Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

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.'”

On Top of the World

Vintage circa 1920s snapshot of girl standing on top of small "hill"

c 1920s (click to enlarge)

When you think of it, everyone is on top of the world, I suppose, as long as they are not actually underground. But she really seems to be on top of things.

“I wanted it in color”

Vintage snapshot of woman with birds on her arms at Busch Gardens Park

Black-and-white birds, c 1950s (click to enlarge0

Inscription on rear reads: “Virginia took this but I wanted it in color cause the birds are so pretty.”

Attack

Vintage snapshot negative of a cat leaping towards porch

c1950s negative

Table for One

Circa 1920s vintage photo of women sitting alone at dining tables

Dining Room, 1920s (click to enlarge)

Fishing Trip

Funny vintage snapshot featuring an and dog "fishing" in what seems to be a backyard

c 1920s (click to enlarge)

The dog, to me, really makes this one.

Bird

Beautiful c1908 photo of a bird against the clouds

Bird in flight, c 1908 (click to enlarge)

Happy New Year 1958

New Year 1958 baby vintage photo

Sometimes you just can’t keep them down (click to enlarge)

Here’s to 2015. And babies.

Christmas is Still a Time of Peace

Vintage 1970s color snapshot of 2 kids at Christmastime

Peace, circa 1970s

It’s time, I feel, to revisit one of my favorite Christmas shots ever (originally posted in 2011 as “Christmas is a Time of Peace”). Merry Christmas.

Baseball Glove

Vintage 1960s photo of serious boy looking at his baseball glove alongside his red bicycle

America, 1960s (click to enlarge)

There isn’t much to really say here, except that this is why snapshots are great.

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