Alan Mays' photos with the ephemera

Aieeeeee!!!

Aieeeeee!!!
Lots of fun details here--pouts, grins, somber looks, closed eyes, big hats, wall hangings, patterned wallpaper, a mirror.

And then there's that kid in front who's yelling at the top of his lungs and ruining the picture: Aieeeeee!!!

The photo came in a…
Added on August 24, 2016

Aieeeeee!!! (Full Version)

Aieeeeee!!! (Full Version)
For more information, see the cropped version of this photo:
Added on August 24, 2016

Be Specific, Say "Union Pacific" (1952)

Be Specific, Say "Union Pacific" (1952)
"For dependable transportation, be specific, say 'Union Pacific.' Road of the Daily Streamliners. 1952. 1953."

Places listed on the map: Portland, Seattle, Spokane, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sun Valley, Butte, Ogden, Pocatello, Salt Lake City, Hoover D…
Added on March 21, 2014

Bear on a Bicycle at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, N.J., 1957 (Cropped)

Bear on a Bicycle at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, N.J., 1957 (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this photo.
Added on May 13, 2018

Bear on a Bicycle at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, N.J., 1957

Bear on a Bicycle at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, N.J., 1957
A photo of a dock or a pier for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

This is a 1957 snapshot of the Steel Pier, an amusement pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Billed as "The Show Place of the Nation," the pier hosted a variety of shows and acts, including a d…
Added on May 13, 2018

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate
Printed on the other side: "If it's a photo we make it. Empire Photo. Co. 815 Westchester Ave., Bronx."

A triple-exposure trick photo of "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing"), whose name is written on the back of a second photo that I purchased along…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping
Initials at lower right-hand corner: "F.W.H."

Handwritten name on the other side of this real photo postcard: "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing").

Printed on the other side: "Broadway Photo Shop, 1593, B'way, N.Y."

The AZO stamp box on the back s…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat
An unused real photo postcard. There's no handwritten message on the other side, and there's no indication of a photo studio.

For more trick photos like this, see my Mirror Photos album.
Added on May 10, 2018

Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile

Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile
Note that this automobile has a tiller rather than a wheel for steering.

For a similar photo, see Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile.
Added on May  5, 2018

Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile

Tintype of Three Women in an Early Automobile
Notice how the young woman is holding a tiller rather than a wheel as she pretends to steer the automobile.

For a similar photo, see Tintype of Two Women and a Man in an Early Automobile.
Added on May  5, 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

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)
Agnes Conrad circled her high school portrait (in the lower right-hand corner), which was part of a montage of 98 photos that formed the letters "NCHS" on a real photo postcard in 1915. For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcar…
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.
"NCHS, Class of 1915, Photo by Seavy."

The heads of 98 members of the class of 1915 at New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, form the letters "NCHS" in this remarkable photographic montage by Edgar E. Seavy (for information about the photog…
Added on April 26, 2018

I Do Not Hesitate to State

I Do Not Hesitate to State
An unused postcard with no postmark or anything else to indic8 a d8.

I do not hesist8 to st8
I'll see you at an early d8--
The day I can not indic8--
But even if the trains are l8,
Or if they raise the railroad r8,
Or I'm forced to go by fr8,
I'll see yo…
Added on April 25, 2018

I Part My Hair in the Middle, Crease My Pants on the Side, and Shine My Shoes in the Front

I Part My Hair in the Middle, Crease My Pants on the Side, and Shine My Shoes in the Front
A unique acquaintance card.

Albert W. Colter

Way down in my heart I've got a feeling for you.

May I see you home this evening.

I don't smoke, chew, drink, tell lies, go with other girls, or break dates. I part my hair in the middle, crease my pants on…
Added on April 16, 2018