Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

The Front of the Shack

Vintage snapshot of shack plus blimp overhead

Shack +, c 1950s

Rear of vintage circa 1950s snapshot with caption identifying image

“The front of the shack”

On the Run

Circa 1920s snapshot of woman running, with parked car in background

In motion, c 1920s (click to enlarge)

A Depression-Era Portrait

Vintage 1930s snapshot of girl in front of screen door

Minnesota, 1939 (click to enlarge)

This photo didn’t jump out at me at first when I came across it in an album I recently picked up, but in looking at it again it struck me as possessing that simple beauty that snapshots are sometimes able to so singularly capture. There is a Minnesota processing stamp on the back dated April 1939, and so much about it conveys that Depression-era feel, from her dress to the house on blocks with no step up to the screen door. The dusty car in the background, her expression, the composition — it doesn’t, to be sure, scream “Great Depression” like some of the well-known images from that time, but it is, I think, deeply evocative in it own understated way.

 

“View from Our Front Window”

Vintage circa 1910s snapshot of il wells across the street from home

Across the street, c 1910s (click to enlarge)

Color Blind

c 1940/50s Black Man Holds White Dog Up for Snapshot

Love + Great Tie, c 1950s (Click to enlarge)

Upside Down

Strange vintage 1970s color snapshot of person  doing a handstand in an open field

Upside Down, 1974

Early Photoshop

Altered snapshot photo on which someone has pasted a cartoon version of a woman's face

“Gracious! Look at us.” (c 1920s)

The face is on a piece of paper that has been glued to the back and shows through a hole cut in the photo.

“There!”

Vintage snapshot of couple in Death Valley barren moonscape, circa 1920s

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, c 1920s (click to enlarge)

 

Some Favorite Portraits

A random grouping of a few recently acquired shots that I think will remain favorites.

Vintage 1920s snapshot of woman standing with her arms outstretched

Beatific, c 1920s

Vintage photo of man on porch with post in way of his face

Porch, c 1920s

Odd vintage snapshot of two brothers flanking a small guy with a pistol pointed at him. Circa 1920s

Flanked, c 1920s (click to enlarge)

 

Suspicious

Vintage snapshot of woman with an amazing hat along with a pistol and extra bullets (circa 1900/1905)

Extra bullets (c 1900)

She doesn’t seem hugely keen on having her photo taken.

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