Zoe Zobedia, The Moss-Haired Girl November 08 2013, 0 Comments

from Sideshow Stars Collection,

Among the attractions of early 19th century American carnivals, sideshows and circuses were the so-called “Circassian Beauties,” women with extravagantly fine or mossy hair who supposedly descended from the “purest” peoples of Eurasia’s Caucasus mountains, in the little-known region of Circassia. In fact, many of these beauties were American girls who cleverly teased out and stiffened their hair and adopted exotic names invariably beginning with “Z” – Zalumma, Zribeda, Zoledod, Zeleke. Pictured here is one of P. T. Barnum’s Circassian harem, Zoe Zobedia, a moss-haired and snake charmer!

Limited edition print available exclusively on


6 Nude Male Photos are More Art than Science November 06 2013, 0 Comments

from The Anatomy Lessons Collection on

A 19th-century photographic invention commonly used for educational purposes comes alive today in this exceedingly rare group of images made from glass lantern slides. The slides, made around 1880, were probably used in medical schools to demonstrate muscle groups and other aspects of male anatomy. Today, the photographs strike us as unusual nude studies, more art than science.  Limited edition prints of these beautiful images are available exclusively at PROJECT B.

all images from The Anatomy Lessons Collection on
Limited edition prints of these beautiful images are available exclusively at PROJECT B.

13 Vintage Photos of Scary Halloween Masks October 27 2013, 0 Comments

Photo, circa 1940s. Any guesses what they are dressed up as? Masks are great!

Circa 1930s. Love the Pumpkin head mask!

c. 1960s. Mickey Mouse with a Skull mask and is that a Bat girl with a Cinderella mask?!

Creepy Cute!

Circa 1920. Spooky masks!

Amish Halloween?!

Crazy animal mask!

Circa 1910. These are very strange masks!

This color photo from PROJECT B's rare originals store: 1970s Devil Dude in a witch mask - crazy!


via Weird Tales, "Halloween was so much weirder back then: Creepy and Disturbing Halloween Photos"  Note: there were no credit lines in originating blog post so if any of the originals belong to your collection please let me know!


Mike the Cat October 25 2013, 0 Comments

 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!

Elephant Girl October 23 2013, 0 Comments

Collection of Barbara Levine / PROJECT B
At PROJECT B, we love unique, bizarre and beautiful anonymous photographs. To celebrate this spirit, we are featuring a special limited edition print of a haunting photograph of a little girl in a paper elephant mask. The original photograph was taken in the 1940s and our large format archival print captures every detail. Why would someone take this photograph from behind a chain link fence? The mixture of distortions, textures and stillness make this a mysterious image that conjures the work of Diane Arbus.

We have made our "Elephant Girl" print very affordable and in two ready to hang sizes! Making an elephant mask out of a paper bag? Priceless!

Behind the Scenes at PROJECT B October 18 2013, 0 Comments

Take a peek at our not yet released new editions! Every limited edition print at PROJECT B is hand embossed for authenticity.

Below, we are making large format prints of vintage color slide photos. They are included in our Divine series for an upcoming exhibition in Houston.

Our best selling print this month is Alligator Women! Talk about a conversation piece!

And finally, to keep up with all the print and photo orders we are putting our signature 'B's on heavy duty mailing tubes. We want to make sure you get your prints in perfect condition!

More behind the scenes of PROJECT B soon!


A Gorgeous Paper Moon (Photograph)! October 14 2013, 0 Comments

At PROJECT B we love real photo postcards and paper moons! The paper moon above is exceptional because the photographer created a souvenir of a man astride the moon floating above a city street in Saskatchwan, Canada. Anyone have a souvenir paper moon photograph like this one? 

Ode to Collecting Found Photos October 09 2013, 0 Comments

Eloquent ode to collecting found photographs. Robert Skingle, veteran dealer says "Instead of being thrown away, these photographs live on." Vintage vernacular photographs is one of the fastest growing collecting areas in art and photography.

How I Met Your Mother October 01 2013, 0 Comments

Photo by S. Eschelbach

Project B had the great opportunity to work with the set designer for the CBS TV show, "How I Met Your Mother".  Here is a look at a few of our vintage photographs hanging in the bar at the Farhampton Inn!  I never watched the show before and now I am a fan!

