Alan Mays' photos with the postcards

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid

Knitted, Pleated, and Plaid
A knitted photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A real photo postcard with a mother and daughter wearing knitted tops along with plaid pleated skirts.
Added on February 12, 2015

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin

Halloween—Witch with a Black Cat on a Pumpkin
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. Chas. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 29, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "Dear Grandmother, I wish you were down to get some taffy & fudge and nuts. I hope you are well and I will be up…
Added on October 13, 2018

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern

Halloween—Witch with Jack-o'-Lantern
A Halloween postcard addressed to Mrs. C. Studt, Lilly, Pa., and postmarked at Conemaugh, Pa., Oct. 31, 1910.

Handwritten message on back: "With love, from Kit."

Printed on back: "Raphael Tuck & Sons' 'Hallowe'en' Series of Post Cards No. 174."

For ano…
Added on October 13, 2018

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"

Donkey Photography—"Look Pleasant"
"Look pleasant" is what the horse/photographer is saying as a donkey and boy pose for a photo.

This is a postcard addressed on the other side to Mrs. Emma Cranford, Lisbon, Ohio, R.F.D. No. 2, and postmarked Wilson, Pa., June 27, 1910.

Handwritten messa…
Added on October 13, 2018

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

You Might Get What I Gave This Stamp!

You Might Get What I Gave This Stamp!
Consider yourself quite lucky,
That you're far away in camp:
If you were here in State College, Pa.,
You might get what I gave this stamp!

Looks like that stamp is getting a licking, though I suppose she could be giving it a kiss.
Added on October  9, 2018

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.

If He Gets No Puncture—Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company, Elizabethtown, Pa.
A humorous "advance card" for the A. S. Kreider Shoe Manufacturing Company in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Salesmen from the company sent postcards like this in advance of their trips to let store owners know when they planned to visit.

The salesman depi…
Added on October  9, 2018

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About

On Halloween Be Wary and Look About
On Hallowe'en be wary and look about
The gobble-uns will git you ef you don't watch out!

A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs. The lines about the "gobble-uns" are from "Little Orphant Annie" (1885), a poem by James Whitcomb Riley.

For anot…
Added on October  8, 2018

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker

Halloween Greetings—When the Candles Flicker
A Halloween postcard, circa 1920s.

Hallowe'en Greetings
When the candles flicker
When the wind goes woo-oo
May it mean a fortune
Mighty good for you.
Added on October  8, 2018

The Man with the Iron Mask—Walking Round the World

The Man with the Iron Mask—Walking Round the World
A postcard addressed to W. F. Esling, 26 The Grange, Beccles, and postmarked Colchester, July 16, 1908.

Has this gentleman arrived your way yet?

Handwritten message on the other side: "Dear Fred, Has this gentleman arrived your way yet? He was in Col. a…
Added on October  5, 2018

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween

Getting the Pumpkin Ready for Halloween
A Halloween postcard illustrated by H. B. Griggs (H.B.G.). For another postcard by Griggs, see May Love Light Your Halloween Lantern!

Addressed on the other side to Miss Edith Yoder, 322 N. Pine St., Lancaster, Pa., and postmarked Portland, Ore., Oct. 27…
Added on September 30, 2018

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World

Dr. LeGear, Largest Horse in the World
What would be a good name for the "largest horse in the world," a Percheron owned by Dr. L. D. LeGear, whose company manufactured patent veterinary medicines in the early twentieth century? Well, how about "Dr. LeGear"? That wouldn't confuse anybody, woul…
Added on September 27, 2018

Mary and Her Little Lamb

Mary and Her Little Lamb
An early twentieth-century postcard with a parody of the well-known nursery rhyme.

Mary and Her Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb
You've often heard it said
The lamb that Mary took to school
Was on a slice of bread.

Blackboard: The dog and cat / a big…
Added on September 27, 2018

Harvest Home Greetings, Methodist Church, Strasburg, Pa., 1909

Harvest Home Greetings, Methodist Church, Strasburg, Pa., 1909
"Harvest Home Greetings. Methodist Church, Strasburg, Pa."

Addressed on the other side to Mr. Roy D. Mowrer, Strasburg, Pa., and postmarked Iva, Pa., Oct. 20, 1909. Message: "The musical is to be held in the Hall. You know. A.B.D."

For other real photo…
Added on September 17, 2018

Harvest Service, Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Pa., 1907

Harvest Service, Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Pa., 1907
"Harvest Service, 1907. Lutheran Church, Strasburg, Pa."

For other photos that show church altars decorated for a Harvest Service (also called Harvest Home), see Harvest Home Display with Minister and Harvest Home Greetings, Methodist Church, Strasburg,…
Added on September 17, 2018

Harvest Home Display with Minister

Harvest Home Display with Minister
In this real photo postcard, a minister of a church (location and date unknown) stands in the midst of fruits and vegetables that decorate the altar in preparation for a Harvest Home service.

"Harvest Home" is a religious celebration that's still held to…
Added on September 17, 2018

Did You Know That Eleven and Twelve Make 23?

Did You Know That Eleven and Twelve Make 23?
"What time is it down there?" "Just eleven." "It's twelve up here—you know eleven and twelve make 23." Handwritten: "Did this ever occur to you?"

So what does the mother mean by yelling "eleven and twelve make 23" down at the couple hanging out on the h…
Added on September  3, 2018

Greetings from the Grange Encampment and Fair, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania

Greetings from the Grange Encampment and Fair, Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Postcard addressed on the other side to: "Prof. H. C. Klinger, Liverpool, Pa., R.F.D. #1."

Partial transcription of the message (no year and no postmark): "Sept. 17th, 9 a.m. At Grange Park C. H. in remembrance of the hunting . . . J. J. Jordan."

The…
Added on August 27, 2018