Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

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.

Hello 1959

Vintage 1959 snapshot of man celebrrating New Year's in 1959 by wearing a giant diaper

Greeting 1959 in his own fashion

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