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09 May 2013 @ 06:33 pm

Sorry, I don't have a scanner, so I had to take a digital picture of this. Anyway, I work at a thrift store, and this photo was floating around in a bin full of books that I was stocking - presumably it had fallen out of one of the books. Written on the back of the photo was "Christmas 1990 - 'The Crew'". I was somewhat surprised at the year, because those are some pretty 80's hairstyles all around... But I guess it makes sense that some trends held over into the early portion of the next decade.

(Cross-posted to found_objects)
27 January 2013 @ 10:39 pm

Not mine.

13 August 2012 @ 07:29 pm
D. C. Yohe, just a name written on the back- that's all I know about this man.
I found him in the window of a used bookstore in Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA. It was given to me for free when I asked the price. I imagine they find a lot of old photos stuck in books re-sold there.
I don't recognize anything in the background.

I like the way it has faded, and looks like a swirl of dust or fog is going past him, but it's probably just a flaw in the photo.

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15 April 2012 @ 06:08 pm
I have found this photos in our outbuilding. Supposedly this woman is my grandmother's friend, but not sure. The orthography is pre-revolutionary.

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08 January 2012 @ 07:02 pm
Hello everyone, I recently found these two pictures of my great, great grandparents and their children (on my father's side) in our basement. My great, great grandfather was the games keeper on a lord's estate in Wales and during this time there were rumors about him (jokes of course) that he was the brother of king George the 5th- because they look so much alike.
I was told that the youngest girl in the photo died a few years later from fever

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31 October 2011 @ 08:40 pm
Edit: (May 2012)
I submitted this post on October 31st, 2011 but I guess it didn't get approved until a whole lot later. Because of the delay, most of my photos aren't going to show up. I couldn't afford to renew my website this year. Here is a link to my photobucket album which has a lot of these pictures: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v39/bentmywookie/Lucilles%20Suitcase/

Original Post:
Since it's Halloween, I've finally decided to share several of my antique photos with you. I know that a lot of people think that antique photos are creepy, but I think they're just poignant and tend to have more personality. This post mainly mainly contains photos that were taken around the late 19th / early 20th century, though I can't put exact dates on any of them.

One neat thing about this particular type of photograph is that it can leave its imprint upon the backs of other photographs if they're left together long enough. I call these "ghost photos." If you look closely, you can see that there's actually traces of two different photos: a child with a tricycle, and then a photo of a girl which is slanted towards the left. I'll explain more in a second.

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24 February 2011 @ 09:25 am

Some of you will remember this vintage headshot I posted about here back in November. Well, through the power of the internet they mystery of it was solved when I was contacted by a good friend of hers last week. Details are posted here...
19 November 2010 @ 10:05 am
From Ebay... This is the best old man ever!

10 November 2010 @ 10:25 am

I found an actress's headshot in a suitcase full of vintage photos at a fair here in Atlanta. The back showed it was from 1963 and had her resume and other details.
Full scan of front and back and more details of my search for her here.