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Original Vintage Photographs

Updated on August 31, 2017

Original Vintage and Antique Photographs

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You will find original antique and vintage photographs here. I love photography especially black and white and what better way to enjoy it than by the original items. This lens is dedicated to vintage photographs my great love. It is wonderful how the use of simple black and white captured our memories in such great detail over the years.

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The End of An Era

Today everybody likes to take photos and they do take photos. Before the digital era it was much more of a commitment to take photographs.


- First you had to have a camera which at one time was a luxury item. Slowly with some competition more cameras were available and they were becoming more and more user friendly every couple of years. Yes, couple of years.

My mother loved to take photographs and I remember the item on her wish list was always the newest camera. My best memory is when the Polaroid camera came out and how thrilled mom was to have an instant photo in her hand, unfortunately using a Polaroid became a super expensive hobby. Today everyone seem to have a camera or a camera phone.


- In the days before digital your next step was to get film. Film varied depending on your camera and in the case of a 35mm camera, your choices became even more divergent. Film: a hard copy of every snap of the camera.


- Next, before those precious photos were in your hands, you had to get the film developed. Either you were a professional with a dark room or like most of us you were destined to rely on the postal system and your local "Developing Shop" to mail out the film for developing. Then Kodak offered a way to get your film while cutting the middle man out. You could mail your film to them directly which provided a false sense of getting your photographs faster than leaving them in a shop. It was quite a long time before the ole one hour photo drop offs came around so you had to wait patiently and hope that you snaps came out. This step was my downfall, having to get film developed became a never ending cost factor.


- Then when you finally got your developed photographs, assuming they were good and you didn't have you thumb over the lens or moved while taking a picture you still had to organize and store the end product.

If you collect old photographs you have already noticed the care that was dedicated to keeping a photo album. The older the photographs the more love you can see in the organization and storing of the photos. As it became easier to take photos more and more boxes and bags full of unorganized photographs began to accumulate throughout the population. This is sad because an untold number of tiny bits of history has been lost. I am guilty of having too many photographs to keep organize in a decent manner. I believe it started with puberty and escalated through the school years. I now see hundreds of photos that are stuck together and nearly impossible to separate.

Today there are memory sticks filled with all kinds of images that will be the treasure to uncover for the future collectors. Unfortunately even with the use of a computer I am not as organized as I would like to be with my personal photographs.

Do You Remember? - Polaroid's


Photo credit: Brian Auer

Remember waving the photo until it dried ?

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I found this great image and thought it would make a nice addition to someones collection. Especially during the Halloween Holidays. For more information click on the buy button. It will take you to the item page.

Quality Vintage Photographs


I have been trading vintage photographs on line and only online since 1999.

I was so happy to amass a wonderful collection of photographs of everyday life. Laughter & Fun to Quiet & Solace, Relaxation & Leisure to Duty & Achievement, Subtle & Abstract to Masterful & Commanding, Dreamlike & Surreal to Visually Crisp. A continual cornucopia of images to enjoy!

Leatherwood is the name my husband Dean and I chose for our homestead while visiting the Bloomsburg Fair in 1994. My photo collection is in a tiny room in our log cabin situated in the rolling country side of Schuylkill County, PA. I have always been interested in the world of black & white photography and hope to help others find the magic images they are looking for.


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From My Inventory

These are from my inventory. I hope to be selling more shortly. If you are looking for vintage photographs let me know.

Cool Antique Camera - Collectible Items

Every photograph needs a camera or it will not exist. Without the use of these great old pieces there would be no great old photos.

If you are looking for vintage photographs with a specific subject matter you can add your requests below. I may have what you are searching for in my collections.

Vintage Kids Video

Sit back and enjoy some music while watching a slew of great photographs with children.

Care for your Photos

Caring for your collected vintage photographs can be real easy when you keep a few steps in mind. First you don't want them to get wet. This is pretty much a given but you do not want to have any humidity get to them because it will slowly destroy the photograph. The first thing you will notice when humidity hits the photo is that it will begin to curl. The old photo album is still a great way to save your photos. The paper you put the photo on soaks up the moisture keeping it safe. You can also save your photos in thin plastic. A thin plastic case works great because it will keep the photo from curling.

If you use plastic or a photo frame keep your old photographs out of any direct sunlight. Like moisture sun will slowly destroy your photograph. Heat is really a bad place to keep photo for it will start to dry out and crumble

Care and Identify 19th Century Photographs

If you are serious about identifying and providing the best care to old paper photographs, this is the definitive source of information. There is a chart to help when trying to determine deterioration of old photographs / deterioration of vintage photographs. This is something I would like to have but over 10 years of providing descriptions of my vintage photographs for sale on line I have built up my own words and levels of wear. It is good to have a generic glossary that can be understood by all photograph collectors.

Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints
Care and Identification of 19th-Century Photographic Prints

Another great new addition to the world of photography. Nature lovers will really like this.


- Compact binocular with integrated digital camera--captures images up to VGA resolution (640 x 480)

- 10x binocular magnification, 25mm objective lens, 8x digital imaging zoom

- Menu/control panel for accessing camera functions; compatible with SD memory cards up to 1 GB in size

- Tripod socket and remote shutter cable; USB port and cable

- Powered by 2 AAA batteries

- 10 X 25Mm Folding Roof Prism Digital Binoculars

- 5-Way Keypad To Command Camera Functions

- 8 Mb Internal Flash Memory

- Field Of View: 290 Ft @ 1000 Yards

- Secure Digital Card Slot


Baby Look At Me Now

Baby Look At Me Now
Baby Look At Me Now

Beach Fun

Beach Fun
Beach Fun

Now thats Negative

There will never be a shortage of photographs of any subject. Every one delights in taking photographs. With todays technology there are an unbelievable number out there that are digital. It is getting so fewer and fewer quality images are going to be around that have the original image with the negative which is a sure way to be positive you have an original photograph. Even as a collector it is easy to be fooled by a print that has been modified to look old. I wish I had thought to collect negatives years ago because of how easy it has become to make a print look original.


