Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: 1940s Photos

The Windup

1940s/'50s snapshot photograph of black boy in baseball pitching pose

Pitcher, circa 1950s (click to enlarge)

 

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Hoop + Hair

Vintage snapshot of girl with her back to the camera plus a basketball hoop to the rear

c 1940s (click to enlarge)

A Man Could Stand in Lincoln’s Eye

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At work, circa 1940s (click to enlarge)

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.”

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.'”

The Disappearing Man

Vintage snapshot with odd light leak/mistake obscuring man sitting on car

I wonder what they thought when they first saw this one (c 1940s)

A Little Odd

Odd, strange vintage photo of two military men with light leaks

Circa 1940s (click to enlarge)

Strange light effect on boy's face in this 1974 vintage snapshot

4-12-74 (click to enlarge)

Buried at the Beach

Vintage snapshot photo of girl buried in sand at the beach

Happy, c 1940s (click to enlarge)

O.K. Tire Shop, Dickinson, North Dakota

Vintage snapshot of woman on the street in small town in North Dakota

Heating, tires and Texaco, Dickinson, ND (c 1940s)

A Bird in the Hand

Vintage photograph of agirl holding a bird in her hand, circa 1940s

Trusting bird, c 1940s

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