Dummy Mortimer Snerd September 27 2013, 0 Comments

Collection of Barbara Levine /

A real photo postcard showing ventriloquist, actor and radio show host, Edgar Bergen (father of Candace Bergen) steering a bike or open vehicle with his dummy Mortimer Snerd, August 20, 1941 in Decatur, Michigan.

Want to add to your collection? email me

10 Great Victorian Headless Photographs September 18 2013, 0 Comments

(via George Eastman House/Flickr) 

As soon as photography was invented, people wanted to make trick photographs. One of the most popular tricks was making 'headless' portraits. Books such as "Magic: Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversion including Trick Photography" published in 1897 contained diagrams for creating illusions such as decapitations, multiples, and spirit photographs.  The Victorian version of photoshop fun and the resulting photos are still creepy today!

(via Photo History Sussex)


via Is it weird?

(via PetaPixel)

Early 1800s

Complete with Blood!

(via courroiedetransmission, elisandre-librairie-oeuvre-au-noir, International Center of Photography




Ivory Pistol Grip with Photo September 12 2013, 0 Comments

This ivory pistol grip from early 1900s is very unusual because it has a photo of a woman on it. A great example showing how people used photographs to personalize their belongings. This unique photographic object recently sold for $275.00 at the Kimball M. Sterling Auction House in Tennessee.

via @anonymousworks


Friday Foster: Super Heroine & Fashion Photographer! September 06 2013, 0 Comments

from Barbara Levine Collection / available for purchase on Project B

The Friday Foster comic strip debuted on January 18, 1970 in the Chicago Tribune and ran until 1974. Friday Foster was a former fashion model who became an assistant to a world-famous photographer at a glamour magazine in New York City.  The strip was about her comings and goings in the jet set modeling world and she often moonlighted as a detective. Friday Foster was the first mainstream syndicated comic strip to feature a Black woman in the lead role. In 1972, Dell created a one-of-a-kind Friday Foster comic book edition (pictured above). The comic book inspired the blaxploitation film by the same name, starring Pam Grier.






Antique Cabinet Card Photographs September 05 2013, 0 Comments

Two women, one dressed as a man, c. 1905, John Emberson © National Media Museum / SSPL. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

"Cabinet cards, such as the example above,  are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually superseded the smaller carte de visite format. The front of the card is usually printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often printed with elaborate designs. The popularity of the cabinet card waned around the turn of the century, particularly after the introduction of the photographic postcard, but they were still being produced right until the First World War."

via the National Media Museum Blog


Roaring Twenties Field Hockey Team! September 04 2013, 0 Comments


Collection of Barbara Levine / PROJECT B

No matter how old I am, the start of the Fall season always reminds me of going back to school and team sports. I was horrible at sports and often found an excuse not to participate! This 1921 photograph of a young women's field hockey team (note their bobbed flapper hairstyle!) makes me wish I had played! Our limited edition print (available in 3 sizes) of this rare photo will absolutely give you a reason to cheer! Go Girls!

Found Photos That Belong Together August 29 2013, 0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Unknown photographer. Left, Vintage Photograph, 1947. Right, Vintage Photograph, 1959. Available on

Sometimes found photographs from different places and times seem to belong together. Each of these snapshots features wall papered interiors and birthday cakes. Both however, also reveal the casual presence of a possible danger - a rifle aimed point blank and lit candles on a young girl's lap.  They are each interesting images but as a diptych their subtleties are accentuated and a new story emerges about odd and menacing birthdays.

Pink Poodles Always In Fashion! August 28 2013, 0 Comments

 from the NEW Project B Collection- It's A Dogs Life

One of my favorites from our new collection featuring dogs is this over the top pink poodle! With fur dyed (probably with beet juice or food coloring), pom-poms meticulously clipped and adorned with bows, the pink poodle sends a message of Hollywood Baroque, even in Middle America. Who knows if this poodle knows or cares how he looks? He exists, as many dogs do, as an avatar of his owner…in this case, a clear fashion statement. What do you think his/her owner looks like?

(pssst..hey you, if you feed my image to your blog please credit Merci beaucoup!)


