Alan Mays' photos with the bands

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

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

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

Grand Independence Ball, Oaksville, New York, July 3, 1883

Grand Independence Ball, Oaksville, New York, July 3, 1883
"Grand Independence Ball at Reynolds Hall, Oaksville, Tuesday eve., July 3, 1883. Yourself and ladies are invited. Music by Wager's Band. Bill $2. A. C. Reynolds, prop'r."

An advertising trade card announcing a Fourth of July dance in Oaksville, New York…
Added on June  9, 2016

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
"Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa."

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

Theodore Roosevelt Cigar Band

Theodore Roosevelt Cigar Band
Added on March 19, 2014

The Cars, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 24, 1980

The Cars, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 24, 1980
"Electric Factory presents Cars, 8:00 pm. Mon., Nov. 24, 1980, at the Spectrum. No cameras / recorders. No refunds / exchanges. Ticketron. Admit one - subject to the conditions on the back hereof. Seat 5, row-box 7, sec. 103, loc. 10 flor."

Ticket for Th…
Added on June 18, 2015

Fairyland of Candles, Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, Pa., July 4, 1940

Fairyland of Candles, Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, Pa., July 4, 1940
The borough of Lititz, located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has hosted a Fourth of July celebration--including a "Fairyland of Candles," as mentioned in this notice from 1940--for well over 100 years.

The Lititz Web site provides additional details…
Added on June 30, 2014

Double Header Bowling Alley Cigar Label, 1911

Double Header Bowling Alley Cigar Label, 1911
A sample cigar label printed by the Moehle Lithographic Company.
Added on March 19, 2014

Estey Brownie Parade

Estey Brownie Parade
This Victorian-era advertising trade card for the Estey Organ Company features a parade of Brownies, the popular creatures created by author and illustrator Palmer Cox (1840–1924).

For other Brownie sightings, see Don't Walk! Ride a Bicycle and What Have…
Added on March 25, 2014

Dear Soldier, Latest News from New York, Oct. 30, 1917

Dear Soldier, Latest News from New York, Oct. 30, 1917
Correspondence from "Marion" to "Charles" that 's constructed using words and illustrations cut out from one or more New York City newspapers in the manner of a stereotypical ransom letter.

Charles was evidently a soldier in 1917 as World War I raged in…
Added on December  9, 2013

James Brown, Halloween Show, Harrisburg, Pa., October 28, 1966

James Brown, Halloween Show, Harrisburg, Pa., October 28, 1966
Flier announcing James Brown's appearance at the State Theatre in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1966.

The Big Show of the Year

The Fabulous James Brown, Mr. Dynamite. "Man's, Man's, Man's World." "Is It Yes, or Is It No?" "I Got You."

The Fa…
Added on October 14, 2013

Girls' Saxophone Band, Evangelical Orphanage, Lewisburg, Pa.

Girls' Saxophone Band, Evangelical Orphanage, Lewisburg, Pa.
"Girls' Saxophone Band. Luther W. Albert, director. Evangelical Orphanage, Lewisburg, Pa. Special music for special occasions. Give us a call."

A promotional card for the Girls' Saxophone Band, which was active from the 1930s to the 1950s.

For another o…
Added on August 13, 2013

Earl Is as Naughty as He Can Be

Earl Is as Naughty as He Can Be
This real photo postcard doesn't bear a stamp, postmark, or date but was addressed to: "Mrs. Daniel Ohlinger. From Mrs. Edwin Ohlinger."

Handwritten message on back: "Dear Mother, We are all well at present, hoping this card will find you all the same. E…
Added on August 22, 2013