Alan Mays' photos with the portraits

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate
Printed on the other side: "If it's a photo we make it. Empire Photo. Co. 815 Westchester Ave., Bronx."

A triple-exposure trick photo of "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing"), whose name is written on the back of a second photo that I purchased along…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping
Initials at lower right-hand corner: "F.W.H."

Handwritten name on the other side of this real photo postcard: "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing").

Printed on the other side: "Broadway Photo Shop, 1593, B'way, N.Y."

The AZO stamp box on the back s…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat
An unused real photo postcard. There's no handwritten message on the other side, and there's no indication of a photo studio.

For more trick photos like this, see my Mirror Photos album.
Added on May 10, 2018

Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile

Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile
Note that this automobile has a tiller rather than a wheel for steering.

For a similar photo, see Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile.
Added on May  5, 2018

Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile

Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile
Notice how the young woman is holding a tiller rather than a wheel as she pretends to steer the automobile.

For a similar photo, see Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile.
Added on May  5, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)
Agnes Conrad circled her high school portrait (in the lower right-hand corner), which was part of a montage of 98 photos that formed the letters "NCHS" on a real photo postcard in 1915. For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcar…
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.
"NCHS, Class of 1915, Photo by Seavy."

The heads of 98 members of the class of 1915 at New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, form the letters "NCHS" in this remarkable photographic montage by Edgar E. Seavy (for information about the photog…
Added on April 26, 2018

Something Fishy This Way Comes

Something Fishy This Way Comes
A French real photo postcard for April Fools' Day, called poissons d'avril (April fish) in France. There's no postmark on this hand-tinted card, but it likely dates to the early twentieth century.

"1er Avril. Si tu devines que l'envoie, / Tu n'es pas la…
Added on March 26, 2018

You Are the Gorilla My Dreams

You Are the Gorilla My Dreams
Novelty real photo postcard, date and location unknown.
Added on March 16, 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

Sometimes You Just Can't Get Ahead

Sometimes You Just Can't Get Ahead
Found photo—no date or location.
Added on March  6, 2018

It's My Treat

It's My Treat
Printed on the back: "This card is a genuine photograph, hand colored. Made in the United States."

Perhaps this real photo postcard was intended as a birth announcement, since it used to be (or still is?) customary for fathers to hand out cigars to frien…
Added on March 23, 2015

Man Lighting a Cigar

Man Lighting a Cigar
A smoking photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

I hope that match didn't burn his fingers as he waited for the photographer to take his picture!
Added on March  4, 2018

Brother Rarick and Willis at Dixon Church of the Brethren, Dixon, Ill.

Brother Rarick and Willis at Dixon Church of the Brethren, Dixon, Ill.
A photo of a church, chapel, or any other religious building for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Caption at lower left: "Dixon Church." Sign: "Revival Meetings in Progress Here. Come Tonight."

Handwritten message on the back of this real photo postcard…
Added on February 19, 2018

Fancy Cow and Calf (Cropped)

Fancy Cow and Calf (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on February 22, 2018

Fancy Cow and Calf

Fancy Cow and Calf
Mama cow and baby calf seem to be giving the photographer a sideways glance as the farmer and his family hold them in place to pose for the camera. See a cropped version for a close-up of the disgruntled bovines.

The decorative mask--with its stylized fl…
Added on February 22, 2018