Alan Mays' photos with the Victorian

Touch Not, Taste Not, Handle Not

Touch Not, Taste Not, Handle Not
Compare this pledge card with a Lincoln-Lee Legion Pledge Card, 1903, and an Anti-Cigarette Pledge, 1916.

"Touch not. Taste not. Handle not. Pledge. I hereby promise, by the help of God, to abstain from the use of all intoxicating liquors, including wine…
Added on June 10, 2013

Women in Ladder CDV

Women in Ladder CDV
I'm trying to imagine what happened at the photo studio that day.

Photographer: Well, ladies, I've just received a couple of interesting new props that we can use in your portrait today. There's one here and another one over there. Do you prefer the form…
Added on July 31, 2017

Faceless Family CDV (Cropped)

Faceless Family CDV (Cropped)
A close-up of a faceless family foursome on a nineteenth-century CDV. See also the full photo.
Added on January 21, 2019

Faceless Family CDV

Faceless Family CDV
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of flawed memories (photos that are damaged, faded, or have other imperfections, especially ones in which the flaws somehow enhance the image; this includes photos with defective processing, light leakage, a…
Added on January 21, 2019

Frederick H. Stowe, Stove Founder and Manufacturer, Troy, N.Y., ca. 1882

Frederick H. Stowe, Stove Founder and Manufacturer, Troy, N.Y., ca. 1882
Frederick H. Stowe is listed as a "stove manufacturer" ("founder" is someone who owns or operates a foundry) in the Troy, New York, city directory for 1882, but the Troy directory for 1883 indicates that he "removed to Albany." After moving, he went into…
Added on December 17, 2018

Santa's Up on the Housetop!

Santa's Up on the Housetop!
Looks like good ol' Santa Claus and his reindeer are up on the housetop with lots of toys for all the girls and boys!

This is a Victorian-era sample of an advertising trade card.

"Christmas Card—Card No. 3. 3 colors."
Added on December 17, 2018

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods! Spangler and Rich, Marietta, Pa.
For the front of this advertising trade card, see Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Woolen Suitings, Dress Fabrics, Housekeeping Goods!

Choice styles. Satisfactory prices.

An early visit is respectfully solicited from yourself a…
Added on October 15, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.

Spangler and Rich, Dry Goods and Groceries, Marietta, Pa.
"Spangler & Rich, dry goods, groceries, Marietta, Pa. Marietta Times Print."

A nineteenth-century advertising trade card for Spangler & Rich's store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For the other side of this card, see Woolen Suitings, Dress…
Added on October 15, 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

Oyster and Turkey Supper Ticket, Voganville, Pa., December 20, 1894

Oyster and Turkey Supper Ticket, Voganville, Pa., December 20, 1894
A ticket printed in 1894 by Pluck Print.

Oyster and Turkey Supper

At H. S. Keller's Hotel, Voganville, Pa. Dancing free.

On Thursday evening, Dec. 20, 1894.

Price $1.00 for gentleman only.
Price $1.50 for gentleman and lady.

Pluck Print.
Added on September 27, 2018

Commencement Ticket, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Md., March 18, 1890

Commencement Ticket, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, Md., March 18, 1890
"College of Physicians and Surgeons. 18th Annual Commencement, Academy of Music, Tuesday, March 18, 1890, 12 M. Admit bearer."

For a similar ticket, see Commencement Exercises Ticket, June 18, 1886.
Added on September  3, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania—Then and Now
This is a side-by-side comparison of a nineteenth-century advertising card with a Google Street View (from 2011) of the building depicted on the card.

It's quite surprising to discover that the façade of the building, which was a store in the late 1800s…
Added on July 14, 2018

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania

Spangler and Rich, Dealers in Dry Goods, Marietta, Pennsylvania
A nineteenth-century advertising card for Spangler & Rich, a store in Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Amazingly enough, the building that housed the store is still standing, and its façade hasn't changed dramatically in over 100 years. A laundr…
Added on July 14, 2018

Commencement Exercises Ticket, June 18, 1886

Commencement Exercises Ticket, June 18, 1886
"Commencement Exercises, Opera House, Friday, June 18, 1886, at 2 o'clock, p.m., afternoon only. Admit one."
Added on September  4, 2013

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular (Rotated)

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular (Rotated)
A rotated view of this reward of merit provides a better--though still tilted--view of the chromolithographed scrap added in the middle

For the original, see Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular.
Added on June 13, 2018

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular

Those Who Know Everything in General Know Nothing in Particular
A reward of merit dated 1875. Unfortunately, the small but colorful chromolithographed scrap glued to the middle of the card isn't positioned correctly (take a look at a rotated version instead of craning your neck), but the elaborate design surrounding t…
Added on June 13, 2018

Fifty-Cent Bank Note, Summit County Bank, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 1862

Fifty-Cent Bank Note, Summit County Bank, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 1862
"Summit County Bank. Cuyahoga Falls, O. 1862. No. ______. 50. Pay the bearer fifty cents when like orders are presented in amounts of one or more dollars. W. A. Stanford. Lith. by A. S. Sanford, Cleveland, O."

Unissued U.S. Civil War-era fifty-cent bank…
Added on September 12, 2015

Cattles and Apples! Sale at the Greenawalt House, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1885

Cattles and Apples! Sale at the Greenawalt House, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1885
A sale bill for an auction that took place on December 19, 1885, at the Greenawalt House, which was a hotel located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. I like the exclamatory combination of "Cattle and Apples!"

Cattles and Apples!

Keller & Alwine's Sale. S…
Added on March 29, 2018