Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Abstract

Hoop + Hair

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

c 1940s (click to enlarge)

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Bathed in Light

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circa 1920s

Portraits: Chin

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Or: “Thumb” (click to enlarge)

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.'”

Attack

Vintage snapshot negative of a cat leaping towards porch

c1950s negative

Bird

Beautiful c1908 photo of a bird against the clouds

Bird in flight, c 1908 (click to enlarge)

Elephant, Dog, Rocker, Dress

Pretty, abstract shot of a small dog, an elephant figurine, and a view of a woman's leg and part of a rocking chair

c 1930s (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)

 

Buried at the Beach

Vintage snapshot photo of girl buried in sand at the beach

Happy, c 1940s (click to enlarge)

Light Waves

Odd vintage photo with strange light effect over people pictured in surf

1920s beach scene (click to enlarge)

Summer is about here.

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