Alan Mays' photos with the messages

Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill

Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill
A real photo postcard with a note: "Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill, the homestead that grandpa H. I. Johnson [built]."

See the full version for the uncropped photo and accompanying note (below).
Added on June  3, 2017

Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill (Full Version)

Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill (Full Version)
"Uncle Ira with His Pigs on Wig Hill, the homestead that grandpa H. I. Johnson [built]."

For a better view of Uncle Ira and his pigs, see the cropped version of this real photo postcard (below).
Added on June  3, 2017

Grin and Bear It

Grin and Bear It
A what a grin photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Written on the front of this real photo postcard: "Hello Enulia, this is me. Harold Andersun" (my best guesses for the spelling of the names).

Stamped on the back: "Downers Grove Photo Studio" (whi…
Added on December  5, 2016

High Water Mark Monument, Gettysburg, Pa., December 2, 1906

High Water Mark Monument, Gettysburg, Pa., December 2, 1906
Handwritten message on the front of this real photo postcard (see writing at right, above): "High Water Mark. 12/2/06. This was all done today. What do you think of that grin? The fellow tried to take the picture without exposing the plate and we were try…
Added on December 12, 2013

Greetings from New York World's Fair, 1939

Greetings from New York World's Fair, 1939
The humorous multiple-choice postcard in the United States dates back to the early twentieth century when it was often called an "Australian ballot" (the early term used for a secret ballot, which was finally adopted by all states in time for the 1892 pre…
Added on June  4, 2015

Love's Cable, Handed in at Cupid's Court

Love's Cable, Handed in at Cupid's Court
"Love's Cable. Handed in at Cupid's Court. No code book is needed for these cables, true love deciphers them. St. Valentine. Bow and Arrow Avenue, Feb. 14. To my valentine, I cable to say, I am yours today, my heart is true, my love to you. If the accurac…
Added on February 12, 2016

Mirror Photo of B. F. Brannan, Los Angeles, Calif., April 16, 1916

Mirror Photo of B. F. Brannan, Los Angeles, Calif., April 16, 1916
Handwritten on the back of this real photo postcard: "B. F. Brannan, age 35 yrs. Taken April 16, 1916, in L.A., Calif. Left Downey, Calif., April 24, 1916, at 4:45 p.m."
Added on April  7, 2014

A Photo Taken of Our Club, 1905

A Photo Taken of Our Club, 1905
Cropped version of a real photo postcard See also the full version (below).

Handwritten on the front of this postcard:

Dear Mr. Morrow, With kindest regards a photo taken of our club. Yours truly, E. T. Ziegler.

Photograph taken Christmas 1905.

1. Vio…
Added on December 28, 2014

A Photo Taken of Our Club, 1905 (Full Version)

A Photo Taken of Our Club, 1905 (Full Version)
See also a cropped version of this real photo postcard.

Handwritten on the front of this postcard:

Dear Mr. Morrow, With kindest regards a photo taken of our club. Yours truly, E. T. Ziegler.

Photograph taken Christmas 1905.

1. Violin: Mr. Kusenberg
2…
Added on December 28, 2014

An "Ugly" Postcard from Amanda Ench

An "Ugly" Postcard from Amanda Ench
Handwritten on the back of this real photo postcard: "Mrs. Mace, you said when we were over [that] you only get ugly post cards, and I said I have a few I will send you, and now here they are, from your friend, Amanda Ench."

Although Amanda Ench jokes ab…
Added on September 25, 2013

Keep This to Look at When I Am Dead and Gone

Keep This to Look at When I Am Dead and Gone
A proud of their blooming plant photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

In 1910, sixty-year-old Sarah Hetyke posed for this photo next to the blooming mock orange tree in her yard and then wrote a poignant message to her three-year-old nephew on the ba…
Added on July  7, 2014

Thanksgiving Season's Greetings, 1908

Thanksgiving Season's Greetings, 1908
Mouse over the top of this real photo postcard to see a close-up of the turkey.

"With Thanksgiving seasons greetings."

Postmarked: Big Rapids, Mich., Nov. 23 and 24, 1908.

Addressed to: Ethel Finnan, 606 S. Mich. Ave., Big Rapids, Mich.

Message on bac…
Added on November 26, 2013

Too Many Places to Go and Too Much to See (Rotated)

Too Many Places to Go and Too Much to See (Rotated)
This rotated version makes it easier to read the handwritten message:

"We tended the Iowa Picnic here last Saturday. Saw lots of folks from Iowa that I knew. 10,000 people there. I can't tell when we will leave here. Too many places to go & too much to s…
Added on May  4, 2016

Too Many Places to Go and Too Much to See (Full Version)

Too Many Places to Go and Too Much to See (Full Version)
Here's the message that's written on this real photo postcard (to read the original handwriting more easily, see the rotated version of the card):

"We tended the Iowa Picnic here last Saturday. Saw lots of folks from Iowa that I knew. 10,000 people ther…
Added on May  4, 2016

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

Guess Who?

Guess Who?
A signs photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

"Guess who?" is what appears on the sign on the backs of these women (or could they be men disguised in women's clothes?), and the handwritten message on the other side of this real photo postcard says, "I…
Added on January 22, 2016

Two Relics of the Antediluvian Period

Two Relics of the Antediluvian Period
A mothers photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Nelson P. Smith displayed a playful sense of humor with a mischievous message on this real photo postcard dated April 10, 1910. I'm guessing that the photo is a portrait of his wife and son.

Mrs. Matild…
Added on May  6, 2015

Hartman Gish, Farmer, Three Years Old, 1907

Hartman Gish, Farmer, Three Years Old, 1907
"Hartman Gish - 3 yrs. old."

A real photo postcard postmarked Richland, Pa., July 26, 1907.

Addressed to: Miss Charlotte Gable, Schaefferstown, Leb. Co., Pa.

Handwritten message on back: "Thanks for the beads. Hartman likes them so much. He even slept…
Added on March  5, 2014