Alan Mays' photos with the children

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

Aieeeeee!!! (Full Version)

Aieeeeee!!! (Full Version)
For more information, see the cropped version of this photo:
Added on August 24, 2016

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

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

Patriotic Toddler

Patriotic Toddler
A photo with decorative border or frame for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

"Reporting for diaper duty, sir!"

With an elaborate border consisting of an eagle, flag, canons, bombs bursting in air, and other patriotic and military symbols, it's surprising…
Added on September 24, 2017

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

Move the Sun Please, We Just Can't Help Squinting

Move the Sun Please, We Just Can't Help Squinting
"Move the sun please, we just can't help squinting. M.C.L."

A real photo postcard addressed on the other side to Mr. Earl Cady, Laramie, Wyo., and postmarked in Laramie on April 27, 1909.

For other squinty photos, see the Flickr group Squinting at the S…
Added on February 16, 2018

Here's a Wireless Telegram—Be My Valentine

Here's a Wireless Telegram—Be My Valentine
Here's a wireless telegram
That I will send to you
I'm in love with you—I am
I love you 'deed I do
Be my valentine.
R. F. Outcault

Cartoonist Richard F. Outcault (1863-1928) featured Buster Brown and his dog Tige—both of them winking and smiling—in this…
Added on February 13, 2018

Dear Santa, Please Pause Here—The Claus That Refreshes

Dear Santa, Please Pause Here—The Claus That Refreshes
A 1950s Christmas display at the National Christmas Center near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, features Jimmy, his sister, and Santa Claus. The jolly old gent is looking closely at Jimmy's note—"Dear Santa, please pause here"—which refers to the bottle of Coca-…
Added on December 24, 2017

Best Wishes for a Little League Merry Christmas (Cropped)

Best Wishes for a Little League Merry Christmas (Cropped)
Coach Oliver "Ollie" Fawcett and the Lycoming Dairy Little League Baseball team posing in front of the field house at the historic Carl E. Stotz Field. Fawcett used this photo on a Christmas card in the early 1950s.
Added on December 22, 2017

Best Wishes for a Little League Merry Christmas

Best Wishes for a Little League Merry Christmas
A photo of something beginning with C—in this case, a coach on a photographic Christmas card—for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

"Best wishes for a Merry Christmas. Ollie."

Oliver "Ollie" Fawcett coached the Lycoming Dairy team, which was an early Little…
Added on December 22, 2017

A Happy Christmas?

A Happy Christmas?
John Grossman included this puzzling postcard in his book Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2008), p. 110. He suggests that the actions of this mean Santa Claus derive from earlier European traditions li…
Added on December 15, 2017

Steamboat Ticket, Reading, Pa., to Klapperthal Pavilion, July 4, 1896

Steamboat Ticket, Reading, Pa., to Klapperthal Pavilion, July 4, 1896
A child's ticket for a steamboat trip on the Schuylkill River between Reading, Pennsylvania, and the Klapperthal Pavilion, which was located outside of town and contained a dance floor, restaurant, and other amenities. The back of the ticket is stamped "J…
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

Greetings from Our House to Your House

Greetings from Our House to Your House
"Greetings from Our House to Your House. The Herr's."

A family posing with holiday decorations for a photographic Christmas card.
Added on December 11, 2017