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A real photo postcard (around the 1930s) of a group of lads doing the fasching celebrations proud.

I love this postcard – more so than all the others in my collection, which, of course, I also love. My favourite costumed belle is the girl, fourth on the right, who is holding a mask. She is stunningly beautiful. I am guessing that at least one of the other ladies is her sister, most particularly, the girl holding the tambourine

Stylish, creative, unusual! A real photo postcard, taken around the early 1930s. From Germany.


A happy quartet in costume. Around 1930. From German online seller, but could be French.

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On the back in pencil  – Eleanor H.

The stamp from the photo developer says – Webco Print, Nov 19 1930, Made in San Jose.

Taking into account the time it took to finish the film and for the processing of the photos, I’d say this image was taken on or around the 31st of October.

I paid US$9.95 for this photo. The second one which was listed from the same series went for over US$100.


For some time now, I have been an avid follower of Small Town Noir a mugshot blog by Diarmid Mogg. Since 2009, Diarmid has collected over 1,500 mugshots, all from the same small American town, New Castle, Pennsylvania. His collection is an extraordinary set of photographs covering the middle of the 20th century, from 1930 to1960.

Meticulous research goes into each post which shows the original police mugshot, often accompanied by newspaper clippings, birth and death records plus details of the alleged crime. Anything that can be discovered about the life of the person beyond the day of their incarceration is also included. If you love to time travel through photographs, are interested in vernacular American history or just love a good yarn, this is a blog for you. Hopefully, very soon, it will be a book for you, too.

Diarmid has for a long time wanted to pursue a published hard copy edition of his work. He has teamed up with an innovative publishing company called Unbound, which uses a crowd funding model to


produce books by proving that there’s a demand for them before the publication process starts. Diarmid continues the story –

“We’ve worked together on a proposed outline for the book, which is exactly what I’d dreamed about: 150 full-page photographs on good paper, with 70,000 words of text; the pictures arranged chronologically from 1930 to 1960, so the passage of time is evident as you flick past changing hairstyles, fashions and types of photographic film stock; with the stories building up one after the other into a fractured portrait of a particular place and time that there’s really no other way to access.”

If enough people pledge to buy the book, he can do this, so please get behind this wonderful project by clicking on this link to make it happen:

I often find myself buying very distressed photos that nobody else wants. I cannot afford the prices of pristine examples of the types of photo that attract me, so I lurk around the edges of the scene, buying cheap items that for all their scuffs, tears, folds and marks, still have enough charm and interest to merit a purchase.

The fellow depicted below, is as tatty and interesting to me as the item itself. The photo was purchased here in Australia, so my hope is it originated here as well.


I love the dreamy expression on this lady’s face as much as I love the composition of the photo, the costume and her pose. This
is a standard size real photo postcard from Australia.

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I bought this little photo, in its Art Nouveau style paper frame, as it was listed as a photobooth photo – photobooth items being my main collecting passion. The mount really appealed to me despite its poor condition. Rather than a booth photo it is a small studio photograph that has been trimmed to fit the frame.  The sitter is identified on the back simply as Hilda.

The frame will sit upright by itself, when the side flaps are folded back. When folded out, the shape and style resembles a wee rocketship that one might have found in a Georges Méliès film. The frame measures 85 x 60 mm