Vintage Photography

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Sold on eBay: 1927 Panoramic Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club Photo

Some of my favorite finds are the old panoramic shots from the early part of the century through the 1940’s. The beautiful settings, the level of quality detail, the fashion trends – all make these excellent slices of Americana at it’s finest. 

This photograph comes from a motorcycle club meeting outside Grider Cycle Shop in 1927. It sold on eBay by way of best offer. It was listed at $385. I wish I would have bought it because it’s a great photograph of classic motorcycle culture.

Here are the details:


Seller: miamisunshine / Miami, FL
Price: $385 : Best Offer
Condition: “very good condition”

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Sold on eBay: Flapper Girl On An Indian Motorcycle by Charles Sheldon

Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time searching for old photographs of motorcycles, apparel and any other vintage American subjects. I couldn’t escape this auction for a 1920’s photograph  taken by Charles Gates Sheldon of a flapper girl sitting atop a beautiful vintage Indian Motorcycle. It sold on April 3rd for a cool $431.88!  Grapefruit Moon Gallery has a really great write up on the illustrator and artist, Charles Sheldon, who was active from the turn of the century through the 1950’s. More of Sheldon’s classic illustrations can be found here.

From Grapefruit’s eBay auction page:

“You are bidding on a 1920 – 1928 in era sepia 5″ by 7″ inch original vintage photograph of a daring flapper girl enthralled and stylish on her art deco modernist Indian Motorcycle. This is pure and simple a great original antique archived old advertising photograph used for Fox Shoes. With her rolled down stockings, adorable pumps, and bare legs, she is certainly dressed for a wild time! A great old still with art deco elements and really tremendous beauty.A great jazz age and roaring 20s view. The model appears to be Eileen Percy, one of Sheldon’s favorites.

This photograph was taken by Charles Gates Sheldon at his Carnegie Hall studio, where he created advertising pastels and paintings for lingerie companies, Fox shoes, Breck shampoo (he originated the “Breck girl” campaign), and movie magazine cover portraits. Sheldon maintained a studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the 1920s-30s, and photographed the glamorous Hollywood film stars of the era for his cover portrait work. Stars who sat for Sheldon include: Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Marion Davies, Gloria Swanson, Pola Negri, Olive Borden, Mary Pickford, and literally dozens of others. What makes this collection so interesting is these stills were never meant for public consumption, they were taken to be used for his pastel portraiture work. Many are unscripted – Sheldon was an amateur photographer essentially and it is unique to see such glamorous stars posed often times so informally.”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: grapefruitmoongallery / Minneapolis, MN

Price: $431.88 (23 bids)

Condition: “Excellent”

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Charles Gates SheldonA dapper Charles Gates Sheldon via Grapefruit Moon Galleries.

20th Bombardment Staff Officers Photo A1 Jackets

Sold on eBay: Original Photo 20th Bombardment Squadron Wearing A1 Jackets

Found this gorgeous photo that sold on eBay. It’s worth a look especially for those beautiful A1 jackets. From the listing:

“Great 7×9 original image of the identified staff officers of the 20th bombardment squadron, in about 1930 or so.  They all wear the A1 flight jacket with square versions of the 20th bombardment patch, SUPER looking!  Slightly light exposure.  Man standing in center is squadron commander Captain Robert Cronau.  Back notes this is at Langley Field, VA.”

Here are the auction details:

Seller: notime

Price: $38.85

Condition: “Some paper remnant may be on back from a scrapbook”

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Vintage Colorized Photo Mermaid Color

6 Amazing Examples of Colorized Vintage Photography

Here are some more incredible examples of colorized vintage photography. These come from Shorpy. If you haven’t met Shorpy Higginbotham and his collection of vintage photographs, get over there and check out the “History in HD” he has to offer. In his collections are several photos that have been colorized. I wish I knew the names of who was responsible for creating these. In my opinion, these are the greatest 6 and presented to you in no particular order:

Boy and his bike:




A fashion photo for Harper’s Bazaar taken at Weeki Wachee in 1947:

Vintage Colorized Photo Mermaid B&W

Vintage Colorized Photo Mermaid Color


A New York City fish market on an overcast and rainy day:

Vintage Colorized Photo Fish Market NYC B&W

Vintage Colorized Photo Fish Market NYC Color


A man in a tuxedo:

Vintage Colorized Photo Man B&W

Vintage Colorized Photo Man Color


Grand Central Station, NYC:

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Vintage Colorized Photo Grand Central Color


Greyhound Bus Station in Indianapolis, Indiana:

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A Trip Down Market Street, San Francisco 1906

This excellent silent film entitled “A Trip Down Market Street” allows us to step back in time and experience the city of San Francisco as it was just a week before the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire that destroyed almost every building we see on film. It’s a bit haunting to realize a large number of the people we see only had a few short days to live.

The architecture, the fashion, the technology and the American spirit are on full display as we take the 3 mile trip down market street. I think the most glaring observation is the complete lack of traffic laws. Early motor vehicles, street cars, carriages and bicyclists dart back and forth across the frame narrowly missing passing pedestrians as the town bussles with activity.

Also included is a 60 Minutes piece about the film. Morley Safer fills in the gaps about the mystery of who created this and why. It’s worth a watch and certainly a “don’t miss” if you’re a fan of American history.



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10 Vintage Photos of Celebrities Hitting the Slopes

It’s cold outside and the snow if falling here in Ohio. Why not enjoy some vintage photos of celebrities hitting the slopes! From Rita Hayworth to John Wayne and Grace Kelly, each one brings their own smooth style and retro appeal – a good amazing ski sweater always helps too.


Rita Hayworth 1949

Rita Hayworth, 1949

John Wayne 1937

John Wayne & Barbara Read, 1937


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Robert Redford in Utah, 1977



Lana Turner, 1955



 Grace Kelly


John Lennon And His Wife Cynthia Skiing At Saint Moritz In Switzerland On January 31St 1965

John Lennon, 1965

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Robert & Ethel Kennedy

Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson sort of skiing

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Gary Cooper & Claudette Colbert in the early 50’s

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie and Caroline.


The Many Fashionable Sides of Our 35th President, John F. Kennedy

Today marks 50 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated driving through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Putting aside all the conspiracy theories, the political spin, the legacy of the Kennedy family and every hot button topic about the man, there is no doubt our 35th President had style. He represented then, and still represents today, a classic American style that will always stand the test of time. Lets take a look at some of those style choices…


JFK As A Boy


Lookin’ dapper early.




John, with his father Joseph, as a teenager.


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In the service. I believe those are American Optical sunglasses and an excellent cap.


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Campaign. With all of his illnesses, JFK was a bit dainty. But what I find most intriguing about this photo is the kid with the gun in his own face in the foreground.




John with his daughter Caroline. Fitted suit and spotted skinny tie.


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Does it get any more American? Mr. Lauren would be proud.


JFK In New Mexico






Ah man, the blue shawl cardigan sweater…. love it.


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Tension. When you’ve got Jackie at your side and you contrast yourself with LBJ, anyone can look good – even in the midst of the hottest policital landscapes.


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This is JFK’s Presidential Flight Jacket – it recently sold at auction!


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Tortoise framed Ray Ban sunglasses.


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No one’s ever worn striped socks better.



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Vintage Harley Davidson Racing Jersey Shirts : Classic Motorcycle Swag

Recently I’ve discovered lots of great photos of motorcycle riders sporting the classic vintage Harley Davidson racing jersey. These photos are excellent and capture the beauty that is Vintage Motorcycle Apparel. The brand Harley Davidson has become synonymous with motorcycles. Harley is a defining force in the history of motorcycle racing, cross country touring and general motorcycle club mayhem with their great machines; but Harley Davidson’s apparel history is just as rich and intriguing.

Check out these old photographs of dudes wearing the vintage Harley Davidson racing jersey…



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Lou Balinski, of Kalamazoo, MI posing in August of 1939. Harley-Davidson Archives.


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Check out those gorgeous engineer boots.

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This one has the button at the collar instead of the zip. Could this be more sweater than jersey?


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I love the white HD lettering on the dark body.


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Rockin’ that collar wide open.


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