Sunday, December 6, 2009

Vintage Postcard

OK, obviously I lost it with this blog, not posting for quite some time. Not really a loss of interest or anything like that, not sure why but I haven't abandoned the idea. This is a postcard that came with an old photo album I bought recently. Unfortunately no information on or with it about the subjects.

There was another that I will post soon, interior view of this store or another, not sure. In the future I will likely mix things up a bit, photos, ( the original idea of the blog) but also the vintage ads and illustrations from the old magazines I collect here and there. I wont change the name of the blog but the ads are likely to be more numerous as I just have more of them. Hoping that if people look here now and then they will be happy with this, that the whole idea of course, to share with those of similar interests.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More School

I admit to not taking much time picking a picture for today, skimed through my books and took this one, first school picture I found. Looks like one of those where a number of grade levels were lunked in together, There is some writing on the back but is covered with scrapbook so I do not know where this was.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

High School 1917

A couple of pics from Springvalle High in 1917. Not sure where Springvalle might be. Doesn't look too serious about that tug of war. What goes through my mind when I look at it is the date. In a year some or all of those young men will be in France facing who knows what. How quickly happy days can pass.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Only Packard can make a Packard

Makes sense, had Ford tried to make a Packard it would have still been a Ford. Just one that looked like a Packard.

Monday, September 28, 2009

1896 Cabinet

This is a cabinet photo taken in Chicago in the year 1896. There is a name on the back but it's hard to read. The first name is Pearl which was the name of one of my teachers in high school. One day when she had come into the class a little late I greeted her by saying too loudly "Hello Pearl" ( I thought I was funny then for some reason) All I remember is her grabbing my ear and taking me to the vice principal who was a very large man with one arm. He thumped me soundly in the chest with a big stubby finger while he explained to me how I wasn't funny at all. I get it now of course but I don't think I did then. Not sure why I share this other then I have to wait for this to upload for the post. I do feel sorry for the teachers I probably made things a little more difficult for then they should have had to deal with.
This lady is attractive and I do like her fashion sense.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

International Harvester

I don't know the location of this photo, some googling on the name might provide it. There are some things I like in it, the old gas pump for one. What is interesting to me is that the gas pump is there but everything you see is horse pulled.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

What is it?

This is not a contest, I couldn't declare a winner because I don't know what it is. It came out of an album and has a postcard back. There are things that make me think it is a military item and other things that make me think its some kind of farm machinery.

The album it came from had some nice military type pictures in it ( the picture of the lewis gun if you've been with me awhile). Unfortunately it was one of those albums where the owner didn't write any descriptions. After all they knew what it was. Be glad to hear any good ideas though.

Whatever it was it obviously had seen better days.

Friday, September 4, 2009

More Cheesecake

Not from the same album as the two yesterday but the same theme. Two attractive ladies in swimwear apparently on a somewhat chilly day. This one came from a nice lady who sells on ebay. I say nice lady not because she sometimes looks in on this blog but because she does seem to be a very nice lady.
The pic is great, added by the note from the girl with the check over her head as she sent it to a relative.
" This picture is really the snake's eye-tooth, but as you are both related to me I'm sending it along so's you can see my new bathing suit. It was taken outside our tent. Only hope it passes the censor."
So scandalous, I love it, passing the censor and that phrase "snakes eye tooth" is a new one on me.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

26 Caddy

Another from the same source as the last post. To give a little variety I'll get back to some snapshots for a bit after this one although I have plenty more of these and I like them so it will return. I have some nice vintage snapshots on the way and some do happen to be of automobiles as well. We took our van in this week because the service engine light was on and turned out that was just some electrical problem that didn't need to be fixed unless we wanted to part with around $700 which we didn't. Of course the mechanic still found enough other items to make it around $280 to get it back. I trust the guy but I can always count on him to find something that needs to be fixed. I myself was never much of an auto mechanic but back when I was a teenager you pretty much had an idea what was going on, how the internal combustion engine worked and what might be wrong with it when there was something. Anymore though with the computer running everything I think most of us are pretty much at the mercy of our favorite professional.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

26 Auburn

One of the fairly regular features Theater mag had that I like was a two page spread of famous people and thier cars along with a picture of course. I don't always know who the famous people are but I almost always like the pictures of which this is an example.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

1926 Chevrolet

An ad or part of an ad from a 1926 Theater Magazine. It is nice but not sure how the scan looks posted, find out in a minute. Scanned a few pics of cars today from that magazine so if you don't like those give it a week before you check back here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coke Ad

I would like this a lot more if it was in color, probably would cut it out and frame it as coke is my favorite drink. Hard to find good vintage coke ads and if the seller knows he has a nice one in a magazine the price goes up. 5 cents for a glass of coke sounds like a pretty good deal. I remember as a teenager getting cherry cokes at the drugstore fountain counter but forget the price.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Apparently the danger of kickback on that starting crank is not a problem if your smart enough to have bought the Philco battery advertised here in the August 1924 The American Magazine.

