Alan Mays

Alan Mays

Posted on 09/18/2014


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We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine

We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine
A playing cards and board games photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A scary scene during a card game! The four young men pictured in this real photo postcard have obviously been playing all evening. One of them is holding a bottle of Tokay wine, and we can see that a tobacco pipe, playing cards, and various coins and bills are strewn across the table (mouse over the image above for a close-up view of the table).

The guy on the left with the unruly hair is staring intently at the one on the right, who has drawn a gun and seems to be trying not to laugh. The two other fellows, however, haven't even noticed the gun. Perhaps the guy with the gun is angry because he suspects that one of his friends has been cheating, or maybe he's just upset that the print hanging on the wall behind him is starting to fall down.

Judging by the humorous poem that's written on the other side of this photo postcard (see below), it's doubtful that any gunplay ever took place. Instead, considering that we can see a bed on the right-hand side of the photo and a dresser piled with books on the other side, it seems likely that these lads are simply students in a dorm room or apartment posing for an amusing photo of a card game gone wrong.

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Handwritten poem on the other side of this real photo postcard (note: "out of chine" seems to mean "out of alignment" or "out of sync" in this context):

Perhaps we had a big old time
And maybe it was a spree
But really I don't know
What actually did happen to me.

I only know my poor intellect
Was most awful out of chine
And I longed for just one drink of---
Well it wasn't wine.

L. Messersmith,
Fairmont, Minn.

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RicksPics
RicksPics
Another great theme photo, Alan. At first glance I thought the wild-haired fellow might be the gun-slinger's barber and he was unhappy with his haircut ;)
3 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to RicksPics
Ha ha, well that scenario is just as likely!
3 years ago.
Deborah Lundbech
Deborah Lundbech
What a great find, Alan! And priceless with the poem on the back!
They look like a fun bunch of guys. If it wasn't for the bureau, I'd suspect a play. : )
3 years ago.
Alan Mays has replied to Deborah Lundbech
Thanks, Deborah! I also considered that it might be a scene in a play, but some of the details--including the clutter on top of the bureau, as you point out--don't seem to fit.
3 years ago.