Alan Mays' photos with the postcards

There Are Some Freak Fish Around Here!

There Are Some Freak Fish Around Here!
"There are some fish around here. Greetings from Beach Haven Terrace, N.J."

Printed on the back: "Series 925, Freak Fish, 12 designs."

See also There Are Some Fish Around Here.
Added on July 13, 2018

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s

Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa., 1920s
"The Russ Bros. Modern Ice Cream Plant, Harrisburg, Pa. The home of Velvet Ice Cream."

According to "Russ Bros. New Ice Cream Plant," an article in the Ice Cream Trade Journal, March 1920, pp. 47-49, the Russ Bros. Ice Cream Company bought an old typewri…
Added on July  9, 2018

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919

Rosey's Auto Graveyard, Lincoln Highway, Vintage, Pennsylvania, 1919
"Rosey's Auto Graveyard on Lincoln Highway at Vintage, Pa. Between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Pa."

The Lancaster County Postcard Club's book, Lancaster County Postcards: Windows to Our Past (Stevens, Pa., 1998), p. 94, gives a date of 1919 for this post…
Added on July  9, 2018

July 5—The Morning After

July 5—The Morning After
"The Morning After. July 5. Witch hazel, liniment, arnica. F.L. 219/6. Gene Carr."

Postmarked at Milton Mills, New Hampshire, on July 6, 1915.

Cartoonist Gene Carr's postcard demonstrates the dire results of a dangerous evening of Fourth of July firewor…
Added on July  2, 2018

Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat

Playing Indian and Fishing with a Dog in a Rowboat
An on the water photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A curious photo of a boy and a dog in a rowboat out on the water. Both of them are looking toward the photographer, who's on the shore or in another boat. The boy is holding a fish in one hand and…
Added on July  1, 2018

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

The Lemon

The Lemon
A lemony postcard from 1906 that was connected to the "23 skidoo" fad that was popular at the time (notice the "23" on the hat or whatever it is that's on top of the lemon's head).

To find out what lemons meant in the early twentieth century and how they…
Added on June 11, 2018

I'm Coming Some on Motorized Roller Skates

I'm Coming Some on Motorized Roller Skates
An amusing "advance card" that a traveling salesman could send to let customers know when to expect his visit.

For other early twentieth-century advance cards, see I'll Be There Soon to Tell You How to Jinger Up Your Trade, Zing! Coming Round Your Way, a…
Added on June 11, 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