Alan Mays' photos with the musical instruments

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971

Getz's Steam Calliope, 1971
A steam calliope in a snapshot dated March 1971. This calliope is known as Getz's Steam Calliope after the three brothers—Noah, William, and Robert Getz—who operated it for many years.

Hauled around on a tractor trailer, the calliope still makes regular…
Added on July 19, 2018

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Orphans Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard showing the Tressler Orphans' Home Band. "Tressler" was part of its name beginning sometime in the nineteenth century, so I'm not sure why it's missing from the drum in this early twentieth-century photo.

For a later incarnation of…
Added on July 19, 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

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

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852

Universal Ball, Keene, New Hampshire, March 5, 1852
A ticket or invitation for a "Universal Ball" held in Keene, New Hampshire, on March 5, 1852.

As listed on the ticket, musician S. K. Conant played both the violin and the "Kolquearougion," an instrument he invented. Although a newspaper article in 1859…
Added on December 31, 2017

Yankee Doodle Came to Town on the Fourth of July

Yankee Doodle Came to Town on the Fourth of July
"Yankee Doodle came to town. July 4."
Added on September 29, 2017

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg at the Grangers' Picnic, Williams Grove, Pa., 1915

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg at the Grangers' Picnic, Williams Grove, Pa., 1915
Drumhead: "Singer, Mechanicsburg, Pa." Caption at the bottom of the photo: "Grangers Picnic, 1915."

The Singer Band of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, posed for this photo in 1915 at the Grangers' Picnic, which was an annual event held each summer at the Wi…
Added on May  3, 2017

A Musical Blow-Out

A Musical Blow-Out
Handwritten note on the back of this real photo postcard: "Austin, Lomah, & Jonas, a musical blow-out."
Added on January  4, 2017

Ralph Overly's Gospel Quartette, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Ralph Overly's Gospel Quartette, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
An unused real photo promotional postcard.
Added on September 13, 2016

We Are Having a Hot Time

We Are Having a Hot Time
Printed on the back of this postcard: "Th. E., L. Theochrom-Serie No. 1210|6. Printed in Germany."

Postmarked Baltimore, Md., Apr. 7, 1910, and addressed to Miss Ella Killinger, Mongul, Franklin Co., Pa.

Handwritten message: "How is your five o'clock be…
Added on May  3, 2016

Jeff Parson, Cowboy Accordionist

Jeff Parson, Cowboy Accordionist
"Best Wishes, Jeff Parson."
Added on October 15, 2015

Worst Clambake I Ever Went To

Worst Clambake I Ever Went To
"Worst clam bake I ever went to. Tables set in open field. Broiling hot sun. Clams half done. One waiter to our table. Everything in the bake was smoky. Everybody disgusted. C. L. Deane."

Complaints about the food and service at a clambake that was held…
Added on January 28, 2016

Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888

Labor Day Clambake Ticket, Bristol County Association of the G.A.R., Sept. 6, 1888
"Bristol County Association. G.A.R. Clambake. Riverview Park, Labor Day. Seat No. 332."

Handwritten additions to the front of this ticket: "C. L. Deane & J.D.H. Jr. Sep. 6/88. (over.)"

Handwritten note on the back (see below): "Worst clam bake I ever…
Added on January 28, 2016

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers

Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour Performers
"Pomeroy's Juvenile Hour. WEEU. Bernie, program director. Photo by Pomeroy's."

Pomeroy's was a department store that had locations in Reading, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, and other Pennsylvania cities. This real photo postcard, which shows the Reading stor…
Added on January 22, 2016

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.

Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa.
A real photo postcard of the "Tressler Orphans' Home Band, Loysville, Pa."

For another orphanage music group, see Girls' Saxophone Band, Evangelical Orphanage, Lewisburg, Pa.
Added on August 29, 2015

Young Man with a Bandonion

Young Man with a Bandonion
Printed on the back of this real photo postcard: "Krejci Studio, 320 West Water St., Milwaukee, Wis."

A young man posing with a bandonion, which is a type of concertina.
Added on September 21, 2015

The Royal Dukes

The Royal Dukes
It's probably not the Cavern Club, but the venue does look like it's in a cellar somewhere. Anyone ever hear of the Royal Dukes? (There's an unrelated Texas-based Royal Dukes Band, too.)
Added on November 14, 2014