Friday, August 14, 2009

1922 Ford

Not a snapshot or even an ad but I found it interesting so hoped someone else might also. This is from a Ford Manual I bought recently, copyright 1922. Not long ago I had a picture showing the handcrank and Mike I think mentioned how people could injure themselves working it. The narrative part here explains the starting of the car and how easy it should become although they do warn about possible kickbacks. The other is a diagram of the steering wheel for that year.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Uncle Horace

Not my uncle Horace but somebodys at least according to the album / scrapbook he came from.. At first I thought Horace was a train conductor, engineer or something but there is another picture of him wearing a badge of some type so now I'm leaning toward maybe a fireman, nothing in the album to give it away. Whatever he did he obviously ate good and I like him, has a nice look about him. By surrounding pictures Horace had these taken in the mid twenties.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


This from a 1928 Ladies Home Journal . It also has a few nice auto ads so they may show up but I liked the illustration of a period kitchen. I look for different things when I buy magazines, a lot of times it is the illustrations. For ads and pictures in general the womens magazines are always the best.

Monday, August 3, 2009

1928 Chrysler

Another ad from the same issue of Theater ( its a 1928 issue). Again about half of it but the best half.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Shortchanged a bit on this post as it is an ad from a large magazine and hard to fit on the scanner without doing damage but it is such a nice illustration that I wanted to share it. ( Came from a Theater mag, forget the year but like 25 or something..) Theater magazine in the twenties always had good auto ads.

Friday, July 31, 2009


Two photos, the trucks and making the jump since they were in the same album, the inside of the frisbies plant. The Frisbie bakery was aparently the incentive for the little plastic frisbies people like to throw. According to different sources from Google world, Frisbie pies were sold in college towns and the kids found that the pans they came in were neat to toss. Of course eventually some brighter then most of us kid found a way to make a fortune out of it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

USS Seattle

Three pictures here circa 1920 of the USS seattle at an unknown location. At that time the Seattle was the flagship of the Chief Admiral of the US Navy. These pictures come from a family album.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bryant Washburns latest

A young man standing out between some theater ads for a Bryant Washburn film. I can't make it out but it is The Golden .... Closest thing I find is The Golden Idiot which Washburn starred in during 1917. Most pictures with this were from 1920 -22 but it could be out of place or a reshowing. Washburn was a prolific actor, more then 300 films to his credit. Not the best picture and first thought maybe it was the actor himself but have decided not, too young it would seem, just a fan I guess.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Manitou and Pikes Peak Ry

From an album I got recently, the Manitou Pikes Peak Ry. This railroad is still in operation although the looks of the equipment have changed of course, this was 1920 to 1922 based on dates given other photos in the album. They use a special kind of gear called a cog railway, not sure what all it is but there is a third rail which helps climb the steep grades. It was the same then although steam is no longer used as pictured here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bust or not to Bust

Not the best of scans, again from the 1900 Metropolitan magazine. I really like this, not sure if they planned the placement of these ads but they must have. On top is of course for those ladies not blessed? with an abundant bust, sure to improve thier fortune if they will only buy what these folks are selling. Under that though is the downside of the first, would it make women thing twice about increasing thier size? Clearly if they do they will have to purchase this back brace after carrying thier new self around for any length of time. Might as well get both at the same time girls.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Denver and Chicago

The Denver photo here is from an album I recently bought, marked on the back "one of the main throurghofares of Denver" The date is 07/20/20 but it doesn't say what exact street it is. A little research might help with the business name that is readable but I haven't done so yet.

The other is from a book I have had for awhile, pretty bad shape, no covers but the pictures are all ok. It is from Rand McNally with a last copyright date of 1907 and is titled "one Hundred Twenty Five photographic Views of Chicago"


Friday, July 17, 2009


Second post today so don't miss the one under this. Here just a cute picture of a man who looks to me like he is popping the big question. From the look on the lady I would say the answear is yes. Too late to warn either of them, hope they had a good life together.

