Alan Mays' photos with the ephemera

All Halloween Greetings—Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow and Witch with Crescent Moon

All Halloween Greetings—Jack-o'-Lantern Scarecrow and Witch with Crescent Moon
"All Hallowe'en Greetings."

A postcard addressed to Dessie Cable, 31 Linden Ave., Sewickley, Pa., and postmarked on Oct. 29, 1910, in Johnstown, Pa.

Handwritten message: "Hello Dessie, How's the weather there? We have snow and it's very cold. My addres…
Added on October 22, 2018

Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922

Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922
A Halloween dance possibly named after the Black Cat Dance (sheet music, 1916). The site of the dance was Hiemenz's Auditorium, a venue managed by H. John Hiemenz. See also Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920.

Black Cat Dance…
Added on October 22, 2018

Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920

Hell'o'een Masked Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 29, 1920
See also Black Cat Dance Ticket, Lancaster, Pa., October 27, 1922 for another Halloween dance held in Hiemenz's Auditorium.

Hell'o'een Masked Dance

Hiemenz Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 29.

Kiphorn's Orchestra. Admission, 60 cts.
Added on October 22, 2018

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid
A knitted photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A real photo postcard with a mother and daughter wearing knitted tops along with plaid pleated skirts.
Added on February 12, 2015

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.
For the front of this advertising trade card, see Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods!

Choice styles. Satisfactory prices.

An early visit is respectfully solicited from yourself a…
Added on October 15, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.
"Spangler & Rich, dry goods, groceries, Marietta, Pa. Marietta Times Print."

A nineteenth-century advertising trade card for Spangler & Rich's store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the other side of this card, see Woolen Suitings, Dress…
Added on October 15, 2018

Ticket for a Chance on a $25 Suit of Clothes

Ticket for a Chance on a $25 Suit of Clothes
An early raffle ticket for a chance on a "$25 suit of clothes." It's likely that the "Liberty Band" was the one with that name based in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

"This ticket is good for one chance on a $25 suit of clothes to be chanced off by the Libert…
Added on October 15, 2018

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. Chas. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 29, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "Dear Grandmother, I wish you were down to get some taffy & fudge and nuts. I hope you are well and I will be up…
Added on October 13, 2018

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. C. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 31, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "With love, from Kit."

Printed on back: "Raphael Tuck & Sons' 'Hallowe'en' Series of Post Cards No. 174."

For ano…
Added on October 13, 2018

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"
"Look pleasant" is what the horse/photographer is saying as a donkey and boy pose for a photo.

This is a postcard addressed on the other side to Mrs. Emma Cranford, Lisbon, Ohio, R.F.D. No. 2, and postmarked Wilson, Pa., June 27, 1910.

Handwritten messa…
Added on October 13, 2018

Cosmopolitan Club, Springfield College, 1926

Cosmopolitan Club, Springfield College, 1926
The Cosmopolitan Club was the precursor to the International Students Organization at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. The Springfield College Digital Collections contains additional Cosmopolitan Club photos from various years.
Added on September  3, 2018

You Might Get What I Gave This Stamp!

You Might Get What I Gave This Stamp!
Consider yourself quite lucky,
That you're far away in camp:
If you were here in State College, Pa.,
You might get what I gave this stamp!

Looks like that stamp is getting a licking, though I suppose she could be giving it a kiss.
Added on October  9, 2018

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.
A humorous "advance card" for the A. S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Salesmen from the company sent postcards like this in advance of their trips to let store owners know when they planned to visit.

The salesman depi…
Added on October  9, 2018

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About
On Hallowe'en be wary and look about
The gobble-uns will git you ef you don't watch out!

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs. The lines about the "gobble-uns" are from "Little Orphant Annie" (1885), a poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

For anot…
Added on October  8, 2018

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker
A Halloween postcard, circa 1920s.

Hallowe'en Greetings
When the candles flicker
When the wind goes woo-oo
May it mean a fortune
Mighty good for you.
Added on October  8, 2018

Ticket Good for One Dance, Giffey's Hall, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio

Ticket Good for One Dance, Giffey's Hall, Ridgeville Corners, Ohio
"Good for One Dance at Giffey's Hall, Ridgeville Cors., O."

Dance ticket for Giffey's Hall, which was built in 1916 and currently houses a community theater.

Compare this dance ticket with Rhodes Casino on the Pawtucket, Ticket Good for One Dance, Seaso…
Added on October  6, 2018

The Man with the Iron Mask—Walking Round the World

The Man with the Iron Mask—Walking Round the World
A postcard addressed to W. F. Esling, 26 The Grange, Beccles, and postmarked Colchester, July 16, 1908.

Has this gentleman arrived your way yet?

Handwritten message on the other side: "Dear Fred, Has this gentleman arrived your way yet? He was in Col. a…
Added on October  5, 2018

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s (Side 2)

Philadelphia Electric Company Wheel Chart, ca. 1930s (Side 2)
The reverse of an advertising wheel chart promoting the use of electricity. For more information, see the front side.

The average cost of operating an electric refrigerator of about 7 cu. ft. capacity is $1.40 per month.

The cost to heat water on the o…
Added on September 30, 2018