Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Animals

Face Off

Vintage circa 1920s snapshot found photo of a man facing off with an ostrich

Man vs. Ostrich, c1920s (click to enlarge)

I like the look (what you can make out of it, anyway) on the man’s face.

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Jazzy

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Shadow Cat, circa The Jazz Age

Best Wishes for 2016

Best-Wishes-1950s-Quirky-Xmas-card

Bird Dog, circa 1950s

“I wanted it in color”

Vintage snapshot of woman with birds on her arms at Busch Gardens Park

Black-and-white birds, c 1950s (click to enlarge0

Inscription on rear reads: “Virginia took this but I wanted it in color cause the birds are so pretty.”

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)

Color Blind

c 1940/50s Black Man Holds White Dog Up for Snapshot

Love + Great Tie, c 1950s (Click to enlarge)

A Cat Named After V-J Day?

1950 snapshot of a cat and dog, with their name of the cat noted as "V-Jay," perhaps after V-J Day

V-Jay, at home, 1950 (click to enlarge)

The name of the cat in this 1950 snapshot makes me wonder if he was perhaps born on or around V-J Day. ‘Victory Over Japan Day’, which marked the end of WWII, is celebrated in the United States on September 2, after the day in 1945 the surrender document was signed by Japan (although it also applies to August 14 or 15 — depending on whether one takes into account the time zone — which was the day the surrender was announced). The cat looks to be about the right age to me. If he was indeed named after the end of WWII — wow, what a great way to choose a cat name, and in some small way, perhaps a marker of how happy/significant a day that must have been for so many who experienced it.

V-J Day, by the way (the Aug. 14 version), was also the day the famous Times Square kiss photo was taken. The Leica camera thatĀ Alfred Eisenstaedt used to take that iconic shot was auctioned earlier this year in Vienna for about $150,000. The camera used to snap “V-Jay” is of course probably long gone, although who knows — perhaps it is sitting in a closet or attic somewhere. And as a final thought, how nice that someone chose to note the subjects and date. Even the “At Home” has something nice about it.

Horsing Around

Photo album page containing vintage snapshot of women with a cut-out horse pasted above

Photo album page, c 1923 (click to enlarge)

A Bird in the Hand

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

Trusting bird, c 1940s

“Still Life”

Odd, dreamy abstract photo of a framed portrait next to a bunny figure sitting on a table

Abstract interior scene, circa 1940s

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