Alan Mays' photos with the groups

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Riverside Park, Danville, Pa., Sept. 14, 1925

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Riverside Park, Danville, Pa., Sept. 14, 1925
A poster advertising a dance with music provided by Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra, a popular jazz band.

The Final Dance of the Clover Club Summer Series

Eddie Gilligan and His Cosmopolitan Orchestra

In a return engagement. The band that…
Added on May 18, 2019

The Instrumental Aires at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida

The Instrumental Aires at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida
"The Instrumental Aires, featured at the Sapphire Room, Hotel Floridan, Tampa, Florida."

A real photo postcard showing the three suave fellows who performed as the Instrumental Aires at the Hotel Floridan (now the Floridan Palace Hotel). An ad from 1955…
Added on June  3, 2017

Lady's Invitation, Eighth Annual Picnic of the Philadelphia Assembly, Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 1, 1856

Lady's Invitation, Eighth Annual Picnic of the Philadelphia Assembly, Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 1, 1856
"Eighth Annual Pic Nic of the Philadelphia Assembly. Lady's Invitation. Strawberry Mansion. Monday, Sept. 1st, 1856."

A lady's embossed ticket or invitation for the annual picnic of the Philadelphia Dancing Assembly that was held at Strawberry Mansion in…
Added on March 21, 2019

Hearty Partiers (Cropped)

Hearty Partiers (Cropped)
The woman on the left is holding a ratchet noisemaker. A BPO[E] (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) flag is draped over the shoulder of the woman in the middle. The woman on the right is holding a mask.

Take a look at the full version of this real…
Added on January  7, 2019

Hearty Partiers

Hearty Partiers
A Vintage Photos Theme Park photo for the theme of the secret lives of grown-ups (adults letting loose and having fun or possibly behaving badly with other adults; all in good taste, of course).

Printed on the back of this real photo postcard: "Novelty S…
Added on January  7, 2019

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

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

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, September 17, 1962

Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, September 17, 1962
A looking at the camera photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Sign on the wall behind the train: "Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, 17.9.62" ("Berchtesgaden Salt Mine, 9/17/62.")

Twenty-four riders on a mine train are peering intently at the photographer's…
Added on January 14, 2018

Felix the Cat Fan Club Membership Card and Secret Code

Felix the Cat Fan Club Membership Card and Secret Code
A membership card for a children's fan club celebrating cartoon character Felix the Cat. The card also served as a way to encourage kids to watch the cartoons on Satellite Six, a TV show hosted by Glendora (Glendora Vesta Folsom) on WRGB in Schenectady, N…
Added on May 17, 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

Mount Washington Club Membership Card, August 23, 1938

Mount Washington Club Membership Card, August 23, 1938
"This card entitles Name: ________ to a day membership in the Mount Washington Club on the Top of New England, White Mountains, N.H. Date of ascent: Aug. 23, 1938."

As Wikipedia reports, Mount Washington is the "highest peak in the Northeastern United St…
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

Buzzer's Hot Air Club and Grand Order of Windjammers Membership Card

Buzzer's Hot Air Club and Grand Order of Windjammers Membership Card
For a similar membership card parody published as a postcard, see Independent Order of Hot Air Dispensers Membership Card (below).

Buzzer's Hot Air Club and Grand Order of Windjammers

This is to certify that Mr. ________ has been elected member of Buzze…
Added on February 17, 2017

Groundhog Lodge No. 9 Fersommling, Program Booklet Cover, 1965

Groundhog Lodge No. 9 Fersommling, Program Booklet Cover, 1965
"Die elft yairlich Fersommling uns Fesht fon da Grundsow Lodsch Nummer Neina on Da Deef Runn. Mittwuch ovet der sivve un zwanzichscht Chanevari om halver siwwa owets im Nei Hilltown Schuulhause, Hilltown, Pa."

Rough translation: "The eleventh yearly gath…
Added on February  2, 2017

Tennis, Anyone?

Tennis, Anyone?
A sport photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

With eight rackets and four balls (stacked next to the racket lying in the lap of the guy at front center in the photo), this group seems ready to play tennis. But don't they look too dressed up to head ou…
Added on January 27, 2015

Ralph Overly's Gospel Quartette, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Ralph Overly's Gospel Quartette, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
An unused real photo promotional postcard.
Added on September 13, 2016

Worst Clambake I Ever Went To

Worst Clambake I Ever Went To
"Worst clam bake I ever went to. Tables set in open field. Broiling hot sun. Clams half done. One waiter to our table. Everything in the bake was smoky. Everybody disgusted. C. L. Deane."

Complaints about the food and service at a clambake that was held…
Added on January 28, 2016

Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888

Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888
"Bristol County Association. G.A.R. Clambake. Riverview Park, Labor Day. Seat No. 332."

Handwritten additions to the front of this ticket: "C. L. Deane & J.D.H. Jr. Sep. 6/88. (over.)"

Handwritten note on the back (see below): "Worst clam bake I ever…
Added on January 28, 2016