Alan Mays' photos with the vintage

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971
A steam calliope in a snapshot dated March 1971. This calliope is known as Getz's Steam Calliope after the three brothers—Noah, William, and Robert Getz—who operated it for many years.

Hauled around on a tractor trailer, the calliope still makes regular…
Added on July 19, 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

A Man and His Deer Head

A Man and His Deer Head
A real photo postcard of a man holding a deer head.

For a similar photo, see A Man and His Moosehead Bier.
Added on July 19, 2018

Dolls and Bears (Cropped—Back Rows)

Dolls and Bears (Cropped—Back Rows)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on July 19, 2018

Dolls and Bears (Cropped—Front Row)

Dolls and Bears (Cropped—Front Row)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on July 19, 2018

Dolls and Bears

Dolls and Bears
A real photo postcard of a gathering of women along with their dolls, teddy bears (including a Steiff, I'm told), and maybe one or two stuffed lions or dogs. No date, location, or other information, unfortunately.

For close-up views, see cropped versions…
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

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now
This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card.

It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…
Added on July 14, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania
A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…
Added on July 14, 2018

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

C. L. Hartz, Dealer in Meats and Cheese, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
A business card by Pluck Print with an illustration of anthropomorphic pigs by the Philadelphia engraving firm of Crosscup and West.

C. L. Hartz

Dealer in all kinds of first-class smoked meats, such as ham, dried beef, bologna, breakfast bacon, &c

Che…
Added on July 13, 2018

There Are Some Freak Fish Around Here!

There Are Some Freak Fish Around Here!
"There are some fish around here. Greetings from Beach Haven Terrace, N.J."

Printed on the back: "Series 925, Freak Fish, 12 designs."

See also There Are Some Fish Around Here.
Added on July 13, 2018

Backyard Swingers, July 1965

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

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket
"Lancaster, E., & M. Turnpike Co. The gate keepers must punch the spaces. Gate - 1, 2, 3, 4, 4½ , 5, 6, 7. Horse Team - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Cattle, Etc."

An unused ticket for the Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company, which operat…
Added on July 19, 2018

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)

Lancaster, Elizabethtown, and Middletown Turnpike Company Ticket (Rotated)
For more information, see the original version of the ticket.
Added on July 19, 2018

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket

Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company Ticket
The Berks and Dauphin Turnpike Road Company was in existence from 1805 to about 1917 and collected tolls along a road that extended from Berks County through Lebanon County and into Dauphin County in Pennsylvania.

The punches on this ticket indicate tha…
Added on July 19, 2018

Ice Cream, Clifford Sutton, 5¢

Ice Cream, Clifford Sutton, 5¢
"Ice Cream, Clifford Sutton, 5¢"

For other ice cream price tags, see Ice Cream, 5 Cents and Wertley's Quality Ice Cream Price Tags.
Added on July  9, 2018

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s
"The Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa. The home of Velvet Ice Cream."

According to "Russ Bros. New Ice Cream Plant," an article in the Ice Cream Trade Journal, March 1920, pp. 47-49, the Russ Bros. Ice Cream Company bought an old typewri…
Added on July  9, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker, Dakota, Illinois

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker, Dakota, Illinois
A postcard-sized example of ornamental penmanship featuring a flourished bird. The piece is unsigned and may date to as early as the 1880s or 1890s.

"Compliments of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Shoemaker, Dakota, Ill."

Joseph Shellenberger Shoemaker (1854-1936) w…
Added on July  2, 2018