Blog - vintage photos

Spooktacular! 16 Great Vintage Halloween Photos from the Collection of Barbara Levine

Looking at and collecting vintage Halloween photographs is always great fun. Here are some favorites from my collection. Check out over 50 years of great costumes - Happy Halloween! Bank robbers? Vintage photo, 1913Which famous 1920s movie star is man on left dressed as?Vintage Halloween photos, c.1925. Love the Geisha (and look at carved pumpkins too)!Bird costume, c.1930.Great Halloween mask! Vintage photo, 1939. Watch out, Creature from Black Lagoon (below) is in the living room!Mr. Peanut(s), Kodacolor photo, 1955Merman (below), c.1960Gypsy Princesses, c. 1965My favorite vintage Halloween photo (below), Nurse, 1967Devil Witch! Vintage photo, 1976.All photographs from the collection of Barbara Levine / Questions? email me:                 Read more 1 comment Barbara Levine, Halloween, Vintage photos

Fabulous Space Age Christmas Trees!

Collection of Barbara Levine/projectB.comOne of the reasons I love collecting and selling vintage photographs is often the photos lead me to learning about history and interesting stories. Recently, I purchased the above 1970s snapshot of a silver Christmas tree decked out in gold glass ball ornaments. In addition to my appreciation of the photo for it's unique color, I became curious about the origin of aluminum Christmas trees and decided to find out the story.In 1959, America saw the first commercial aluminum Christmas tree manufactured by the Aluminum Specialty Company in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Named the 'Evergleam', it was advertised as a ''permanent'' tree.  No more having to tie a tree to the top of the car or cleaning up falling... Read more Barbara Levine, mid-century modern, Vintage Christmas trees, vintage photos

Passport Photos of Famous Authors

  As a collector and artist, I am fascinated by vintage documents and identification photographs. These vintage passports once belonging to authors Virginia Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F.Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce are poignant and dramatic especially when we look at them now. They seem like floating pieces of a story frozen in time.  Do you keep your expired passports or old id photos? Questions? email me: Read more found artifacts, vintage passports, vintage photos

Mike the Cat

 Collection of Barbara Levine / PROJECT B "Mike the Cat", vintage photo c.1920. This devil kitty did not like getting his picture taken! Happy Halloween! Read more Barbara Levine, cats, Halloween, vintage photos

Sun-Tan Vending Machine



A model demonstrates how the spray nozzle is held of the new Sun-Tan Lotion dispenser at the Annual Vending Machine Convention in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 19, 1949. The machine was designed for use at pools, beaches and tennis courts. A 30 second spray job could be had for a dime!