Party Boys

Party Boys
Party Boys


Packard - 1920s

Packard - 1920s
Packard - 1920s

Cat Photographs

Cat Photographs
Cat Photographs

Wishing for Someone to Celebrate With

Wishing for Someone to Celebrate With
Wishing for Someone to Celebrate With



Vintage Women Photos Video

One more fun to watch video I put together

Vintage Kid Photo Video

The final video I did ... sorry about the information that points to eBay but it is old and I was not able to edit.

Vintage Automobiles Video

Another Slide Show I Made ..... Enjoy


Most of the photos in the gallery below are available for print through the POD (print on demand) shop Zazzle. To find out more about these and many other great old photos visit my fanpage on Facebook - All Vintage Photographs . I would appreciate it if you can 'like' the page when you are there. You will then be able to see all the updates and new additions that are added each week. I try to add photographs that are related to the season and the current holidays. I just added a group of photos for the Super Bowl.

Photo Prints - Vintage Photo Prints

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Interesting Old Photos

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I am always delighted to hear what each and every visitor has to say so please fell free to add comments.

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @tonyleather: Thanks, vintage photos have been a big part of my life

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Very nostalgic lens! Well done!

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      Marisa Horn 4 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Kazee LM: Thanks so much, this is a lens about my first business on line. I came to love vintage photos

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      Kay Collier 4 years ago from Australia

      Love your collection, and your lens, well done, now I'm moving on to another of your lenses.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      An amazing lens on a great topic. One of my favorite way to spend time is to go through old pictures of some places of Bombay city and compare them with modern day snaps, the transformation of the place just blows my mind away.

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      shabi9764 4 years ago

      i love this lens thank you!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Love this lens! The videos were great! I love old photographs - and even the old photo albums that are falling apart. Thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      I love old vintage photographs. I almost feel as though I should be in them. They just bring such a warm feeling of yesterday.

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      Arod17 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens brings back memories

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love photography and this lens has become one of my favorite lenses. Bookmarked just! :)

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      Marisa Horn 5 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Snakesmum: Thank you very much. I started selling vintage photographs a long time ago. I guess they are my first love in terms of a hobby

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      Snakesmum 5 years ago

      You've taken a lot of time and effort with this lens - well done!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I love looking at old family photos!

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! i have a strong fascination with vintage photographs because they somehow reflect the past.

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      Marisa Horn 5 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @kcsantos: lol

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      Marisa Horn 5 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Joan Haines: And wait for the pictures lol. I remember starting out at eBay, what a hassle taking photos of things became. That is why I started to sell photographs. My love of photography, a life time of dealing antiques and a hate of the need for a quick image to post.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      You are so right that it used to be a commitment to take photos. You had to pay for the film and then pay for the developing.

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      Marisa Horn 6 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @bigjoe2121: :) Years ago the boys wore a dress for awhile in their youth but usually as a baby. I would love to see your photo.

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      Marisa Horn 6 years ago from Rintown Pa

      @Scarlettohairy: I never noticed that about the dog. A happy accident. Today artists try to get that effect but usually end up manipulating the image.

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      bigjoe2121 6 years ago

      my grandma sent me some wonderful vintage pics of our family. One shows my grandpa as a baby in a dress :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love old photos too. That dog blends in with the scenery. Love it!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Great Vintage photos, really enjoyed them! I have a few on my family related lenses, only those that survived the war in Germany....

      I see you have an "Ives" name, my grandmother was a Connecticut Ives (did a lens on her)

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Beautiful collection of vintage photos, brought many smiles to my face... :)

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      Coreena Jolene 6 years ago

      I have been enjoying our own vintage family photos. I really love them. This looks like an amazing business you have. I would be tempted to keep all of the photos :)

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      Lisa Morris 6 years ago

      I love the photos. Awesome lens!

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      sjasis 6 years ago

      Wonderful old photos here! Many of them remind me of my own childhood and


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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wish when people took pictures they had written people names and/or descriptions of the event, time and place. They had just recorded history but tdidn't hink it should be documented.

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      Sketchart26 8 years ago

      You have some truly wonderful photos on sale here and your links look great. Well done and all the best.

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      Sketchart26 8 years ago

      You have some truly wonderful photos on sale here and your links look great. Well done and all the best.

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      GraemePark 9 years ago

      Nice lenss and vintage photos. I've been having fun with creating Zazzle products with some of the photos from our archives.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Vintage images are always so interesting to view. Great lens! 5*s.

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      Marisa Horn 9 years ago from Rintown Pa

      I am not certain how I answered your question but yes I can easily change an image to look vintage. It can be done with just about any image program. I also have a digital camera that allows you to take the image as vintage. I am glad you like the photo on my site I am adding new inventory this evening. Only a little at a time, migraine is slowing thing down. :)

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      Robyn_Abbatiello 9 years ago

      I know what you mean but that is not what I was referring to. Check out my question for you here.

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      Robyn_Abbatiello 9 years ago

      Very cool site. Can you also make new photo graphs look vintage?


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