Alan Mays' photos with the antique

Viel Glück zum neuen Jahre

Viel Glück zum neuen Jahre
"Viel Glück zum neuen Jahre." (Good luck for the New Year.)
Added on January  1, 2018

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Wishing You a Happy New Year
"Wishing you a happy New Year."

A Victorian-era greeting for the New Year.
Added on January  1, 2018

Engine Number 30 at the Grangers' Picnic, Cumberland Valley Railroad Yards, Williams Grove, Pa., 1916

Engine Number 30 at the Grangers' Picnic, Cumberland Valley Railroad Yards, Williams Grove, Pa., 1916
Caption on the front of this postcard: "C.V.R.R. Yards, Williams Grove, Pa."

Printed on the back: "14546 - Pub. by A. M. Deichler, Lancaster, Pa., for J. Hurst Est., Mechanicsburg, Pa."

Postmarked Mechanicsburg, Pa., Aug. 30, 1918, and addressed to Mis…
Added on December 31, 2017

Public Sale of Saddler Supplies! Schaefferstown, Pa., June 28, 1919

Public Sale of Saddler Supplies! Schaefferstown, Pa., June 28, 1919
A small sale bill from 1919.

Public Sale of Saddler Supplies!

The undersigned will sell at public sale at the Franklin House, Schaefferstown, Pa., on Saturday evening, June 28, 1919, the following, to wit:

Front gear, collars, hams, halters, bridles, t…
Added on April 10, 2014

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

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

Hershey Chocolate Company—Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas

Hershey Chocolate Company—Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas
A small holiday greeting card possibly used as an insert in candy boxes.
Added on December 20, 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

Snowman Christmas Greetings

Snowman Christmas Greetings
A snowman carries a small Christmas tree in this wintry night-time scene from an early twentieth-century postcard.
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

Merry Christmas from the Hughes, 1963

Merry Christmas from the Hughes, 1963
"Merry Christmas. The Hughes. 1963."

For another photographic Christmas card from the Hughes, see A Chorus of Christmas Greetings for 1962:
Added on December 23, 2015

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

Hello, Is This Santa? Merry Christmas!

Hello, Is This Santa? Merry Christmas!
"Hello - Merry Christmas."

An early twentieth-century postcard featuring cutting-edge candlestick telephone communications technology.

See also Hello, Merry Christmas! Operator, Can You Help Me, Help Me If You Please.
Added on December  4, 2017

Wool Mattress, E. H. Coolidge and Company, Boston, Mass.

Wool Mattress, E. H. Coolidge and Company, Boston, Mass.
"E. H. Coolidge & Co., proprietors. Office, 21 Blackstone St., Boston, Mass. Wool Mattress Company, So. Framingham, Mass."

A Victorian-era advertising trade card dating to the 1870s.
Added on December  4, 2017

Merry Christmas 1890

Merry Christmas 1890
A Victorian-era chromolithographed card with an added photo (a rectangular portion of the card was cut out of the middle, and the photo--part of a CDV--was affixed to the back). As far as I can determine, "Merry Christmas 1890" is what's stamped at the to…
Added on November 22, 2016

Heaney the Magician Tickets

Heaney the Magician Tickets
"Heaney the Magician. Good luck to you. Good luck. Heaney, World's Foremost Magician, and Company. Adults. Admit one. Heaney the Magician."

Gerald Heaney (1899-1974) was a stage magician who performed as "Heaney the Great." See also an enlargement of the…
Added on November 23, 2017