Vintage Snapshots

the wondrous world of vernacular photography

Month: November, 2011

Fly Me

Vintage photograph of a woman in curious circumstances

Wing woman, circa 1920s

I have a strange fascination with photos that feature people against background elements that seem as if they could be coming out of their heads. With this one I first thought of some sort of aerial or antenna, but also a biplane (if you ignore that third level around her collarbone area). Call me crazy. As something of a photographer, though, I can attest to how hard it is to always be aware of every last detail when clicking the shutter – probably especially with a camera that may have required a little more attention in terms of setting the exposure, etc. than the more automatic models a person would tend to use today. But still…

Schlitz & Furnished Rooms

Vintage photograph of 1930s city scene with Schlitz sign

Car + signs, circa 1930s

I always like a good city scene, and this shot qualifies as one, I think. A lot of it comes down to those signs, of course…nicely framed against the sky.

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