Alan Mays' photos with the men

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

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

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania

Stick to Me and You Will Wear Diamonds, L. M. Arnold, Sand Patch, Pennsylvania
The last line on this amusing acquaintance card refers to a song, "Any Old Place I Can Hang My Hat Is Home Sweet Home to Me," which was published as sheet music in 1901 and recorded on phonograph cylinder in 1902, making it likely that the card dates from…
Added on September 30, 2018

Mr. E. H. White, Calling Card with Photograph

Mr. E. H. White, Calling Card with Photograph
A Victorian-era calling card for "Mr. E. H. White" along with his photograph, which looks like it may have been copied from a CDV. Anyone recognize the typeface?

For similar cards, see my album of Calling Cards with Photographs.
Added on September 30, 2018

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World
What would be a good name for the "largest horse in the world," a Percheron owned by Dr. L. D. LeGear, whose company manufactured patent veterinary medicines in the early twentieth century? Well, how about "Dr. LeGear"? That wouldn't confuse anybody, woul…
Added on September 27, 2018

Harvest Home Display with Minister

Harvest Home Display with Minister
In this real photo postcard, a minister of a church (location and date unknown) stands in the midst of fruits and vegetables that decorate the altar in preparation for a Harvest Home service.

"Harvest Home" is a religious celebration that's still held to…
Added on September 17, 2018

Did You Know That Eleven and Twelve Make 23?

Did You Know That Eleven and Twelve Make 23?
"What time is it down there?" "Just eleven." "It's twelve up here—you know eleven and twelve make 23." Handwritten: "Did this ever occur to you?"

So what does the mother mean by yelling "eleven and twelve make 23" down at the couple hanging out on the h…
Added on September  3, 2018

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907

Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1907
"Steamboat Mary, Wrightsville and Columbia, Pa. B. D. Beittel, Columbia, Pa."

An early postcard of Steamboat Mary, which evidently ran on the Susquehanna River between Wrightsville, York County, and Columbia, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The card date…
Added on August 11, 2018

You Are Too Slow for Me

You Are Too Slow for Me
A man and a woman are riding a giant snail in this strange scene from an early twentieth-century postcard. Caption at bottom: "You Are Too Slow for Me."
Added on August  4, 2018

The Way We Catch Them

The Way We Catch Them
"The Way We Catch Them. Souvenir Post Card Co., N.Y." Postmarked Ocean City, N.J., Sept. 6, 1919.
Added on August  4, 2018

Hankerchief Flirtation Card

Hankerchief Flirtation Card
The notion that men and women could use handkerchiefs to secretly signal their romantic intentions may seem far-fetched, but that's the idea behind this "Handkerchief Flirtation" list.

In fact, using hankies to flirt seems downright dangerous. You might…
Added on July 27, 2018

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji, Minnesota
Sign: "Paul Bunyan, 1937." Caption (the white lettering at the bottom is almost unreadable): "Paul Bunyan and Babe, His Blue Ox. HAK, Bemidji, Minn."

A real photo postcard of a man standing between the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, which w…
Added on August 15, 2016

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

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

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

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919
"Rosey's Auto Graveyard on Lincoln Highway at Vintage, Pa. Between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa."

The Lancaster County Postcard Club's book, Lancaster County Postcards: Windows to Our Past (Stevens, Pa., 1998), p. 94, gives a date of 1919 for this post…
Added on July  9, 2018

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
A real photo postcard with "McDowell Studio, Clearfield, Pa." embossed in the lower right-hand corner. "The Brown Family" is the only thing written on the other side.

Nineteen graduating seniors—seventeen young woman and two young men—posed for this phot…
Added on June 19, 2018