an old typewri…


  • Decorated Car for the Floral-Flag Automobile Parade, Washington, D.C., July 5, 1909

    Handwritten note on the back of this real photo postcard: "This is as we looked Monday, July 5th, 1909, after the floral parade. Ed, Edith, Edward, Russell, Hattie, and Otto Zahn." Hand-lettered card attached to the car: "29." Number above the doorway of…

  • Decorated Car for the Floral-Flag Automobile Parade, Washington, D.C., July 5, 1909 (Cropped)

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

  • Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919

    "Rosey's Auto Graveyard on Lincoln Highway at Vintage, Pa. Between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa." The Lancaster County Postcard Club's book, Lancaster County Postcards: Windows to Our Past (Stevens, Pa., 1998), p. 94, gives a date of 1919 for this post…


  • Ice Cream, Clifford Sutton, 5¢

    "Ice Cream, Clifford Sutton, 5¢" For other ice cream price tags, see Ice Cream, 5 Cents and Wertley's Quality Ice Cream Price Tags.

  • Wertley's Quality Ice Cream Price Tags

    Wertley's Ice Cream tags with prices that reflect the tax that was assessed during World War I.

  • Backyard Swingers, July 1965

    Swinging and squinting in the bright sunlight. Location unknown.


  • Children with Their Dog and Toys

    A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo of backyard sports (e.g., croquet, badminton, horseshoe pitching, bocce ball, etc.). A tinted French real photo postcard showing children with a dog and toys for playing in the backyard, including a hoop and stick, doll,…

  • Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker, Dakota, Illinois

    A postcard-sized example of ornamental penmanship featuring a flourished bird. The piece is unsigned and may date to as early as the 1880s or 1890s. "Compliments of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker, Dakota, Ill." Joseph Shellenberger Shoemaker (1854-1936) w…

  • Admira Movie Camera Matchbox Label

    "Admira. Kamera náročných. Meopta. Solo Lipnik." A Czechoslovakian matchbox label advertising the Admira movie camera manufactured by Meopta. Check out the illustrated list of movie cameras on the Meopta Virtual Museum site.


  • July 5—The Morning After

    "The Morning After. July 5. Witch hazel, liniment, arnica. F.L. 219/6. Gene Carr." Postmarked at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, on July 6, 1915. Cartoonist Gene Carr's postcard demonstrates the dire results of a dangerous evening of Fourth of July firewor…

  • Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat

    An on the water photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. A curious photo of a boy and a dog in a rowboat out on the water. Both of them are looking toward the photographer, who's on the shore or in another boat. The boy is holding a fish in one hand and…

  • Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat (Cropped)

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


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