Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Cars

Looking Out

Vintage snapshot photo taken from inside looking out to street

Inside the Piston Parts Co., c 1920s (click to enlarge)

Hoop + Hair

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

c 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.

On the Run

Circa 1920s snapshot of woman running, with parked car in background

In motion, c 1920s (click to enlarge)

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)


Vintage snapshot of three people sitting atop a rumble seat

Rumble seat + light leak, c 1930s (click to enlarge)

A Snapshot

Vintage snapshot of a snapshot being made

Posing for a snapshot, c 1960s (click to enlarge)

Dueling Cameras

Great c. 1920s vintage photo of a couple pointing their Kodak cameras at each other

Brownie battle (c. 1920s)

The camera in at least the woman’s hand in this great shot looks to me to be a 1920s Kodak Brownie No. 3, Model B. According to what I have found online, the camera was produced from 1908 – 1934, but the trigger guard visible below her thumb was added to the Model B from 1920 – and the rest appears to match that particular camera, as shown below.

Detail of woman holding a Kodak Brownie camera

The way it used to work

Kodak Brownie No. 3, Model B

Kodak’s Brownie No. 3, Model B

City Views: Corpus Christi, Texas

Vintage photo of Corpus Christi, Texas in 1930

Peoples and Schatzel Streets, Corpus Christi, 1930 (click to enlarge)

This shot is dated February 11, 1930, notes the streets on the back and also mentions “Bay in background” – and you can indeed see it if you enlarge the photo enough. A quick check online reveals that unfortunately nothing in this photo seems to exist today. The block in the middle is open space, and the surrounding streets are occupied by the typical contemporary mishmash of larger buildings. Another step “forward” in American urban planning.

Two-Wheeled Horsepower

People in car marvel at a wagon towed by a motorbike in a 1920s photo

No horse needed (circa 1920s)

Following on from my last post, on a very early automobile being scrutinized by some people from their window, here is another transportation-related shot involving a transition between eras. It looks like it was probably a good way of getting around. The people in the car certainly seem intrigued.

I have always been curious about the period in which horses, buggies/wagons and cars coexisted, and several years ago met a man in his mid-nineties living in Covina, CA (near where I grew up) who described arriving there from Texas (via a just-opened Route 66) about 1927. He said people on horseback were still somewhat common in that small town at the time, though I don’t know about buggies or wagons.

I came across a sort of charming description of the transition to automobiles in a rural town in a 1960s book called The Situation in Flushing by Edmund Love:

“At the time of my birth, in 1912, the village of Flushing, in Michigan, was still in the horse-and-buggy age. There were only five automobiles in the whole village . . . it would be difficult to say just when it was that the automobiles outnumbered the horses and buggies on Main Street. The farm wagons disappeared one by one and the cars took their places, but I have always felt that I looked up one morning and found it all different. There were no horses and buggies left. Instead of five automobiles in the town there were five hundred.”

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