Vintage Photo Finds

Ladies holding guns. Colorado. 1930s?

Joel Snow found a stash of unlabeled negatives at a flea market. He photographed them, scanned them, and used Photoshop to convert them to positive images. All that work revealed a treasure trove of historical mysteries. Where and when were all these pictures taken? What’s the story behind them? Were they taken by the same person, or even the same family or company? Snow created a website to share the photographs called Vintage Photo Finds, where you’ll see plenty more. Wherever the site or the pictures are shared, people come forward who recognize the place, if not the people, and Snow updates the information as it comes in.

Amazing shot of Nebraska potato farmers taking a break, or finishing up their day.

No idea where this was taken. However, I would guess it’s sometime in the early ’20s based on the cars in the background. Possibly Texas, based on names.

Hotel Regis, Mexico City. Destroyed in the ’85 earthquake.

Proof that little kids have always been fascinated with cars. Why does this one have 2 steering wheels?

Another one just processed. I couldn’t tell what city is was so I posted to ‘r/whereisthis’ on reddit and the detectives there did the rest. It’s Victoria, B.C! Looks lile the 1930s.

There is an entire gallery of photos that have been identified as being from the Pershing Expedition, aka the Pancho Villa Expedition, aka the Punitive Expedition of 1916-1917.

Soldier on a 1916 Harley-Davidson.

Soldiers horsing around with guns, and puppies.

Snow is trying to expand the project and make it self-sustaining, so that he may find and share more vintage photos. See many more of these photographs, where you can enlarge them, at Vintage Photo Finds.

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