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Here’s to the girls of the American Shore

Here's to the girls of the american shore

1909 postcard. Private Collection. Click for larger image.

Well, if there ever was a better excuse to drink..! This gent was colorized with red hair too. Is he supposed to represent an Irish immigrant? Aw, sure look it!

The photo of this gent (with, again, an attitude-lol-) was taken by Theodor Eismann, New York. The postcard was copyrighted in 1909 and sent the following March.

I’ve decided to take a picture of it instead of a scan, the golden tones come out better.

In fact, I ordered this card last July 1915, but the seller had misplaced it. I had completely given up on it but was very surprised to find out Marilyn of Etsy’s VintagenutsInc decided to send it to me at no cost when she found it again last month. So very nice of her!


Me, Babe and Elliot


“Me, Babe and Elliot.” Oct 11, 1947. Camp Drake. Tokyo.

This is one of those where the message is half the photograph. Got me laughing some!

Me, Babe and T-5 Elliot.

Place, our club.

Time, ?

and after, ???

Boy, what a night. HA HA.


Elliot and his buddies were of the 1st Cavalry Division and he was a Technician, a rank discontinued in 1948 but with the equivalent today of Specialist.

And it looks like “Babe” earned his nickname when he lied about his age on his recruitment form!



WWII era sailors Bill & Jim’s “After”

Bill Hall & Jim Pollen. RPPC. Private Collection.

Bill Hall & Jim Pollen. Tiajuana Jail RPPC. Private Collection.

World War II era sailors Bill and Jim and three bottles of liquor…what could go wrong? They don’t look too inebriated on this arcade picture taken in Tijuana, Mexico. Looks to me this was a “Before” picture they named “After”, as if we’re fooled. :)

Pretty boy Bill looks like he hit something hard with his right hand.

Detail close-up.

Detail close-up.

RPPC: EKC 1939-1950

This one’s just for us

The drinking duo. RPPC. Private Collection.

This 1910s-1920s drinking duo. RPPC. Private Collection.

There is closeness between these two. The worker on the right still has the cap on his beer, and his expression…He looks tired or buzzed or both, but still he seems self aware and smiling in that ‘you know it’ sort of way.  The other one is in a suit, chugging the (whiskey?) bottle hard and holding a pipe with a free hand…There is a ‘devil may care’ attitude with this handsome duo, a subtle vibe of rebelliousness!

I also love the way the gent on the right is wearing his checkered cap sideways on his head, very street mutt. ;) He must have been a factory or farm worker still wearing his denim shirt and pants after a long day of work.

The back of this RPPC is full of scribbled names, some paired up. I cannot make sense of it. Some names are repeated twice. An Agnes Worter is mentioned as well as a Ruffus Worter and a Winslow. On the actual picture I edited out a B on top of each sitter’s head – brothers? They most definitely were, in blood or not!


RPPC: NOKO 1907-1920s

The serving barkeep

Barkeep serving group. Tintype. Private Collection.

Barkeep serving group. Tintype circa 1880s-90s. Private Collection.

A tintype of a barkeep standing over a fur rug and re-enacting pouring ale to a group of gentlemen with a little boy looking on. The gent to the far right’s expression is funny. He looks disappointed as if saying “but there’s nothing in my glass…”

Studio photographs of fellows drinking together were very common. Because saloons were most always the main place for men to socialize and organize away from the house,they wished to remember their after-work get-togethers with a studio picture.

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