Metropolitan Back Cover 1900

Should have a couple of posts today if the upload goes quickly enough. Kind of make up for days I haven't got to it lately. This one is the back cover from the August 1990 issue of Metropolitan Magazine. The copy I have is in nice condition and a very interesting magazine, includes a lot of photos for the year and ads. There is an article by Col. William F Cody on "Riders of the World" and another about how New York City was dealing with the homeless and destitute of that era.

I will scan a few other ads and pics if I can do so without harming the magazine. This scan was easy as its a small mag and being the back cover I didn't have to hold it open. I like the Smith and Wesson ad myself although the garters are interesting also. Do men wear garters anymore? I have seen a few that should be I know, socks dangling around the ankle but don't remember seeing them on sale anywhere.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Telephone Ad

Another ad from 1910, again from Theater Magazine. I would like to have been the ad man for American Telephone if I was around then. They seem to have had a different ad every month which of course meant a steady paycheck for the guy who had to come up with them. I mentioned these came from a bound volume of that year I bought that is in bad condition. I'm looking through some from later years to see what I can safely scan as the ads from the twenties are more colorful and to me more interesting, especially the car ads.

Looking at this one I wonder what a brilliant guy like Alexander would think if he saw what we have today, all the cell phones etc. Maybe in his dreams he had imagined things like that?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Chicago 1908

I have to start with an apology. I recently purchased the glass negative from which this image was made so it is mine now but partly from being lazy and partly not to handle the neg anymore then needed I am using the scan from the seller, Marianne . I am doing so without asking first but rationalized that I did buy the negative and hope she does not mind. If you do Marianne I will remove this and replace it with a scan of my own. As long as I have mentioned her I will say if you are in the market for old photos watch for ClancysClassics on Ebay. She most often has a fine selection of vintage photos that cover just about any interest.
I have a few glass negatives and at least the ones I have are all very sharp and capable of producing great images. I imagine that those that have survived were the better of those that existed so were stored with great care. They scare me as I tend to be disorganized and have broken one from not storing it with great care. It hurts more to know I ruined something that lasted a hundred years before I got my hands on it then the loss itself. Anyhow, thought this was a great image and wanted to share it.

Sunday, July 5, 2009


Once again an ad from a magazine instead of the usual snapshot. Again, not to worry, I am not out of snapshots to post but find this interesting and hope that others will also. If I could find these Victrola's in new condition at those prices I sure would buy a few. The magazine was a 1910 issue of Theatre though so I suppose the sale is over by now. I'm not really interested that much in Theatre but when I can find an issue at a decent price I get it as the pictures are great. Nice shots of vintage actors, fashions and in the later (1920's) issues great car pictures and ads. I wouldn't destroy a magazine to get the ad but have some that are coming apart at the seams so it's easy to get a page out.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Not Politically Correct

Nobody these days want's thier photo taken standing near the car slugging down whiskey but I see a few such as these from the early days of automobiles. The one with the four men is humorous to me despite my feelings about drinking and driving. Seems the full bottle is getting passed the wrong way for the gent on the right and he's stuck with the empty. The fellow on the left on the other hand I think must be the designated driver as he shows no interest at all. Either that or he's had more then his fill and is off dreaming about other things.
The picture on top I like for the great car and of course the ladies fashion.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Ok, somehow the last post that is here was meant for the other blog. I explained all that on the other one about error message and stuff. Not sure what happened and was first going to remove it but then decided that for folks that might see this one it will help direct them to take a look at the other so I am going to leave it. It's late and I don't have a photo ready for today but should be back with one on Thursday. So if you already read all the drivel underneath on my drawing blog don't bother again as it is basically the same but do look at the photo's under as they were the post meant for this blog.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Another pen and ink, really my favorite tool for drawing although time consuming and unforgiving in many cases.

It was hot today, wont say how hot because friends like Mike would say "that isn't hot" but it was hot for us northlanders. I would still rather sweat then shiver but days like this I have to remind myself. I went shopping with my wife which if you have been following know is not my favorite activity, not a bad trip, short hop to Lowes, the hardware/ everything store.

On the way back home we stopped at a favorite restaurant for lunch (Applebee's) where Vince and I and his wife had lunch often when we worked together sometimes joined by my wife.

