Vintage Snapshots

the wondrous world of vernacular photography

Category: Americana

Hollywood and Vine

1960s snapshot of the intersection of Hollywood Blvd and Vine St, with pedestrians, traffic, shops and the Capitol Records tower
Looking northeast from Hollywood & Vine, circa late 1950s, with Capitol Records tower

Just a kid crossing Hollywood Blvd with his mother. Something about the placement of the tape that was used to hold the photo in the album strikes me as kind of poetic…but maybe that’s just me.

I wonder who may have been recording in the Capitol building’s basement recording studios that day…

West of Prescott, Arizona

“West of Prescott, Ariz. – Aug. 5, 1959”

The world just used to be a better color, I guess.

On Stage

In the shadows, circa 1950s

The Windup

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

Pitcher, circa 1950s (click to enlarge)

 

Just Great

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

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.

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