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Vintage Photos of Groups


What's Up? (Cropped)

14 Jan 2016 1 200
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Amazing Feats on Board the Steamer Dubuque

14 Jan 2016 3 4 652
A Vintage Photos Theme Park posting for the topic of hands/feet (a photo in which hands or feet are prominent)--if you have both, please feel free to post 2 photos . This jolly bunch documented their trip on board the steamer Dubuque by writing "STR DUBUQUE" on the bottom of their shoes and then propping their feet up for the photo (mouse over the image for a better view of the shoes). If you look closely enough, you may be able to see a faint erased "S" on the "T" shoe. Notice also the steamboat's smokestack, which is located behind the boy on the right. Part of the boat's decorative trim is visible to the right of the smokestack, too. This Dubuque was the fourth and last steamboat with that name, according to the Encyclopedia Dubuque . The description for a postcard in the collection of the Davenport Public Library (see Steamer Dubuque on Mississippi River ) provides some additional details about this Dubuque , which was "a stern wheel packet steamboat originally named Pittsburgh and built at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1879. It was rebuilt at Dubuque, Iowa, in 1896 for the Diamond Jo Line and renamed Dubuque . The boat sank in 1901 but was raised and Streckfus Steamers [another steamboat company] took over. In 1919-1920 it was converted to an excursion boat and renamed Capitol ." Given that chronology, it seems likely that this photo was taken sometime in the 1900s or 1910s. Whatever the date, I'd wager that this photo was a shoe-in for the funniest one taken of this bunch during their excursion on the steamer Dubuque .

Amazing Feats on Board the Steamer Dubuque (Croppe…

14 Jan 2016 1 206
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House of David Band, Benton Harbor, Michigan

07 Mar 2016 4 2 781
"61. House of David - Benton Harbor, Mich." The House of David was a religious commune in Benton Harbor , Michigan, whose members performed in touring bands (like the one above), played on baseball teams, and ran an amusement park that featured miniature trains (like the ones below). Benjamin Purnell (see below) and his wife Mary formed the group in 1903.

Men, Women, Dogs, and Guns in Front of a House

27 May 2016 2 1 447
Four men and two women pose for a photo in front of a house, date and location unknown. One of the men is holding two dogs, and the other three are carrying rifles (mouse over the image above for a close-up view of the scene). All of the armed men are also wearing light-colored armbands or shoulder patches. Could they be getting ready to go on a hunting trip?

Men, Women, Dogs, and Guns in Front of a House (Cr…

27 May 2016 1 225
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Breakfast in the Women's Dorm

08 Jan 2015 8 5 1448
A breakfast photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. (In selecting images for the VPTP, I normally attempt to find a new photo that I haven't previously posted on Ipernity. But the frig was bare when I went to look for breakfast, so I'm reheating this pic for this week's theme.) An early photo mounted on cardboard captures a group of young women in a student dormitory room (note the bed with folded blanket at lower right). These fourteen ladies have apparently crowded into a single room to share breakfast. Many of them are holding doughnuts, and one--standing in the corner at right--is eating a banana. Some of the students are pretending to feed each other, and a number of them have their eyes closed, possibly due to whatever the photographer used for a flash. Various photos and artworks adorn the walls, including a print hanging in the upper right-hand corner that's derived from Heinrich Hofmann 's painting of Christ in Gethsemane (1890). The blinds on the window at the back of the room are pulled down, and what seems to be an American flag is partially hidden in the folds of the curtains. There wasn't any caption or description on the photo, unfortunately, and we may never know what special occasion or celebration it was that prompted this dorm-room get-together.

