Alan Mays' photos with the postcards

A Happy Christmas?

A Happy Christmas?
John Grossman included this puzzling postcard in his book Christmas Curiosities: Odd, Dark, and Forgotten Christmas (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2008), p. 110. He suggests that the actions of this mean Santa Claus derive from earlier European traditions li…
Added on December 15, 2017

Snowman Christmas Greetings

Snowman Christmas Greetings
A snowman carries a small Christmas tree in this wintry night-time scene from an early twentieth-century postcard.
Added on December 15, 2017

Hello, Is This Santa? Merry Christmas!

Hello, Is This Santa? Merry Christmas!
"Hello - Merry Christmas."

An early twentieth-century postcard featuring cutting-edge candlestick telephone communications technology.

See also Hello, Merry Christmas! Operator, Can You Help Me, Help Me If You Please.
Added on December  4, 2017

Merry Christmas 1890

Merry Christmas 1890
A Victorian-era chromolithographed card with an added photo (a rectangular portion of the card was cut out of the middle, and the photo--part of a CDV--was affixed to the back). As far as I can determine, "Merry Christmas 1890" is what's stamped at the to…
Added on November 22, 2016

How We Pass the Time at Pittsburgh, Pa.

How We Pass the Time at Pittsburgh, Pa.
One in a series of amusing "How We Pass the Time" postcards published in the early twentieth century. This noon-time example is postmarked 1911, and it illustrates how "Pittsburgh" has been spelled with and without a final "h" at different times.

How We…
Added on November 23, 2017

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Greeting

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Greeting
"Uncle Sam. Thanksgiving Greeting."

Uncle Sam is carrying a turkey and a flag on this patriotic Thanksgiving postcard mailed in 1910.
Added on November 20, 2017

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day

Turkeys Breaking the Wishbone on Thanksgiving Day
A 1908 Tuck postcard with an apparently cannibalistic Thanksgiving scene of two turkeys pulling on a wishbone.
Added on November 20, 2017

Here's to a Jolly Thanksgiving Feast

Here's to a Jolly Thanksgiving Feast
"Here's to jolly feast with Thanksgiving greetings." Printed on the back: "Thanksgiving Series No. 26."

A male turkey with a woman's head? Or a woman wearing a turkey costume? Just another quirky American Thanksgiving postcard from the early twentieth ce…
Added on November 13, 2017

Costume Creepiness (Full Version)

Costume Creepiness (Full Version)
See also a cropped version of this real photo postcard.
Added on October 29, 2017

Costume Creepiness

Costume Creepiness
An additional Halloween photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park (post as many photos as you want--no limit!--that relate directly or indirectly to Halloween).

I'm not certain whether this photo was actually taken at Halloween, but I wouldn't want to run…
Added on October 29, 2017

Our Kind of Cantaloupe—How We Do Things at Lancaster, Pa.

Our Kind of Cantaloupe—How We Do Things at Lancaster, Pa.
"How we do things at Lancaster, Pa. Our Kind."

Alfred Stanley Johnson, Jr., of Waupun, Wisconsin, created this postcard in 1911.
Added on October 29, 2017

Halloween Is the Season When Maidens Dream

Halloween Is the Season When Maidens Dream
This is the season the maidens dream
Things of future unforeseen.
Dream sweet dreams, oh! ladies fair;
But of the future have a care!

A postcard addressed on the other side to my grandmother, "Miss Annie Sturtz, Fairhope Boswell, Pa." (I'm not exactly…
Added on October 29, 2017

Pumpkinhead Boy with Witch and Black Cat

Pumpkinhead Boy with Witch and Black Cat
Why is the witch holding a knife? Is that a plate of ice cream with a wedding ring on top? Is that a black cat or could it be a big rat? What is pumpkinhead boy smiling at? Why are some early twentieth-century Halloween postcards so puzzling?
Added on October 24, 2017

A Witch with a Veggie Chauffeur in a Halloween Melon-mobile

A Witch with a Veggie Chauffeur in a Halloween Melon-mobile
A witch holds her broomstick tightly as she rides in the back seat of a watermelon car driven by a wide-eyed veggie creature. A black cat sits next to her, and a bat flies above.

A date of "Oct. 31st, 1908" is written on the other side of this postcard,…
Added on October 24, 2017

Truckload of Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska, 1937

Truckload of Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska, 1937
Caption at bottom (difficult to see): "179. Copper River Salmon, Cordova, Alaska. Photocraft."

Sign on building: "Northern Meat [Market]."

Addressed on the other side to Bob Bern, Seward, Alaska, and postmarked Cordova, Alaska, Sep. 30, 1937.

Message:…
Added on October 17, 2017

Bringing in the Corn

Bringing in the Corn
A photo of horses, carriages, or wagons for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

Handwritten note on the back: "I think [this was] taken at Guthrie farm." The AZO stamp box on the other side suggests a possible date as early as 1904 to 1918.

This young fellow…
Added on October 16, 2017

May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!
"May love light your Hallow-e'en lantern! H.B.G."

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.).

For another Griggs card, see Have a Devilishly Happy Halloween.
Added on October 16, 2017

Halloween Cabbages—Is My True Love Tall and Grand?

Halloween Cabbages—Is My True Love Tall and Grand?
"O, is my true love tall and grand? O, is my sweetheart bonny?"

Mirrors, cakes, apple peels, and chestnuts (see below) have all figured in the Halloween fortune-telling games depicted on early twentieth-century postcards. So I guess I shouldn't have bee…
Added on October 16, 2017