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These two penny photo strips were a gift from my friend Ted in the USA. As a precursor to photobooth photos, these cheap, small photo strips were often taken with the sitters using props such as hats, signs, telephones, stuffed toys, dolls and all the other types of items people might take into a modern digital photobooth.

Penny photos were frequently cut down into individual shots, traded between friends and affixed in small albums as keepsakes. They were also mounted on small pieces of embossed card that would carry the name of the photogrpaher’s studio, much like the larger and more expensive carte de visite.

This photo and the one below, are Ted’s favourites.

This one is my favourite.


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


This young woman seems well prepared to entertain. With a false beard and top hat as part of her “disguise” and an accordion for musical accompaniment, I am not sure if she is a comedian, magician or perhaps a singer? Maybe she has just dressed up for the fun of it. If anyone can tell me what the round, white object at her breast might be, I’d love to know!

This is a European real photo postcard which dates to the 1930s or 40s.

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While not identified as a Halloween photo, this image seems appropriate for the celebration. Hope yours is a fun one.




I bought these three snapshots from a dealer at a local antiques centre last year. It is quite rare to find old, local photographs at this type of large centre, let alone ones so quirky and interesting.

On the back of each snapshot is written Lady Malbourne.



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A German cabinet card. It was probably taken in the early years of the twentieth century.

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This woman is identified as Janet Joyce. I can find no mention of her on Google. This photo was taken by the Newsboy studio, which was famous for portraits of actresses and Vaudeville performers in the 1890s and early 1900s.

Her costume suggests that she may have been an acrobat. It is elaborately embroidered in what appears to me, to be a central European style.

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I adore this cabinet card from France. It was probably taken in the early years of the twentieth century.

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.