Alan Mays' photos with the playing cards

Quick-Way Truck Shovel Company Playing Card

Quick-Way Truck Shovel Company Playing Card
"'Quick-Way' Truck Shovel Co., Denver, Colo."

The back of an advertising playing card for a company that evidently came up with a "Quick-Way" of mounting a crane and shovel on a truck.
Added on May 10, 2017

Mirror Photo of Woman Playing Cards, White Way Photo Studio, New York, N.Y.

Mirror Photo of Woman Playing Cards, White Way Photo Studio, New York, N.Y.
Printed on the back of this real photo postcard: "White Way Photo Studio, 1341 Broadway, New York City."

For additional examples of this type of trick photo, which uses mirrors to create its illusion and is sometimes called a multigraph, see my Mirror P…
Added on October  6, 2015

Desbecker-Block Tailoring Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

Desbecker-Block Tailoring Co., Buffalo, N.Y.
The front of this advertising trade card for the Desbecker-Block Tailoring Company (above left) depicts a traveling salesman (note the "Samples" case in front of him) who's the "man on the spot" (or at least the man on an oversized playing card).

The pun…
Added on May  6, 2015

Buster Brown Joker

Buster Brown Joker
The Joker from a miniature deck of playing cards illustrated by cartoonist Richard F. Outcault in 1907. Buster Brown and his dog Tige were characters in Outcault's Buster Brown comic strip, which first appeared in 1902. See below for the design from the…
Added on April 13, 2015

Buster Brown and His Dog Tige

Buster Brown and His Dog Tige
The design from the backs of playing cards in a miniature deck illustrated by cartoonist Richard F. Outcault in 1907. Outcault created the Buster Brown comic strip in 1902. See below for the front of the Joker card from this set.
Added on April 13, 2015

Playing Cards, One Pack, U.S. Internal Revenue

Playing Cards, One Pack, U.S. Internal Revenue
"Playing Cards, 1 Pack, U.S. Int. Rev. A.P.C. Co."

Revenue stamps used to indicate payment of fees or taxes on playing cards, oleomargarine, and photographs, plus a telegraph stamp used to pay for a telegram (see above and below).
Added on October 24, 2015

We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine (Detail)

We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine (Detail)
A close-up of the table in We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine. Note the puzzling letters (including "TAITN," I believe) that appear underneath and adjacent to the pipe. I haven't been able to figure out what the letters might spell or…
Added on September 18, 2014

We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine

We Had a Big Old Time--Playing Cards and Drinking Wine
A playing cards and board games photo for the Vintage Photos Theme Park.

A scary scene during a card game! The four young men pictured in this real photo postcard have obviously been playing all evening. One of them is holding a bottle of Tokay wine, and…
Added on September 18, 2014

To My Valentine, Queen of My Heart

To My Valentine, Queen of My Heart
Added on February 12, 2016

Joker Safety Matches

Joker Safety Matches
"Made in Poland."
Added on July 30, 2015