Happy Halloween! I’m giving you this gallery of 80 or so spooktacular pics just in case you need a few last minute costume ideas. Click here to see ’em all.
The Mysterious Chin-Tickler and Her Military Men
Who is this woman and why is she ticking these soldiers under their chins? These were part of a huge lot of 1940s era photo booth photos that has since been dispersed into many different collections. There were photos of her with lots of other non-military men as well as plenty of photos taken in the same booth (if in fact it was a booth) without her in them at all. Was she working for the U.S.O entertaining soldiers about to head off to war? Or were these soldiers just returning from overseas? A mystery. Click here to see the series.
What Was On: The DXers
This will be the first of many galleries here featuring photos of TV screens. Back in 2008 or 2009 at a flea market outside of Chicago I picked up a binder containing hundreds of negatives most of which were shots of tv screens showing TV station call signs from the 1960s. I didn’t quite know what to make of it but with a little research I found out that were most likely taken by a DXer- someone with a fancy antenna rig that they use to try to pull in distant television signals. They then would photograph the TV station logo to prove that they’d pulled in the signal. About 5 years later I was at another flea market almost 400 miles away in Minnesota and found a cigar box full of prints which turned out to be from the estate of the same guy. The prints included many from Europe that had been sent to him by other DXers. Also included were photos of antenna rigs as well as assorted DX-related ephemera. I’ve put together a little gallery of some of the highlights- it’s a treasure trove of great mid-century graphic design. Click here to see the gallery
A Circular Argument
Not really an argument- more like an excuse to post a bunch of photos that have some kind of circular imagery in them. Click here to view the gallery.
African-American Direct Positive Studio Portraits
A selection of studio portraits taken with a camera that made quick direct positive prints much like a photo booth camera. To see about 50 or so of my favorites click here.
If want to see more of these from my collection I’ve also posted a much larger gallery containing those 50 images plus another 150+ here.
African-American Real Photo Postcards
A selection of postcards from my collection. Click here to see the series.
I’ll hopefully have the entire collection available for viewing here soon.
The Road Barons
A series of photographs documenting The Road Barons Motorcycle Club from Hamilton, Ohio in 1951/52. Click here to see the series
Dick Van Dyke Rules the Night
It’s 1960 and Dick Van Dyke and the wasp-waisted British sensation Sabrina are presiding over the Artist and Models Ball in NYC. Click here to see the series.
Classic Ballroom Dances
A series of photos from the estate of a woman named Elaine Henning (you can see her here in the photo) who lived in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago her entire life. These photos are from her days as a student at a local Arthur Murray Dance Studio during the late 50’s and early 60’s. Click here to see them all.
Scenes from a Ball
A series of images from some contact sheets I picked up awhile back documenting an early 1960’s drag/costume ball in NYC. Click here to see them.