T. A. Manning

T. A. Manning 322 The Pike. Long Beach, California.

The AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard was produced between 1904 and 1918. Hard to believe this card is over 100 years old. Found in a thrift market in Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

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Indianapolis Municipal Airport

Located in Marion County, Indiana. According to internet sources, years of operation were 1930-1955. Looks to be late 1930s or early 1940s. No information provided on back. Found in a thrift shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Narrow Fellow in the Grass…

A Polaroid of some kind. Looks more like the Spectra version but I’m not enough of an aficionado in those matters. Never had a bite from a rattlesnake or a cottonmouth but I’ve been on the receiving end of several copperhead bites. They say the rattlers make you down right sick. Hope I never find out. Date unknown. Found in a thrift store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Baptist Mission

Although I think a majority of people were descent folks and thought they were doing the right thing, it still breaks your heart to see images from the past where very powerful people wanted to erase the native peoples culture and roots. Never was much for religion myself. 35mm slide. 1960s. Found in a junk shop in Summers, Arkansas.

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Missions of Conversion…

The light leaks, fading and overall look of the slide makes this incredibly surreal. The unfinished building adds to the sense of anxiety. Somewhere out West. No other information available at this time. 35mm slide. 1960s. Found in a junk shop in Summers, Arkansas.

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Jim Firestone and Friends…

Jim Firestone, Doyle, Loyd, Grandpa & Daddy. (Taken in Washington). By the looks of this print, it may be a reprint from a negative or a photographic replication. Why do I say this? The Kodak Electronic Imaging paper stamp on the back. Pretty sure that was a paper that came much later than the original photograph. Date Unknown. Not the most interesting image but it was in a sealed plastic bag with others so it was scanned as well. Found in a thrift market in Springdale, Arkansas.

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Stand By Your Man…

He certainly looks like a feller you wouldn’t wanna cross. This is an 8×10….yes, an 8×10. How could I not pick this up? The only thing that could make this “treasure-of-a-find” any better would be a gold foiled Olan Mills stamp on it. But, I guess we can’t have everything. Found and quickly purchased in a thrift store in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Stone Mountain Grocery 1954

Aesthetically, a very good photograph. Focused, rich in tone and contrast. You don’t find many photographs that are this nice. If one looks closely, they will see a small baby doll between the fuel pumps. Found in a thrift market in Springdale, Arkansas. No information provided other than what can be seen on the front. One Dollar for 3.5 gallons of fuel! There seems to be a Stone Mountain “neighborhood” just east of Fayetteville that may have been a township type thing back in the day. Other than that, all that can be found with a search of the internet is – of course – Stone Mountain, Georgia. I’m sure there are hundreds of “Stone Mountains” throughout the country. The world may never know.

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It Never Rains In…Tustin, California?

The image is not skewed in any way. A poorly manufactured print, this happened on occasion in those days. I’m guessing with a certain degree of confidence this is 1930s. Here is the real mystery – What the words actually say on the back of the photograph. The second-to-last letter is defiantly an “o” but was this a grammar error on part of the author? The closest city, area or what-not found was Tustin, California. A real Scooby Doo mystery. Jeenkies! Found in a thrift shop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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Houston, we have lift off!

The words “AF Museum” are found on the back of this old photograph. Air Force would be the only explanation that comes to mind. Would like to say this is a 1950s image but it can’t be verified. Found in a thrift store in Rogers, Arkansas.

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