Alan Mays' photos with the music

Light Music

Light Music
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…
Added on July  8, 2019

The Marietta Dancing Class, Second Sociable, Marietta, Pa., Feb. 22, 1887

The Marietta Dancing Class, Second Sociable, Marietta, Pa., Feb. 22, 1887
A ticket or invitation for the "Second Sociable" held by the Marietta Dancing Class in Marietta, Pennsylvania, on February 22, 1887. I haven't been able to locate any information about the dancing class or Samuel B. Gramm's role as instructor. The date of…
Added on May 27, 2019

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Riverside Park, Danville, Pa., Sept. 14, 1925

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Riverside Park, Danville, Pa., Sept. 14, 1925
A poster advertising a dance with music provided by Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, a popular jazz band.

The Final Dance of the Clover Club Summer Series

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra

In a return engagement. The band that…
Added on May 18, 2019

Easter Serenade for the Picnic Chicks

Easter Serenade for the Picnic Chicks
"Easter Greetings."

Compare this postcard with Best Easter Wishes from Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Chick and Family.
Added on April 21, 2019

The Instrumental Aires at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida

The Instrumental Aires at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida
"The Instrumental Aires, featured at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida."

A real photo postcard showing the three suave fellows who performed as the Instrumental Aires at the Hotel Floridan (now the Floridan Palace Hotel). An ad from 1955…
Added on June  3, 2017

The Famous Swedish Male Quartet in Their Picturesque National Costumes

The Famous Swedish Male Quartet in Their Picturesque National Costumes
A concert broadside, circa 1880s.

The Famous Swedish Male Quartet
in their picturesque national costumes.

To-Night

The only opportunity to hear these celebrated singers, in their beautiful songs, assisted by Miss Carrie E. Hale, the finest of all lady…
Added on February 25, 2019

My Wife's Gone to the Country

My Wife's Gone to the Country
An amusing postcard that draws upon the "Oh You Kid!" craze of 1909 for its humor. This card was a bit risqué for its time, suggesting that a husband might fool around with other women while his wife is away. The caption on the card comes from the song, "…
Added on January  7, 2019

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