It didn't hit me at first, had to go out and get my glasses I forgot as always and coming back noticed my wife's face was drenched in sweat. As she told me why I started to notice it was stuffy and uncomfortable inside there and slow that I am realized they had no air conditioning.

We were talking about that when the waiter came and took our order. I asked him the obvious and he admitted it wasn't working. By the time we finished ordering my wife maybe reading my mind asked him to make it to go. We weren't upset or anything, stuff happens right, not bitching at him about it, just decided to take it home where it would be cooler. I don't think we were anyway but soon after he left the manager came over and apologized for the heat, explaining it had just gone out. We smiled and said stuff happens and all was Ok. She left and we sat waiting and a few minutes another manager came over and apologized. Then after a few minutes more the first one came back and apologized again and told us that because of the inconvenience they were picking up the check. I had been thinking that maybe with the air thing they might throw in free drinks or something but nope, she took the check away, $35.00 worth of it. Our free food was ready soon after and the second manager, the general one came over again and apologized a second time. We don't look like anybody important, honest and we go there now and then but not all that often. I thought it was pretty nice of them so that why I'm telling it here but can't guarantee it is policy so don't drive around looking for Applebee's with no air conditioning.

Packed Up

A common kind of picture, the family car looking like it's packed up for a trip, maybe camping or something. No need to say again that the car really changed the look and lifestyle of America and the world I'm sure, people getting out exploring and going further from home in a weekend road trip then thier parents ever did in a lifetime.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Two Pics

Both of these have a postcard back, the fairy trimmed down quite a bit. It looks like something commercial so I think maybe just something someone liked and added to thier album rather then a family member. The policeman is kind of odd to me as I haven't seen that many wearing a bow tie.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dad and his boys

Maybe this was a fathers day present from mom, studio portrait of dad and his two sons. There was no info on the pic but in absence of that I get to make up my own story about it. They were certainly dressed up nice for it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

More from the same album

Two more that came from the same family as yesterday but not the same location. The picture with the calf is marked on the back Waverly New York, 1919 and the other is Chambersburg, June 1918. It was nice of these folks to label the pictures like that. Lots of people do or mark in the album under the picture and sometimes even a little narrative which is great but many others figure nobody but family will ever look and they would know what it is. I, of course love the pictures but it's always kind of sad to me that in that family the line ran out where there was anyone that cared anymore.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Down On the Farm

This came from an album from the Philadelphia area and is marked on the back "tollgate 1919". The family the album belonged to was both urban and rural, the rural seeming to be an offshoot of the people who constructed the album as there is more urban. They seemed to have been well off as the pictures were alll taken with a good quality camera and the cars and such are high end. I think one of them was in the car business as there is a picture of a dealership in there.

While I'm pretty sure I haven't posted these yet I, being a dis-organized person am running into difficulty remembering what I have and haven't posted so I apologize in advance if I happen to post something twice. When I started this blog I thought to myself , "self, this is a good way to organize and catalogue your collection." Unfortunately I sometimes have good plans but am lousy at carrying them out. They are all still there on the computer drive though so there is still a possibility I might do what I had planned.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Looking Prim and Proper

Thats the thought I have when I look at this picture anyway, not only the dress which has that look to me but her posture and the expression, the whole thing. Of course what do I know, she was probably the original wild child.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Chief Justice 1900

I do apologize for the poor scan. Beside photos I also collect old magazines because aside from interesting reading they are full of photographs of course. This is from the March 1900 isue of

The Successful American Illustrated and is a portrait of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Melville Weston Fuller. I was prompted to post this due to the recent appointment to the Court. With the photo is a short biography of the subject. Other then Justice Fuller the magazine features the rest of the Court, men and women of the White House, Secretaries of War Navy, etc, many Senators and important businessmen. I'm sure Mike would find it fascinating, too bad we don't live closer as I would be happy to loan it too him. I probably wont post any more of it as it's hard to get a good scan without taking the magazine apart but not to worry, I am far from out of photos to post.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Two more Lucy

Two more pictures of the girl who was standing in the boat, showing off a couple of her more flamboyant hats. I love stuff like this although I'm sure women today wouldn't care to wear such headwear. Tending the garden in the yard is one thing but toting it around with you might be too much.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Not George Wahington

The first President was famous for that painting of standing in a boat but this is not he. This is two pictures of a lady named Lucy, recent aquistions from my favorite Ebay seller. There are other pictures of Lucy and in my view she had a classy look in all I saw. She was a good dresser for sure even if she probably failed her boating safety class.