Vintage Snapshots

the wondrous world of vernacular photography

Category: Funny

Hello 1959

Vintage 1959 snapshot of man celebrrating New Year's in 1959 by wearing a giant diaper

Greeting 1959 in his own fashion

Branching Out

Vintage photo of a man standing in front of a tree, with the branches appearing to rise from his hat

“Mantlers” (c 1920s)

Another in the “Backgrounds” series (sampleĀ here). While many of these of course seem inadvertent, I have to wonder whether they weren’t trying for this one.

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.”

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)

Prankster

Vintage snapshot of 1950s family, with boy's face a blur

Classic 1950s family, Laura Scudder’s chips, Sun Valley, CA, May, 1957 (click to enlarge)

I’m not sure exactly what the imposing controls were used for (I can’t make out the abbreviation on the back, though the date, city and name of the family — Schepler — are clear). I assume, in any case, that the boy was quite pleased with himself when he saw this.

A Blowout

1950s family at birthday party, kids blowing out candles on cake

The excitement builds, c 1950s (click to enlarge)

There’s just so much to like here, but my favorite is the boy with the glasses towards the upper left.

What is it?

Vintage photo of two men in front of a sign reading "What is it?" (c 1907)

Spelled out (1907)

Merry Christmas from the Pipkins

Television-themed Christmas photo card from the 1950s

Christmas card, c 1950s

Picnic

Quirky vintage c. 1960s photo of a woman eating, with Coke bottle and cat-eys glasses

Caught unawares, or just uncooperative? (c. 1960s)

A Happy Mistake

Vintage photo of a dog jumping out of the frame, circa 1920s

Up in the Air, circa 1920s

Or at least I assume this result was not exactly what they were trying to achieve. If they were, more power to them. It is sort of a particularly well-composed shot as it stands, and is one of my favorite images at the moment. It makes me at least wonder, though, how many digital photos today may end up being deleted should they at first glance appear something of a mistake.

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