Alan Mays' photos with the music

Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922

Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922
A Halloween dance possibly named after the Black Cat Dance (sheet music, 1916). The site of the dance was Hiemenz's Auditorium, a venue managed by H. John Hiemenz. See also Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920.

Black Cat Dance…
Added on October 22, 2018

Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920

Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920
See also Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922 for another Halloween dance held in Hiemenz's Auditorium.

Hell'o'een Masked Dance

Hiemenz Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 29.

Kiphorn's Orchestra. Admission, 60 cts.
Added on October 22, 2018

Ticket for a Chance on a $25 Suit of Clothes

Ticket for a Chance on a $25 Suit of Clothes
An early raffle ticket for a chance on a "$25 suit of clothes." It's likely that the "Liberty Band" was the one with that name based in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

"This ticket is good for one chance on a $25 suit of clothes to be chanced off by the Libert…
Added on October 15, 2018

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania
The last line on this amusing acquaintance card refers to a song, "Any Old Place I Can Hang My Hat Is Home Sweet Home to Me," which was published as sheet music in 1901 and recorded on phonograph cylinder in 1902, making it likely that the card dates from…
Added on September 30, 2018

Accordion Kids (Cropped)

Accordion Kids (Cropped)
Three kids, two with accordions and one with a trumpet.

Take a look at the full version of the snapshot.
Added on August 20, 2018

Accordion Kids

Accordion Kids
A snapshot of three kids, two with accordions and one with a trumpet. Looks like the smiling boys in front are enjoying themselves, but I'm not sure whether the girl in back is having any fun.

Notice the toy cannon that's situated near the edge of the po…
Added on August 20, 2018

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971
A steam calliope in a snapshot dated March 1971. This calliope is known as Getz's Steam Calliope after the three brothers—Noah, William, and Robert Getz—who operated it for many years.

Hauled around on a tractor trailer, the calliope still makes regular…
Added on July 19, 2018

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard showing the Tressler Orphans' Home Band. "Tressler" was part of its name beginning sometime in the nineteenth century, so I'm not sure why it's missing from the drum in this early twentieth-century photo.

For a later incarnation of…
Added on July 19, 2018

Maypole March, May 1914 (Cropped)

Maypole March, May 1914 (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on May  1, 2018

Maypole March, May 1914

Maypole March, May 1914
"The March, May 1914."

A real photo postcard of a May Day march. A couple of guys with drums are leading the way, and a group of children are carrying a maypole rather than dancing around it.

For a better view of the maypole marchers, mouse over the im…
Added on May  1, 2018

They Laughed When We Sat Down at the Piano

They Laughed When We Sat Down at the Piano
A photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park demonstrating the quality of being vice versa.*

A real photo postcard of a couple amusingly posed on a piano bench with the woman wearing men's clothes and vice versa.

I was able to identify the sheet music on t…
Added on March 16, 2016

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852
A ticket or invitation for a "Universal Ball" held in Keene, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1852.

As listed on the ticket, musician S. K. Conant played both the violin and the "Kolquearougion," an instrument he invented. Although a newspaper article in 1859…
Added on December 31, 2017

Identify the Christmas Songs from the Pictures

Identify the Christmas Songs from the Pictures
This rebus puzzle sheet is left over from the time when photocopiers and fax machines were the technologies used to share jokes. This specific version of the sheet dates to December 17, 1998.

Although the days of photocopy humor and faxlore are long gone…
Added on December 15, 2017

A Chorus of Christmas Greetings for 1962

A Chorus of Christmas Greetings for 1962
"Christmas Greetings, 1962. David, Ricky, Diane, Richard, and Helen Hughes."

For another card from the Hughes, see Merry Christmas from the Hughes, 1963:
Added on December 20, 2013

Graphophone Entertainment Ticket

Graphophone Entertainment Ticket
"Graphophone Entertainment by Geo. L. Preston and Geo. Perkins. Admit one."

The graphophone was an early type of phonograph, and a "graphophone entertainment" (or "graphophone concert") was simply a program featuring music played on a graphophone (there…
Added on October  6, 2017

Yankee Doodle Came to Town on the Fourth of July

Yankee Doodle Came to Town on the Fourth of July
"Yankee Doodle came to town. July 4."
Added on September 29, 2017

C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra, Harrisburg, Pa.

C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra, Harrisburg, Pa.
"C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra. C. Lloyd Major, Bell 3-4109. 1944 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg, Pa."

C. Lloyd Major was active as a musician in Pennsylvania during the 1920s and 1930s. His musical group went by various names, including C. Lloyd Major a…
Added on June  9, 2016

Nothing Succeeds Like Success, Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s

Nothing Succeeds Like Success, Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s
The reverse of a nineteenth-century advertising card for the Galt House hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio (see below). The "Nothing Succeeds Like Success" text appeared in newspapers and magazines as early as 1881, including the Madison Weekly Herald, Madison, I…
Added on August 11, 2017