This postcard is inscribed "1926 Carnaval. LIX" lower right. The reverse is a standard back with no additional information. I'd love to know something about the people in this remarkable portrait!
This postcard was made from an earlier portrait of William Brodie, an itinerant Scottish performer who called himself Heather Jock. Born in Paisley in 1802, he entertained village crowds into his seventies. His songs and dances were especially popular with children. In The Saturday Review (London) of Jan. 30, 1897, R. B. Cunningham Grahame wrote: So... Continue Reading →
I was told that the two postcards above and below came from Gratz, Pennsylvania. The little girl above also appears in the large group below (scroll down for close-ups). She's seated next to a woman who looks like her mother. She's smiling in both pictures, and it's nice to imagine that her childhood might have... Continue Reading →
This family came up with a variety of ways to pass their time on vacation, from fishing and shooting to playing guitar, dominoes and at least four different board games. Someone had the great idea to make a visual record of their activities. Two women in the group find the idea a little embarrassing. Some... Continue Reading →
This albumen print on cardboard came from the area around Ithaca, New York, but could have originated elsewhere. The children appear to be a few years apart in age, with the oldest standing at the back. Two young women appear slightly older and might be teachers. They sit in the middle row with a little... Continue Reading →
When war broke out with Spain in 1898, the United States had a very small professional military. As a result, many of the units which eventually sailed to Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines were made up of volunteers. They first assembled at camps in different parts of the country for training and other preparations. ... Continue Reading →
This is a snapshot of a family sitting on their early Autocar truck (probably a Type XXI). The truck has a Pennsylvania license plate with the year 1923. Newer Autocar models came with inflatable tires, but this one still has the hard rubber kind. Everyone seems content, though--even the dog.
Each cyclist in this group is holding the handlebars of the person on either side. I wonder if they stayed upright in the end? The photo is glued to a stiff piece of paper with no information about the date, place or photographer. The only clues are initials below each rider, which suggest that several... Continue Reading →