Alan Mays' photos with the musicians

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

Accordion Kids (Cropped)

Accordion Kids (Cropped)
Three kids, two with accordions and one with a trumpet.

Take a look at the full version of the snapshot.
Added on August 20, 2018

Accordion Kids

Accordion Kids
A snapshot of three kids, two with accordions and one with a trumpet. Looks like the smiling boys in front are enjoying themselves, but I'm not sure whether the girl in back is having any fun.

Notice the toy cannon that's situated near the edge of the po…
Added on August 20, 2018

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard showing the Tressler Orphans' Home Band. "Tressler" was part of its name beginning sometime in the nineteenth century, so I'm not sure why it's missing from the drum in this early twentieth-century photo.

For a later incarnation of…
Added on July 19, 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

Swing Club Dance Ticket, Hostetter's Ball Room, October 11, 1940

Swing Club Dance Ticket, Hostetter's Ball Room, October 11, 1940
"Join the crowd at the Swing Club Dance, Friday, October 11, 1940. Jam to Sam Loss. Hostetter's Ball Room. 9 to 12, semi-formal. Donation, $1.00 per couple."

Samuel W. Loss and his orchestra jammed for the Swing Club crowd at Hostetter's Play Barn (or Ba…
Added on January 29, 2018

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852
A ticket or invitation for a "Universal Ball" held in Keene, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1852.

As listed on the ticket, musician S. K. Conant played both the violin and the "Kolquearougion," an instrument he invented. Although a newspaper article in 1859…
Added on December 31, 2017

A Chorus of Christmas Greetings for 1962

A Chorus of Christmas Greetings for 1962
"Christmas Greetings, 1962. David, Ricky, Diane, Richard, and Helen Hughes."

For another card from the Hughes, see Merry Christmas from the Hughes, 1963:
Added on December 20, 2013

C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra, Harrisburg, Pa.

C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra, Harrisburg, Pa.
"C. Lloyd Major and His Orchestra. C. Lloyd Major, Bell 3-4109. 1944 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg, Pa."

C. Lloyd Major was active as a musician in Pennsylvania during the 1920s and 1930s. His musical group went by various names, including C. Lloyd Major a…
Added on June  9, 2016

Nothing Succeeds Like Success, Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s

Nothing Succeeds Like Success, Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s
The reverse of a nineteenth-century advertising card for the Galt House hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio (see below). The "Nothing Succeeds Like Success" text appeared in newspapers and magazines as early as 1881, including the Madison Weekly Herald, Madison, I…
Added on August 11, 2017

Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s

Galt House, Cincinnati, Ohio, ca. 1880s
A patriotic advertising card for the Galt House hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. The text on the other side of the card--Nothing Succeeds Like Success (see below)--appeared in various newspapers and magazines as early as 1881.

The Cincinnati Galt House was app…
Added on August 11, 2017

Altoona City Band, Grand Concert Ticket, Altoona, Pa., February 16, 1888

Altoona City Band, Grand Concert Ticket, Altoona, Pa., February 16, 1888
"Grand Concert. Altoona City Band with the assistance of local talent. Opera House, February 16th, 1888. Tickets, 50 cents. Quick Charity and Hospital Fund."

A ticket for a charity concert held in 1888 by the Altoona City Band. Looks like the printer use…
Added on July 18, 2017

Let Me Take the Liberty

Let Me Take the Liberty
"Let me take the Liberty to invite you to the Fifth Annual Ball of the Original Ulster Social Club, Incorporated, at Tammany Hall, 14th Street near Third Avenue, Wednesday evening, Jan. 23, '07. Music by Prof. D. J. Lent's Full Orchestra. Tickets, admit g…
Added on May 17, 2017

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg at the Grangers' Picnic, Williams Grove, Pa., 1915

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg at the Grangers' Picnic, Williams Grove, Pa., 1915
Drumhead: "Singer, Mechanicsburg, Pa." Caption at the bottom of the photo: "Grangers Picnic, 1915."

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, posed for this photo in 1915 at the Grangers' Picnic, which was an annual event held each summer at the Wi…
Added on May  3, 2017

A Musical Blow-Out

A Musical Blow-Out
Handwritten note on the back of this real photo postcard: "Austin, Lomah, & Jonas, a musical blow-out."
Added on January  4, 2017

Bo and Ernie, December 29, 1967

Bo and Ernie, December 29, 1967
Written on the back: "12/29/67 - Bo."

Bo on the floor and Tennessee Ernie Ford on the TV. I'm not sure whose legs those are on the couch.

For another dogs-TV-legs combination, see Fuzzy Dog (below).
Added on January  4, 2017

Thanksgiving Ball! Lisbon, N.H., 1869

Thanksgiving Ball! Lisbon, N.H., 1869
"Thanksgiving Ball! At Town Hall, Lisbon, N.H., Thursday eve., Nov. 18, 1869. Your company is solicited. Floor managers, J. K. Atwood, J. W. Coburn. Music furnished by the orchestra of the Lisbon Cornet Band. Ticket for dancing, $1.00."
Added on November 21, 2016