Alan Mays' photos with the ephemera

Inman Steamship Company

Inman Steamship Company
"Inman Steamship Company. The Major & Knapp Lith. Co., N.Y." Rubberstamped on front: "Chas. W. Hamilton, Brimfield, Illinois. Brimfield Bank."

A Victorian-era trade card advertising the Inman Steamship Company, a British passenger shipping company.
Added on November 13, 2017

Holcomb and Caskey, Wholesale Lumber, New York, N.Y.

Holcomb and Caskey, Wholesale Lumber, New York, N.Y.
"Holcomb & Caskey. Wholesale lumber, white pine, North Carolina pine, hemlock & cypress lumber, white pine, cedar and cypress shingles. Office, 18 Broadway, New York. Brooks Bank Note Co., Boston."

Despite Holcomb & Caskey's impressive business card, the…
Added on November 13, 2017

Santa Claus and His Harley

Santa Claus and His Harley
Looks like the jolly old gent is already revving up for the holiday season!

A found photo, date and location unknown.
Added on November 13, 2017

Here's to a Jolly Thanksgiving Feast

Here's to a Jolly Thanksgiving Feast
"Here's to jolly feast with Thanksgiving greetings." Printed on the back: "Thanksgiving Series No. 26."

A male turkey with a woman's head? Or a woman wearing a turkey costume? Just another quirky American Thanksgiving postcard from the early twentieth ce…
Added on November 13, 2017

Cruikshank Apple Butter Blotter, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Cruikshank Apple Butter Blotter, Pittsburgh, Pa.
"'No thanks,' said Banks, I want Cruikshank Delicious Apple Butter. Cruikshank Bros. Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A. Cubro Apple Butter. Net weight 2 lbs. avoir. H. Gamse & Bro. Litho., Balto., Md."
Added on November 13, 2017

Costume Creepiness (Full Version)

Costume Creepiness (Full Version)
See also a cropped version of this real photo postcard.
Added on October 29, 2017

Costume Creepiness

Costume Creepiness
An additional Halloween photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park (post as many photos as you want--no limit!--that relate directly or indirectly to Halloween).

I'm not certain whether this photo was actually taken at Halloween, but I wouldn't want to run…
Added on October 29, 2017

Our Kind of Cantaloupe—How We Do Things at Lancaster, Pa.

Our Kind of Cantaloupe—How We Do Things at Lancaster, Pa.
"How we do things at Lancaster, Pa. Our Kind."

Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr., of Waupun, Wisconsin, created this postcard in 1911.
Added on October 29, 2017

Halloween Is the Season When Maidens Dream

Halloween Is the Season When Maidens Dream
This is the season the maidens dream
Things of future unforeseen.
Dream sweet dreams, oh! ladies fair;
But of the future have a care!

A postcard addressed on the other side to my grandmother, "Miss Annie Sturtz, Fairhope Boswell, Pa." (I'm not exactly…
Added on October 29, 2017

Halloween at Your Friendly Kodak Dealer

Halloween at Your Friendly Kodak Dealer
A Halloween window display at a camera store. I believe that the sign that's partially visible above "Your Friendly Kodak Dealer" is "Service Photo Supply Co." Does anyone recognize the camera or other equipment? Is this a photo store scene from the 1960…
Added on October 27, 2017

Halloween Kodak-O'-Lantern

Halloween Kodak-O'-Lantern
One more Halloween photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park (post as many photos as you want--no limit!--that relate directly or indirectly to Halloween).

A jack-o'-lantern in a Halloween window display at a Kodak camera store.

For a better view of the d…
Added on October 27, 2017

Pumpkinhead Boy with Witch and Black Cat

Pumpkinhead Boy with Witch and Black Cat
Why is the witch holding a knife? Is that a plate of ice cream with a wedding ring on top? Is that a black cat or could it be a big rat? What is pumpkinhead boy smiling at? Why are some early twentieth-century Halloween postcards so puzzling?
Added on October 24, 2017

A Witch with a Veggie Chauffeur in a Halloween Melon-mobile

A Witch with a Veggie Chauffeur in a Halloween Melon-mobile
A witch holds her broomstick tightly as she rides in the back seat of a watermelon car driven by a wide-eyed veggie creature. A black cat sits next to her, and a bat flies above.

A date of "Oct. 31st, 1908" is written on the other side of this postcard,…
Added on October 24, 2017

Merry Halloween from Brunswick, Maine, 1943 (Cropped)

Merry Halloween from Brunswick, Maine, 1943 (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on October 20, 2017

Merry Halloween from Brunswick, Maine, 1943

Merry Halloween from Brunswick, Maine, 1943
Yet another Halloween photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A real photo postcard with a Halloween portrait of kids (including twins?), a cat, and a jack-o'-lantern all posing on the front porch (see also a cropped version of the photo). The family se…
Added on October 20, 2017

Truckload of Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska, 1937

Truckload of Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska, 1937
Caption at bottom (difficult to see): "179. Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska. Photocraft."

Sign on building: "Northern Meat [Market]."

Addressed on the other side to Bob Bern, Seward, Alaska, and postmarked Cordova, Alaska, Sep. 30, 1937.

Message:…
Added on October 17, 2017

Bringing in the Corn

Bringing in the Corn
A photo of horses, carriages, or wagons for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Handwritten note on the back: "I think [this was] taken at Guthrie farm." The AZO stamp box on the other side suggests a possible date as early as 1904 to 1918.

This young fellow…
Added on October 16, 2017

May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!
"May love light your Hallow-e'en lantern! H.B.G."

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.).

For another Griggs card, see Have a Devilishly Happy Halloween.
Added on October 16, 2017