Alan Mays' photos with the groups

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

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers
"Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour. WEEU. Bernie, program director. Photo by Pomeroy's."

Pomeroy's was a department store that had locations in Reading, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and other Pennsylvania cities. This real photo postcard, which shows the Reading stor…
Added on January 22, 2016

Pennsylvania Railroad Centennial Excursion, Columbia to Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 14, 1876

Pennsylvania Railroad Centennial Excursion, Columbia to Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 14, 1876
"Pennsylvania Railroad. Centennial Excursion. Under the auspices of Putnam Circle, No. 113, B.U. (H.F.) of Pa. Columbia to Philadelphia and return. On Saturday, October 14, 1876 . Tickets, $2.00. 1."

As Wikipedia explains, the Centennial Exposition "was…
Added on November 30, 2015

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard of the "Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa."

For another orphanage music group, see Girls' Saxophone Band, Evangelical Orphanage, Lewisburg, Pa.
Added on August 29, 2015

Miniature Railway, House of David Park, Benton Harbor, Michigan

Miniature Railway, House of David Park, Benton Harbor, Michigan
"Miniature Railway, House of David Park, Benton Harbor, Mich. 14."

A miniature railroad at an amusement park that was operated by the House of David, a religious commune in Benton Harbor, Michigan, whose members also performed in touring bands and played…
Added on September  2, 2015

American Federation of Butters Membership Ticket

American Federation of Butters Membership Ticket
"American Federation of Butters. Membership Ticket. Not transferable. This certifies that ________ is entitled to 'butt in' all conversations whether public or private. Billy Goat, president. Nan Goat, secretary."
Added on August  9, 2015