Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Portraits: Shoe

Oddball snapshot of woman posing upside down on grass in dance move, circa 1940s Los Angeles.

“In L.A. soon” (c 1940s)

Part of an album acquired yesterday originally spotted by John Taylor, who has an eagle eye for all sorts of photographic tributaries. The inscription on the back is nice too. It reads: “This is one of the dances June will do on the stage in L.A. soon. June, 142nd St, Haw.”

Portraits: Gun Dance

1963 vintage snapshot photograph of black boy dancing to record player while wearing toy gun

Space to move, 1963 (click to enlarge)

Thanks to Leonard Lightfoot for uncovering another great image. This has to be one of my all-time favorites. As I have mentioned before a time or two on here, there truly is just nothing like a great snapshot.

Best Wishes for 2016

Best-Wishes-1950s-Quirky-Xmas-card

Bird Dog, circa 1950s

Portraits: “Missouri”

POR-Missouri-grim-vintage-snapshot-photo

Missouri Pride, c 1920s (click to enlarge)

Perhaps not the best advertisement for the state.

“Gene Chandler Live On Stage in ’65”

1960s snapshot of cute Black girl posing with record albums and singles

Toy dog, records (including Gene Chandler), girl, circa 1965 (click to enlarge)

A bit of info on Chandler from this site: “Gene Chandler’s association with his first and biggest hit, the perennial oldies-station favorite “Duke of Earl”, tends to overshadow a long and fruitful career as a consistently effective Chicago pop/soul stylist. Chandler’s instantly recognizable, anguished tenor, polished by his years in doo-wop with the Dukays, proved to be a perfect vehicle for the urbane love songs of Chicago’s greatest pop/soul composer, Curtis Mayfield. Chandler, Mayfield, and producer Carl Davis collaborated on a string of hits for the Constellation label in the mid 1960s.”

Pete of C Company, 8th Infantry

Vintage circa WWI photo of a dog named Pete who was the mascot for the US Army C Company, 8th Infantry

Pete, circa 1910s/1920s (click to enlarge)

That looks like one nice dog. I would love to know more about him, but — unsurprisingly — can’t find any mention of him anywhere. He seems to have been regarded with affection in any case.

Birdhead

Funny vintage snapshot featuring woman who appears to have birds flying out of her hair

Fly away, circa 1950s (click to enlarge)

Another in the classic background series (sample here).

The Girls at the End

Vintage snapshot photograph of 1950s girls with their bokes near a road sign saying "End"

circa 1950s (click to enlarge)

Moose

Funny vintage snapshot photo of man with moose horns by "Order of Moose" sign

Angled moose man, circa 1950s

Wore the Wall Out

Vintage snapshot photo of a wall against which German soldiers in WWII executed prisoners

Circa 1945 snapshot inscribed on rear as below (click to enlarge)

Vintage snapshot rear inscription detailing German executions during WWII

“This wall is where the Germans — them up and shot them. Damn(?) near wore the wall out.”

The 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day, and a small reminder of the immeasurable debt owed to so many in a blurry snapshot with some writing on the back.

Coverage of the day often understandably concentrates on the tremendous celebrations that broke out over much of the UK, the United States and Canada as well as parts of Europe, but here is a more understated anecdote found on the website of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: “In the book Days of Victory by Ted and Alex Barris, medic Ernie Long remembered hearing the news of the ceasefire. ‘We sat there in stunned silence,’ he said, ‘looking at each other until one of us said what we were all thinking — ‘The war is over, and I’m still alive!’. No cheers. No shouts. Just a shocked realization that we had made it through the war.'”

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