Alan Mays' photos with the vintage

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

Identify the Christmas Songs from the Pictures

Identify the Christmas Songs from the Pictures
This rebus puzzle sheet is left over from the time when photocopiers and fax machines were the technologies used to share jokes. This specific version of the sheet dates to December 17, 1998.

Although the days of photocopy humor and faxlore are long gone…
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

Hooray! Let the Christmas Cooking Begin!

Hooray! Let the Christmas Cooking Begin!
In this undated slide, two exuberant women commence Christmas cooking in the kitchen.

Santa Claus decoration on the wall: "Merry Christmas. Happy New Year."
Added on December  4, 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

Heaney the Magician

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

This is the top portion of a 10-ticket sheet for stage magician Gerald Heaney (1899-1974), also known as "Heaney t…
Added on November 23, 2017

How We Pass the Time at Pittsburgh, Pa.

How We Pass the Time at Pittsburgh, Pa.
One in a series of amusing "How We Pass the Time" postcards published in the early twentieth century. This noon-time example is postmarked 1911, and it illustrates how "Pittsburgh" has been spelled with and without a final "h" at different times.

How We…
Added on November 23, 2017

A Happy Thanksgiving with Ice Cream

A Happy Thanksgiving with Ice Cream
This Thanksgiving greeting card with an Art Deco-y design from the 1920s is also an advertisement for the Carry Ice Cream Company, which manufactured Carry's Frozen Pudding Ice Cream and other treats in Washington, D.C.

A Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving…
Added on November 23, 2017

A Lady Lounging on the Lawn in 1965

A Lady Lounging on the Lawn in 1965
A deck chairs / lawn chairs photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

This is a Kodachrome Transparency slide dated January 1966, so I'm guessing that this lady was luxuriating in the comfort of her aluminum webbed chaise lounge lawn chair sometime in 196…
Added on November 19, 2017

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Greeting

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Greeting
"Uncle Sam. Thanksgiving Greeting."

Uncle Sam is carrying a turkey and a flag on this patriotic Thanksgiving postcard mailed in 1910.
Added on November 20, 2017

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day
A 1908 Tuck postcard with an apparently cannibalistic Thanksgiving scene of two turkeys pulling on a wishbone.
Added on November 20, 2017