Woodrow Wilson—The Man of the Hour, Atlantic City,…

12 Jun 2016 2 3 599
A crowds photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. Printed on the back of this real photo postcard: "Real photograph printed from negative by Harper B. Smith , 1637 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J." Addressed to: "Mrs. Roy H. Passmore, Christiana, Lanc. Co., Penna." Handwritten message: Dear Dot - Does thee see the girls that are marked—they are our bunch & also "The Man of the Hour"? (Woodrow)? People are naming their kiddies after him thee know. Tell Agnes Schultz [that the] girls got homesick and went home and I am working here at one of the best places if not the best. Spent one week boarding & "doing it" as that crazy song says. Met a very nice girl from Wilmington whom I like very much. Hetty Marked Girls Hetty points out the "girls that are marked" on the photo (mouse over the image above for an enlargement showing the marks ). I'm not sure whether these are the same girls who left after getting homesick. Woodrow Wilson That's Woodrow Wilson , governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 and president of the United States from 1913 to 1921, who's addressing the audience in this photo (mouse over the image for a close-up of Wilson ). Although I haven't been able to confirm it, the unfinished brick wall on the lower right-hand side suggests to me that this may be a view of Wilson's speech during the laying of the cornerstone for the new YMCA building (now the John Brooks Recovery Center ) on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 10, 1912. Wilson appeared in front of a crowd of about 5,000 on that day in one of his first appearances after receiving the Democratic nomination for president on July 2 (see " Wilson at Cornerstone Laying ," Reading Eagle [Reading, Pa.], July 10, 1912, p. 9). As Hetty alluded to in her message, Wilson used "The Man of the Hour" as his slogan when he ran for president in 1912, and he was apparently popular enough that some parents did name their children after him. One famous namesake, for instance, was Woodrow Wison "Woody" Guthrie , who was born on July 14, 1912, and grew up to become a famous folksinger and composer of songs like " This Land Is Your Land ." Doing It Hetty mentions that she "Spent one week boarding & 'doing it' as that crazy song says." The song was " Everybody's Doin' It Now" (1911), by Irving Berlin. What was it that everybody was doing? Why ragtime dancing, of course: "See that ragtime couple over there / Watch them throw their shoulders in the air / Snap their fingers / Honey I declare it's a bear / It's a bear, it's a bear / There! / Everybody's doin' it / Doin' it, doin' it / Everybody's doin' it / Doin' it, doin' it." Thee Why does Hetty use "thee" instead of "you" in her message? As it turns out, she was writing to Dorothy "Dotty" Passmore, a woman who was a member of the Quakers (or Friends), a religious group that used "thee" as a pronoun at the time. It's likely that Hetty was a Quaker as well. The Friends Journal: Quaker Thought and Life Today , Nov. 1, 1964, noted the death of Dorothy's husband on June 21 of that year. He was a member of the Sadsbury Friends Meeting , a Quaker church that still exists today. His wife, who presumably was also a member of the church, had passed away a month earlier on May 19, 1964, as reported in an obituary that appeared in the New York Times .

Woodrow Wilson—The Man of the Hour, Atlantic City,…

12 Jun 2016 1 191
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Woodrow Wilson—The Man of the Hour, Atlantic City,…

12 Jun 2016 1 217
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Women at the Rockefeller Center Roof Studio, New Y…

13 Jun 2016 2 2 808
"Rockefeller Center Roof Studio, New York, 850 feet, 70 stories." Handwritten date on the back of this real photo postcard: "Taken June 4th, 1952." For a similar souvenir photo, see Man and Woman at the Rockefeller Center Roof Studio, New York City :

All Loaded Up and Ready to Go

22 Jun 2016 2 5 568
A photo of the family car for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. Well, I guess these family members are pretty much ready to go for a ride in the car, but I suppose they should get that broken headlight fixed if they plan to be out after dark (mouse over the image for an enlargement of the automobile and its occupants). Anyone recognize the make and model of the car?

All Loaded Up and Ready to Go (Cropped)

22 Jun 2016 1 220
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Students with Flag

07 Jul 2016 2 3 454
A flags, bunting, or banners photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park. I'm guessing that these are students (along with some teachers, perhaps--see front and upper left) posing for a patriotic picture in front of an American flag. Notice how translucent the red stripes of the flag are--you can see right through to the building behind the flag. And isn't the U.S. flag typically displayed with the field of stars on the left? Could it be that the photo is reversed? Here's the mirror image for comparison:

Students with Flag (Reversed)

07 Jul 2016 1 180
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Cabinet Card Photo of Quilters, Northern Dauphin C…

27 Feb 2017 4 2 491
Photographer's name and locations on cabinet card: "Smith, Lykens and Williamstown." A group of quilters from a cabinet card photo by W. W. Smith (1834-Jan. 22, 1892), a photographer who had studios in Lykens and Williamstown , both of which are towns located in northern Dauphin County , Pennsylvania. How do we know that these women are quilters ? They're all holding quilting squares (or blocks) , and many of them have scissors (mouse over image above for a close-up view ). Some of them are also pretending to sew their squares with needles and thread.

Cabinet Card Photo of Quilters, Northern Dauphin C…

27 Feb 2017 1 141
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The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg at the Grangers'…

03 May 2017 3 648
Drumhead: "Singer, Mechanicsburg, Pa." Caption at the bottom of the photo: "Grangers Picnic, 1915." The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, posed for this photo in 1915 at the Grangers' Picnic, which was an annual event held each summer at the Williams Grove Amusement Park . Prior to the picnic, the Harrisburg Telegraph newspaper, August 28, 1915, p. 4, announced the Singer Band's participation: "Concerts at the Granger's Picnic at Williams' Grove next week will be given by the Singer Band of Mechanicsburg." The Singer Band--named for David Singer, an early leader of the group--is still in existence today. Additional photos of the band are available on the Singer Band's Web site .

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