Alan Mays' photos with the trees

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

Hatchet Job (Cropped)

Hatchet Job (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this photo.
Added on May 24, 2018

Hatchet Job

Hatchet Job
For the Vintage Photos Theme Park, a photo of troublemakers and misfits (that guy always was a troublemaker: photo featuring a misfit—someone set apart from the rest of the people by dress, action, expression, etc.).

A jolly bunch of men and women are po…
Added on May 24, 2018

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

A Joyous Easter

A Joyous Easter
A photographic Easter greeting card with a soldier posing in front of a fake palm tree and beach.
Added on March 21, 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

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

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

Petroleum Soaps, Rice and Robinson Soap Company, Titusville, Pennsylvania, 1892

Petroleum Soaps, Rice and Robinson Soap Company, Titusville, Pennsylvania, 1892
"Rice & Robinson Soap Co., Petroleum Soaps. Presented by O. S. Rice. E. S. Rice, president. R. L. Rice, v, pres't & gen'l mgr. J. C. Robinson, sec'y. E. H. Beardsley, treas. Trademark. Drake. First oil well, 1859. Titusville, Pa. G. H. Dunston, Buffalo, N…
Added on September 24, 2017

The Home of the American Raccoon

The Home of the American Raccoon
Stamped on the back of the photo: "Fairhill Studios, 2918 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia, Radcliff 2317."

There are three or more raccoons making their home in the wire mesh enclosure behind the "Home of the American Raccoon" sign. The fellow on top is weari…
Added on September  1, 2017

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents
A mother and son-—along with a tree and wrapped presents-—seem to be materializing out of the ether in this Christmas double exposure.

For other haunted holiday happenings, see The Ghosts of Christmas Past and The Ghosts of Easter Past (below).
Added on June 15, 2017

Reward of Merit Presented to Oliver K. Ott

Reward of Merit Presented to Oliver K. Ott
"Reward of Merit presented to Oliver K. Ott, by William C. Weiss, teacher. An honorable testimony of approbation for industry, punctuality, & good conduct."

Probably the same Oliver K. Ott (1860-1944) who's listed on Find A Grave.
Added on June  3, 2017

Till the Cows Go Home

Till the Cows Go Home
An undated red-border Kodachrome slide, circa 1950s.
Added on February 12, 2014

Travers American Hammock

Travers American Hammock
"Travers American Hammock. Trademark. Patented July 29, 1879. New style, perfect in shape, beauty & strength; brass mounted, cardinal binding. Samples by mail, $3.00, postage, 50 cents. Hellerson."

Vincent P. Travers, who was one of the officers in the c…
Added on April 19, 2017

Charles K. Hamilton Flying at the Cameron County Fair, Emporium, Pa., Sept. 14, 1911 (Detail)

Charles K. Hamilton Flying at the Cameron County Fair, Emporium, Pa., Sept. 14, 1911 (Detail)
A detail from a real photo postcard showing daredevil aviator Charles K. Hamilton flying above the trees in his Curtiss biplane in 1911. For more information, see the full version of the photo:
Added on March  5, 2017

Charles K. Hamilton Flying at the Cameron County Fair, Emporium, Pa., Sept. 14, 1911

Charles K. Hamilton Flying at the Cameron County Fair, Emporium, Pa., Sept. 14, 1911
"Chas. K. Hamilton Flying at Cameron Co. Fair, Emporium, Pa., Sept. 14, 1911."

A real photo postcard addressed to Anneada B. Secrist, Rebersburg, Pa., and postmarked Emporium, Pa., Oct. 2, 1911.

Message: "Dear Anneada, Am waiting for a letter from you a…
Added on March  5, 2017