Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Americana

Just Great

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Pretty Good: Restaurant + Mustang, 1966 (click to enlarge)

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A Man Could Stand in Lincoln’s Eye

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At work, circa 1940s (click to enlarge)

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.

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)

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.

Merry Christmas

Vintage snapshot of older man displaying his Christmas present, a bottle of Old Spice

Old Spice at Christmas (c 1960s)

Christmas morning, covered with presents. Old Spice, taken out of the box to display. I love this one. Merry Christmas.

Home Plate

Vintage Elko-border photo of a woman swinging a baseball bat while standing at a home-made home plate

Woman swings, c 1930s (click to enlarge)

I like the plate in this photo.

More baseball images here.

July 4, 1975

Vintage 1970s snapshot of dressed-up 4th of July 4-year-old girl

199 years old

The back of this snapshot reads “July 4th, 75, Tamara, 4 1/2.”

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)

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