Alan Mays' photos with the rppc

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Class of 1912, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
A real photo postcard with "McDowell Studio, Clearfield, Pa." embossed in the lower right-hand corner. "The Brown Family" is the only thing written on the other side.

Nineteen graduating seniors—seventeen young woman and two young men—posed for this phot…
Added on June 19, 2018

Palisades Hike, February 14, 1915

Palisades Hike, February 14, 1915
A photo of day trippers (people on a day out, groups or individuals) for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Real photo postcard caption: "Palisades Hike, Feb. 14, '15. #5. E."

Eight individuals appear in this "Palisades Hike" photo taken on February 14, 191…
Added on July 28, 2016

Hikers in Sages Ravine, Massachusetts, 1906

Hikers in Sages Ravine, Massachusetts, 1906
A photo of hikers from the Victorian era or another time period for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A real photo postcard with a handwritten note: "Taken in Sages Ravine, Mass. Helen Allison."

Curiously, although the photo was taken in Massachusetts, the…
Added on May 21, 2018

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate

Fred W. Hopping in Triplicate
Printed on the other side: "If it's a photo we make it. Empire Photo. Co. 815 Westchester Ave., Bronx."

A triple-exposure trick photo of "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing"), whose name is written on the back of a second photo that I purchased along…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping

Mirror Photo of Fred W. Hopping
Initials at lower right-hand corner: "F.W.H."

Handwritten name on the other side of this real photo postcard: "Fred W. Hopping" (or possibly "Happing").

Printed on the other side: "Broadway Photo Shop, 1593, B'way, N.Y."

The AZO stamp box on the back s…
Added on May 10, 2018

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat

Mirror Photo of Man with Straw Hat
An unused real photo postcard. There's no handwritten message on the other side, and there's no indication of a photo studio.

For more trick photos like this, see my Mirror Photos album.
Added on May 10, 2018

Maypole March, May 1914 (Cropped)

Maypole March, May 1914 (Cropped)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on May  1, 2018

Maypole March, May 1914

Maypole March, May 1914
"The March, May 1914."

A real photo postcard of a May Day march. A couple of guys with drums are leading the way, and a group of children are carrying a maypole rather than dancing around it.

For a better view of the maypole marchers, mouse over the im…
Added on May  1, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Detail)
Agnes Conrad circled her high school portrait (in the lower right-hand corner), which was part of a montage of 98 photos that formed the letters "NCHS" on a real photo postcard in 1915. For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcar…
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Right)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa. (Left)
For more information, see the full version of this real photo postcard.
Added on April 26, 2018

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.

Heads of the Class of 1915, New Castle High School, New Castle, Pa.
"NCHS, Class of 1915, Photo by Seavy."

The heads of 98 members of the class of 1915 at New Castle High School in New Castle, Pennsylvania, form the letters "NCHS" in this remarkable photographic montage by Edgar E. Seavy (for information about the photog…
Added on April 26, 2018

Something Fishy This Way Comes

Something Fishy This Way Comes
A French real photo postcard for April Fools' Day, called poissons d'avril (April fish) in France. There's no postmark on this hand-tinted card, but it likely dates to the early twentieth century.

"1er Avril. Si tu devines que l'envoie, / Tu n'es pas la…
Added on March 26, 2018

You Are the Gorilla My Dreams

You Are the Gorilla My Dreams
Novelty real photo postcard, date and location unknown.
Added on March 16, 2018

They Laughed When We Sat Down at the Piano

They Laughed When We Sat Down at the Piano
A photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park demonstrating the quality of being vice versa.*

A real photo postcard of a couple amusingly posed on a piano bench with the woman wearing men's clothes and vice versa.

I was able to identify the sheet music on t…
Added on March 16, 2016

It's My Treat

It's My Treat
Printed on the back: "This card is a genuine photograph, hand colored. Made in the United States."

Perhaps this real photo postcard was intended as a birth announcement, since it used to be (or still is?) customary for fathers to hand out cigars to frien…
Added on March 23, 2015

Man Lighting a Cigar

Man Lighting a Cigar
A smoking photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

I hope that match didn't burn his fingers as he waited for the photographer to take his picture!
Added on March  4, 2018

Patriotic Toddler

Patriotic Toddler
A photo with decorative border or frame for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

"Reporting for diaper duty, sir!"

With an elaborate border consisting of an eagle, flag, canons, bombs bursting in air, and other patriotic and military symbols, it's surprising…
Added on September 24, 2017