Alan Mays' photos with the strange

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

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

Girl with Ductwork

Girl with Ductwork
Handwritten date on the back of this photo: Aug. 1941. Stamped on back: Peerless Photo Shop, Lacrosse, Wis.
Added on July 19, 2018

July 5—The Morning After

July 5—The Morning After
"The Morning After. July 5. Witch hazel, liniment, arnica. F.L. 219/6. Gene Carr."

Postmarked at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, on July 6, 1915.

Cartoonist Gene Carr's postcard demonstrates the dire results of a dangerous evening of Fourth of July firewor…
Added on July  2, 2018

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

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

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

Something Fishy This Way Comes

Something Fishy This Way Comes
A French real photo postcard for April Fools' Day, called poissons d'avril (April fish) in France. There's no postmark on this hand-tinted card, but it likely dates to the early twentieth century.

"1er Avril. Si tu devines que l'envoie, / Tu n'es pas la…
Added on March 26, 2018

It's My Treat

It's My Treat
Printed on the back: "This card is a genuine photograph, hand colored. Made in the United States."

Perhaps this real photo postcard was intended as a birth announcement, since it used to be (or still is?) customary for fathers to hand out cigars to frien…
Added on March 23, 2015

Patriotic Toddler

Patriotic Toddler
A photo with decorative border or frame for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

"Reporting for diaper duty, sir!"

With an elaborate border consisting of an eagle, flag, canons, bombs bursting in air, and other patriotic and military symbols, it's surprising…
Added on September 24, 2017

Will You Be My Socialist Valentine?

Will You Be My Socialist Valentine?
"To my valentine. I'm a socialist, will you be one? Free drinks, free money, free love. Ellam."

Postmarked Saginaw West Side, Mich., Feb. 4, 1911, and addressed to Ward Brown, 820 North Mason, Saginaw West Side.

Handwritten message: "I hope you are as I…
Added on January 22, 2018

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

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day
A 1908 Tuck postcard with an apparently cannibalistic Thanksgiving scene of two turkeys pulling on a wishbone.
Added on November 20, 2017