The Northern Lights August 25 2013, 0 Comments

Setting up a camera in the middle of a dirt road in Fairbanks, Alaska, an unknown photographer, c.1940, captures this exquisite long-exposure view of the aurora borealis—the northern lights. The awe inspired by this apparition is palpable, even now.

Available in three sizes from Project B.

Special Mug Shot Photographs August 19 2013, 0 Comments


Images courtesy of the Sydney Living Museums

The Justice & Police Museum in Sydney, Australia has an extraordinary collection of police forensic photography. The collection documents police suspects and criminals and was created between 1910 and the early 1930s. 

The photographs were taken inside the prison cells at the Central Police Station in Sydney. They were designated 'special photographs' to distinguish them from the conventional genre of prison mugs shots. Unlike what we expect to see when looking at prison photographs - strictly documentation - these 'special photographs' are unusually intimate. They look to us today like strangely beautiful and compelling portraits.


Book- City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 by Peter Doyle and Caleb Williams

Via Justice & Police Museum, Via Twisted Sifter


Appreciating Found Photos August 14 2013, 0 Comments

image © Jane Waggoner Deschner. from the garment series (little boy, dragon), snapshots of James "Jimmy" Schelfhout, 2011

There is a growing awareness that pre-digital snapshots are quickly becoming obsolete. In view of this more is being written and considered about their cultural value (including about artists who use found photos). In the last few weeks, three note worthy articles have come out on the topic: listen to NPR's interview with Robert Jackson "Are Snapshots Dead?"; read New York Times art critic Roberta Smith's exhibition review: "Not for the Family Album: Snap Noir and Photo Brut Display Found Photos"and feast your eyes on artist Jane Waggoner Deschner's stitched photographs featured this week on John Foster's Accidental Mysteries blog.

Hooray for art and found photos!

Paul Strand on Snapshot Photography August 05 2013, 2 Comments

"...the whole concept of the snapshot has to be looked upon in a very broad sort of way.  If you want to use the word snapshot, you should not use it contemptuously. Snapshot should not be a derogatory word. The snapshot is the result of the scientific development of photography, and all developments should b welcomed and used with sensitivity. The snapshot has nothing at all to do with amateurism or casual photography. It can be used by many people for many different reasons; by amateurs and by professionals, and also by artists. There is no one answer to the question of how to photograph. There are many ways, and there are many ways to use the materials that have become available."  

Paul Strand. Blind Woman, 1916. Excerpted from 1974 article on Snapshots in Aperture Magazine

Lee Friedlander on Snapshot Photographs August 03 2013, 0 Comments

"It's a swell word (snapshot) I've always liked. It probably came about because it describes a basic fact of photography. Whether the practitioner uses small, medium or large format equipment, or whether his concerns and interests are botanical, animal or folks, landscape or street life, etc., the only relevance is the photograph itself. The pleasures of good photographs are the pleasures of good photographs, whatever the particulars of their makeup."

Lee Friedlander. Excerpt from a 1974 article on snapshots in Aperture magazine

How to Photograph A Swinging Dance Party August 02 2013, 0 Comments

It's new. It's NOW! A flashbulb camera captures all the moves at a swinging 60's dance party!

Kodak Instamatic Television Commercial (Eastman Kodak, 1961)


Vintage Toy Cameras August 01 2013, 0 Comments

A camera designed to look like french fries? You bet! At PROJECT B, we love toy cameras! Vintage novelty cameras are colorful, collectable and many of them take real photographs! We have a great Pinterest board full of them including spy gadgets, miniature models and cameras made to look like cartoon characters (is that a Charlie the Tuna camera?). Take a peek and pop in your 127 film!

Vernacular Photography: The Art of the Found July 31 2013, 0 Comments

Courtesy ZieherSmith and Winter Works on Paper

Click on this photo for a fantastic overview of the state of vernacular photography as art and curatorial practice. A must read if you are a vernacular photography collector!


Sun-Tan Vending Machine July 31 2013, 1 Comment



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!


Early Photos of Blind People Seeing a Museum Collection July 25 2013, 0 Comments


The Walrus, A group of blind children feeling the stuffed walrus at Sunderland Museum, so they can 'see' what it looks like. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Visiting a museum usually means we are going to experience objects by seeing them with our eyes. But what if you are blind?

