Did the woman on the right have a sign outside the photobooth saying, "Will be in your picture for a dollar." Did she spend her days inside the booth allowing people who had no one to have a photo taken with someone? I'm guessing these were taken during the depression so really, who knows?

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Mother and son? Grandma and grandson?

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Mother and daughter? Friends? What's the relationship?

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I recently found ten smaller than usual photobooth shots. They're about 2/3 the size of what we would all be familiar with. This little guy is a charmer.

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Usually you find photos of kids in cowboy outfits pointin' guns at the camera. I do believe this is the first little singin' cowboy I ever found. A subcategory for sure of the "rootin' tootin' gun in your face" category.

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CAUGHT in the doorway

Do their faces say, "Beware! Don't come any closer?" or is this the face they use to say, "Ya'al come on in!" There's no signage to indicate what this place might be, but if you look closely you can see that once you go through these doors there are more doors inside. Worthy of some stories for sure.

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My submission this week for Sepia Saturday with the theme of standing a doorway. To see a couple of young ladies in a doorway of a candy shop click here.


The candy store and COCA-COLA

Imagine my surprise when searching through some negatives to find this image. I've had these negs for years and only went back to them last night while searching for a particular shot. The majority of the negs have never been scanned. Many of the images are already available in an old album bought at the same estate sale as the negs, others are waiting to be discovered.

Now, I'm not saying this is a category, but let's face it, there are people who collect Coca-Cola stuff and I think this would nicely fit that category.

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Oh for the days of the corner candy store and malt shop.

SURPRISE...it's a category

When you have one photo of a woman standing in a kitchen looking over her shoulder it's a snapshot. When you've got two...IT'S A CATEGORY!

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This second shot was originally posted on July 30, 2013. Who knew it would be the beginning of a category?


A MAN and his horn and his...

sombrero and his laundry.

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A big cheer to Sir Thomas Jefferson who is being given the chance to be remembered through this weeks Sepia Saturday.


Another warning about WICKER!

I've tried to use my simple forum to provide a warning most people never think about. I'm talking about children and wicker. Oh sure, I've raised red flags in the past, but does anybody listen or are there still children out there being exposed to wicker on a daily basis?

More proof that you should never leave a child alone with wicker. This child is surely suffering from elation. Breaks your heart, doesn't it?

To see more images of children with wicker check the label below for...I hate to say it because it's heartbreaking..."kids with wicker."

Don't say you haven't been warned. It's a category.


Only the SHADOW KNOWS...it's a category

The category of looming shadows can be fun to collect, especially if the subject is a child. With children looking into the sun, thus the shadow being cast, they often look as if in harms way. They have not yet figured out how to casually look towards the sun and act natural as this lady has done.

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A home has always been a status symbol. It says you're able to provide for yourself and others. It allows a person to put down roots and to lay claim to the idea that they belong somewhere. We've gone through a horrendous period where the status symbol had to be larger than you'd ever need. Who'd have ever thought that a fast food joint would become a term used for a home? McMansions...it even sounds ugly and they generally are. There's a pretentiousness to them that I believe in the past was reserved for the extremely wealthy. Will the tacky neighborhoods comprised of McMansions ever be torn down and replaced with modest and useful homes? Once they're built what the heck do you do with them? Fill them with stuff!

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As a collector of vintage snapshots I'm always interested in the shots of people standing/sitting in front of their homes. They make a statement that they have "arrived." I don't know if people still hire photographers to take posed shots in front of their homes. I'm guessing a lot of people that live in McMansions do have shots like this taken, but now it's done to try and rub their "wealth" in the faces of someone else. We have really come off the rails in this country. If you don't believe me just tune into one of those "Housewives of..." somewhere shows where everything that is tacky is celebrated. McMansions of tacky grandeur filled with equally tacky people. Of course, it's also possible that all of the people shown below were tacky in their own time.

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This is my submission for this week to Sepia Saturday.