Group Photo

Vintage Photos of Groups


A Small Crowd on a Big Rock (Cropped)

19 Aug 2018 74
Cropped version of a real photo postcard showing a group on top of a big ol' rock. Notice how some of the women are posing with men's hats perched jauntily on their heads. See also the full version of this photo.

Schoolkids with Their Christmas Tree

02 Sep 2018 3 4 226
A photo of a school or college group for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. Young schoolchildren pose in front of a Christmas tree in their classroom. Take a closer look at the decorations on the tree and the children on the left and on the right.

Schoolkids with Their Christmas Tree (Kids on Left…

02 Sep 2018 1 66
Notice how the children are facing the front of the classroom, but many of them are looking over at the photographer. Only one of the kids--the girl behind the one with the bow--is smiling. A length of paper chain is lying on one of the wooden school desks.

Schoolkids with Their Christmas Tree (Kids on Righ…

02 Sep 2018 1 51
Some of the kids on this side of the room are also looking at the photographer, and there are more paper chains on the desks.

Schoolkids with Their Christmas Tree (Decorations…

02 Sep 2018 1 67
A classroom Christmas tree adorned with paper chains, teddy bears with movable arms and legs, fireplaces with stockings, and other handmade decorations. See close-ups of the children on the left-hand side of the photo and those on the right-hand side.

Cosmopolitan Club, Springfield College, 1926

02 Sep 2018 1 185
The Cosmopolitan Club was the precursor to the International Students Organization at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield College Digital Collections contains additional Cosmopolitan Club photos from various years.

Posing among the Posies

16 Sep 2018 2 4 172
For the Vintage Photos Theme Park, a photo of people photographed in bushes or plants (not beside them but in them--as seen in the Vintage Floraflage group on Flickr) . An early twentieth-century real photo postcard of people dallying in the daisies. For some similar photos, see my Floraflage album.

Souvenir Photo from Volendam

14 Oct 2018 2 6 217
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of making friends with the locals (travelers photographed with people from the indigenous population) . English-language sign on one of the buildings in the background: "Here you can have your photo taken in Volendam costume." The members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) tour group (notice the men's overseas caps ) pose with three young girls who are wearing the traditional clothing of Volendam , a town in the Netherlands (mouse over the image above for a close-up of the girls and part of the group ). For another example of a tourist posing with the locals, see Amish Folks at Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, Pa.

Souvenir Photo from Volendam (Cropped)

14 Oct 2018 1 73
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.

Halloween Party, 1905

28 Oct 2018 4 2 249
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of trick or treat (go crazy with this one and post as many photos as you want--no limit! Halloween, costumes, masks, skeletons, devils, human monsters, things that go bump in the night, ghostly apparitions, or anything you find scary or creepy) . A real photo postcard addressed on the other side to Miss Lizzie Moyer, Frackville, Pa., and postmarked in Selinsgrove and Frackville, Pa., during December 1905. Handwritten message: "I suppose you will know one among the crowd, Lily Row." The presence of the two jack-o'-lanterns in front of the group suggests that the photo was taken during a Halloween party. In front of the jack-o'-lanterns are ears of corn wrapped in paper or cloth. There's also another pumpkin in the lower left-hand corner of the photo, but this one hasn't been carved into a jack-o'-lantern. Instead, the letters of the alphabet have been stenciled on the pumpkin (see a cropped version of the photo for a better view of the details). I haven't figured out how the partygoers used the ears of corn, but I was able to determine what they did with the stenciled pumpkin. A fortune-telling game listed in a book of Games for Hallow-e'en (Barse and Hopkins, 1912), by Mary E. Blain, p. 21, provides an explanation: Pumpkin Alphabet Carve [or stencil, in this case] all the letters of the alphabet on a medium sized pumpkin. Put it on a dish and set on a stand or table. Each guest in turn is blindfolded and given a hat-pin, then led to pumpkin, where he (she) is expected to stick pin into one of the letters on the pumpkin, thus indicating the initial of future life-partner. Perhaps the wrapped corn was used in a party game, too.

Halloween Party, 1905 (Cropped)

28 Oct 2018 1 77
Notice how the letters of the alphabet are stenciled on the pumpkin that's visible in the lower left-hand corner of the photo. For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.

Millinery Maneuvers in the Bush

08 Dec 2018 4 3 159
A photo of two or more people peeking over something for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. Seven men and women wearing hats peer over the shrubbery in this undated real photo postcard.

Hearty Partiers

06 Jan 2019 4 193
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 Studio, 1118 First Ave., Seattle." These three couples are ready for a party. The woman on the left, who's a little out of focus for some reason, is holding a ratchet noisemaker . The man in the back on the left is holding a BPO[E] ( Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks ) flag that's draped over the shoulder of the woman in the middle. The woman on the right is holding a mask (mouse over the image for a better look at the noisemaker, flag, and mask ). The man on the right has some sort of flag tucked under his right arm, and all of them except that man are wearing party or regular hats. Were they attending a New Year's party at an Elks Lodge?

Hearty Partiers (Cropped)

06 Jan 2019 127
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 photo postcard to see the entire group of partygoers.

Light Music

07 Jul 2019 4 2 246
I chose musicians in order to pick a theme about people (or any other topic) for the first week of Wild Card Month—Pick Your Own Theme! in the Vintage Photos Theme Park. The handwritten message on the front of this real photo postcard (see the left-hand side) is: "Vara Light, 928 Maple St., Lebanon, Pa. Answer soon." There's no stamp or postmark on the other side, but Vara Light addressed the postcard to " Miss Sarah Zimmerman , Linglestown, Pa.," and also wrote a message: "This is a picture taken at Mt. Aetna last summer. The one standing is my uncle, a minister. Also the one with the violin [meaning that the violinist is also one of her uncles?]. The lady with the guitar is my aunt. Am working now in Lebanon. Tell Miles to answer my card." This postcard back has an AZO stamp box (four corner triangles pointing up), which suggests a date as early as 1904 to 1918. Vara Katherine Light married William Hoehle Keller on September 1, 1910, and at that time her address was 330 N. 9th Street, Lebanon, Pa. It seems likely, then, that the card dates to sometime prior to their wedding. I haven't been able to identify which of Vara's aunts and uncles might be the musicians in the photo, but they may have been siblings of her father, Harry Henry Light , who was a prominent businessman in Lebanon, Pa. I previously posted a Small-Town Parade with Cornet Band and Church Float photo for the theme of people playing musical instruments in 2014 and another photo showing Pop Morehead's Family for the theme of musicians and musical instruments this past April. For other photos and ephemera, see my Music and Musicians album.

Football Field Formation

17 Nov 2019 2 2 136
A sports teams photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. In this undated snapshot, young men strike a pose for a football team picture. The guys in front look ready to spring into action, but nos. 22, 11, 20, and 99 in back are just standing there motionless. Behind the team is a rickety goal post, and beyond the football field is a cemetery.

Happy New Year 1911 from the Morgans

01 Jan 2020 2 1 167
"Happy New Year — 1911 — from the Morgans." A real photo postcard greeting from the Morgan family, location unknown.

Easter Bunny Kids

08 Apr 2020 5 2 100
A photo of people looking right at you for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. And this doubles as a photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park monthly topic of the 1960s (submit a photo on this topic each week in addition to—or instead of—a photo for the weekly topic). Yet another snapshot of those Quizzical Kids in Easter Costumes , who were celebrating Easter and springtime in 1963.

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