Alan Mays' photos with the children

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid
A knitted photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A real photo postcard with a mother and daughter wearing knitted tops along with plaid pleated skirts.
Added on February 12, 2015

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"
"Look pleasant" is what the horse/photographer is saying as a donkey and boy pose for a photo.

This is a postcard addressed on the other side to Mrs. Emma Cranford, Lisbon, Ohio, R.F.D. No. 2, and postmarked Wilson, Pa., June 27, 1910.

Handwritten messa…
Added on October 13, 2018

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween
A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.). For another postcard by Griggs, see May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

Addressed on the other side to Miss Edith Yoder, 322 N. Pine St., Lancaster, Pa., and postmarked Portland, Ore., Oct. 27…
Added on September 30, 2018

Mary and Her Little Lamb

Mary and Her Little Lamb
An early twentieth-century postcard with a parody of the well-known nursery rhyme.

Mary and Her Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb
You've often heard it said
The lamb that Mary took to school
Was on a slice of bread.

Blackboard: The dog and cat / a big…
Added on September 27, 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

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907
"Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pa. B. D. Beittel, Columbia, Pa."

An early postcard of Steamboat Mary, which evidently ran on the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville, York County, and Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The card date…
Added on August 11, 2018

Children with Their Dog and Toys

Children with Their Dog and Toys
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo of backyard sports (e.g., croquet, badminton, horseshoe pitching, bocce ball, etc.).

A tinted French real photo postcard from the early twentieth century showing children with a dog and toys, including a hoop and stick,…
Added on July  9, 2018

Mirror Photo of a Little Girl Standing on a Chair

Mirror Photo of a Little Girl Standing on a Chair
A Spanish real photo postcard showing a mirror photo of a little girl standing on a chair. It's dated 1919 on the other side.

For more like this, see my Mirror Photos album.
Added on July 28, 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

Girl with Ductwork

Girl with Ductwork
Handwritten date on the back of this photo: Aug. 1941. Stamped on back: Peerless Photo Shop, Lacrosse, Wis.
Added on July 19, 2018

Backyard Swingers, July 1965

Backyard Swingers, July 1965
Swinging and squinting in the bright sunlight. Location unknown.
Added on July  9, 2018

July 5—The Morning After

July 5—The Morning After
"The Morning After. July 5. Witch hazel, liniment, arnica. F.L. 219/6. Gene Carr."

Postmarked at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, on July 6, 1915.

Cartoonist Gene Carr's postcard demonstrates the dire results of a dangerous evening of Fourth of July firewor…
Added on July  2, 2018

Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat

Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat
An on the water photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A curious photo of a boy and a dog in a rowboat out on the water. Both of them are looking toward the photographer, who's on the shore or in another boat. The boy is holding a fish in one hand and…
Added on July  1, 2018

Palisades Hike, February 14, 1915

Palisades Hike, February 14, 1915
A photo of day trippers (people on a day out, groups or individuals) for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Real photo postcard caption: "Palisades Hike, Feb. 14, '15. #5. E."

Eight individuals appear in this "Palisades Hike" photo taken on February 14, 191…
Added on July 28, 2016

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular
A reward of merit dated 1875. Unfortunately, the small but colorful chromolithographed scrap glued to the middle of the card isn't positioned correctly (take a look at a rotated version instead of craning your neck), but the elaborate design surrounding t…
Added on June 13, 2018

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular (Rotated)

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular (Rotated)
A rotated view of this reward of merit provides a better--though still tilted--view of the chromolithographed scrap added in the middle

For the original, see Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular.
Added on June 13, 2018

Aieeeeee!!!

Aieeeeee!!!
Lots of fun details here--pouts, grins, somber looks, closed eyes, big hats, wall hangings, patterned wallpaper, a mirror.

And then there's that kid in front who's yelling at the top of his lungs and ruining the picture: Aieeeeee!!!

The photo came in a…
Added on August 24, 2016