Clarkson Potter published a compilation of detachable acquaintance cards based on my collection! Some of the ones in the showcase below are included in it. For more information about the book, head over to Amazon and take a look at May I See You Home? 19th-Century Pickups for 21st-Century Suitors or see the publisher's page.
Here's the publisher's description of the book: "Full of cheek and charm, these authentic acquaintance cards are how people broke the ice (and got lucky) around the turn of the century. Use them today (or tonight) to find love. Culled from the collection of Alan Mays, the internet’s most prolific collector of antique acquaintance cards, comes this set of forty-eight flirtation cards (twenty-four unique designs, each printed twice) to tear out and give as a valentine, joke, or token of affection (or to keep for a laugh). These cards are the perfect sweet-but-not-saccharine gift for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, and dates."
Collector of acquaintance cards and other printed ephemera. Twelve million views and counting.
Administrator of Vintage Business Cards and Vintage Wheel Charts.
Co-administrator of Vintage Membership Cards and Flying in the Studio - Prop Balloons and Airplanes.
Co-moderator of Printed Ephemera.
Administrator Pro Tem: Somehow inherited administration of American Victorian Trade Cards and Menus Old and New somewhere along the way.
Albums: Acquaintance Cards, Calling Cards, and Strange and Unusual.
Printed Ephemera: Ye Gilded Boob and Anti-Poke Your Nose Into Other People's Business Society.
Vintage Photos: Elias M. Baugher, Teacher and Pipe-Smoking Television Man.
Flickr says that Twin Girls with Bows and One-Man Music Machine rate highest for interestingness.
- Where The Heck Did I Leave My Hat? 2,060 photos, 34 members
- Tire Graphics 171 photos, 15 members
- Unintentionally Bad Postcards 103 photos, 28 members
- Pittsburgh 56,891 photos, 3,935 members
- Real Photo Postcard People Portraits 325 photos, 9 members
- Trains On Film 24,865 photos, 269 members
- Dutch Wonderland 159 photos, 26 members
- vintage paperback 36,946 photos, 1,099 members
- People posing with vehicles 1,124 photos, 26 members
- Just Put Your Hands On Your Hips 1,241 photos, 55 members
- Historic Fire Photos 604 photos, 108 members
- Bring the milk in 126 photos, 7 members
- Large Letter Postcards 3,421 photos, 118 members
- Do not disturb 33 photos, 5 members
- Banknotes 3,281 photos, 110 members
- Massachusetts Postcards 1,307 photos, 86 members
- Effected Cameras 45,990 photos, 3,777 members
- Chill Sun 🌞 72 photos, 5 members
- In the Future Postcards 28 photos, 10 members
- Jazz-Age in Print (20s-30s) [VINTAGE] 4,409 photos, 1,588 members
- Best of Kodachrome & Ektachrome. 3,396 photos, 224 members
- QSL Cards 3,176 photos, 145 members
- Beasts of Burden 177 photos, 40 members
- American 4-4-0 locomotives 569 photos, 13 members
- Orange and Blue 59,461 photos, 17,202 members
- Belle Époque Illustration 1,548 photos, 660 members
- Programmatic Architecture 87 photos, 31 members
- Trading-Cards 1,787 photos, 70 members
- Cartes Postales Anciennes 7,195 photos, 135 members
- Are We There Yet? Families on vacation: 1945-1970s 1,513 photos, 293 members
- Christmas Trees 13,942 photos, 2,331 members
- Then & Now! 16,200 photos, 553 members
- Old American Department Stores 4,273 photos, 311 members
- squirrels 83,018 photos, 10,621 members
- PRR Memories 6,871 photos, 339 members
- Piers 34,482 photos, 4,579 members
- Found Photo Archive 4,642 photos, 84 members
- Industrial and Trade Catalogues 2,372 photos, 36 members
- 1950s 38,725 photos, 1,504 members
- People on Postcards 9,714 photos, 174 members
- Vintage Magazines 65,572 photos, 3,528 members
- Cover of a Magazine 10,742 photos, 1,422 members
- NURSES NOW and THEN 1,713 photos, 220 members
- Classic Disneyland Souvenirs 720 photos, 259 members
- TRI-cycles 64 photos, 16 members
- The Vintage Reader 120 photos, 19 members
- OLD PHOTOS BY SEASIDE PHOTOGRAPHERS 381 photos, 21 members
- Instamatic quadrate color snapshot 88 photos, 5 members
- Nasturtium Garden and Artistry 129 photos, 14 members
- Postkartensammler/Postcardcollector 47,300 photos, 106 members
- Miniature City, Clinch Park, Traverse City, Michigan 5 photos
- Barrels of Fun and Laughs 15 photos
- Masked Photos in Different Shapes 18 photos
- Wishing Seats 19 photos
- Breaking the News and Looking through the Paper 13 photos
- Landing on the Moon on TV 19 photos
- Devil's Den: Souvenir Photos from the Gettysburg Battlefield 12 photos
- Paul Bunyan Snapshots 12 photos
- Space Shuttles on the Playground 19 photos
- Silver Springs Souvenir Boat Photos 15 photos
- Souvenir Photos of Pete the Our Gang Dog 5 photos
"An a-Mays-ing collection!"
December 8th, 2017
- Alan Mays
- January 2007
- I am: