Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Girls

Reluctant

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circa 1960s (click to enlarge)

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A 1960s Christmas

quirky odd 1960s vintage Christmas family poses with toy dog and closed-eyes cat

Labeled “Xmas 1966” on the back (click to enlarge)

Better late than never. This is one of my all-time favorites–especially the closed-eyes cat–and another example of how there really is nothing quite like a snapshot.

Hoop + Hair

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

c 1940s (click to enlarge)

Portraits: Shoe

Oddball snapshot of woman posing upside down on grass in dance move, circa 1940s Los Angeles.

“In L.A. soon” (c 1940s)

Part of an album acquired yesterday originally spotted by John Taylor, who has an eagle eye for all sorts of photographic tributaries. The inscription on the back is nice too. It reads: “This is one of the dances June will do on the stage in L.A. soon. June, 142nd St, Haw.”

On Top of the World

Vintage circa 1920s snapshot of girl standing on top of small "hill"

c 1920s (click to enlarge)

When you think of it, everyone is on top of the world, I suppose, as long as they are not actually underground. But she really seems to be on top of things.

Christmas is Still a Time of Peace

Vintage 1970s color snapshot of 2 kids at Christmastime

Peace, circa 1970s

It’s time, I feel, to revisit one of my favorite Christmas shots ever (originally posted in 2011 as “Christmas is a Time of Peace”). Merry Christmas.

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.

 

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.”

Buried at the Beach

Vintage snapshot photo of girl buried in sand at the beach

Happy, c 1940s (click to enlarge)

Light Waves

Odd vintage photo with strange light effect over people pictured in surf

1920s beach scene (click to enlarge)

Summer is about here.

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