In 1913, a remarkable curator, John Alfred Charles Deas, at the Sunderland Museum in England, wanted blind children to be able to experience objects in the museum's collection - he wanted to create a museum of touch for those who could not see. "To them, their fingers are eyes," Deas said. He started a program in which blind children were able to touch taxidermied animals including polar bears, crocodiles, birds and lions. They also heard lectures on different parts of the museum's collection and were able to touch the objects and then make drawings based on texture and what they saw in their mind's eye. The sessions were so successful that Deas opened them to adults. Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden was a remarkable place and had a great influence on programming for the blind because it demonstrated there was a different way for people to experience museum collections.

A young girl who is blind examining mounted birds at Sunderland Museum. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums  

Reptiles. Blind visitors to Sunderland Museum are handling the reptile specimens, including the crocodile and shells. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

'Seeing Budha. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Blind adults are listening to a short lecture at Sunderland Museum before examining a human skeleton. Courtesy Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Post first appeared in Atlas Obscura.

Hand Painted Photo Fun July 24 2013, 1 Comment

Collection of Barbara Levine / PROJECT B

With a nod to summer fun is this 1950s hand painted photograph of La Jolla beach in California. Since the beginning of photography in the 1800s, professional and amateur photographers have experimented with hand painting to make their photographs appear more realistic. Hand coloring was a time consuming process resulting in unique hand-made images. Can you imagine this photograph big and hanging on your wall? We would love to know what you think!

Billy the Kid and Cindy Sherman? The 10 Priciest Photographs. July 23 2013, 0 Comments

Both Billy the Kid and Cindy Sherman are names attached to the priciest photographs in the world. Here is a countdown of the 10 most expensive photographs over the last few years. I like many of these photographs but I LOVE the photos and the prices -starting at only $95 on PROJECT B

10) Billy the Kid, photographer unknown (1880). Sold for $2.3 million.

9) Untitled #153, by Cindy Sherman (1985). Sold for $2.7 million


8) The Pond/Moonlight, by Edward Steichen (1904). Sold for $2.9 million.

7) Los Angeles, by Andreas Gursky (1998). Sold for $2.9 million.

6) 99 Cent II, Diptychon, by Andreas Gursky (2001). Sold for $3.3 million.

5) Untitled (Cowboy), by Richard Prince (2001-02). Sold for $3.4 million.

4) Dead Troops Talk, by Jeff Wall (1992). Sold for $3.7 million.

3) For Her Majesty, by Gilbert & George (1973). Sold for $3.7 million.

2) Untitled #96, by Cindy Sherman (1981). Sold for $3.9 million.

1) Rhein II, by Andreas Gursky (1999). Sold for $4.3 million.

This post originally appeared on Gizmodo and FREEYORK.

Mystery Diva Snapshot July 20 2013, 1 Comment


We review thousands of vintage photographs in the Project B archive before deciding which images would make great wall size prints. I try to imagine photographs people would want to put on their walls. I came across this 1965 snapshot and doubt anyone would choose it to go over their couch!  This photo is a mystery; are we looking at a zombie woman, a man in bad drag or an aging opera diva?!  What do you think?

Derrière Artistique July 19 2013, 0 Comments


As soon as we saw this 1907 French postcard, we knew we had to print it large scale. The original is small and great but we wanted to really show off the shapely buttocks bursting out of their ornate picture frame! No 3-D glasses required!  With a nod to Degas (or is it a wink?) our Derrière Artistique archival pigment print on heavyweight 100% cotton Moab paper is both classical and audacious. The rosey pink stamp (dated June 3, 1907) adds a je ne sais quoi. 

Splash! July 18 2013, 1 Comment


Collection of Barbara Levine / Project B

This photograph of a woman, complete with her 1920s bathing costume, is a picture of summertime vacation fun. Stay cool, stand and splash in some water!

Tattered Love July 16 2013, 0 Comments

Collection of PROJECT B / Barbara Levine

This tattered vintage snapshot from 1939, exemplifies the wonderful and mysterious ways photography intersects with people's lives and their private domestic rituals. Vigorously ripped up, repeatedly folded or accidentally left in a pocket and put in the wash, the photo remained precious to its owner and was carefully taped back together. While we will never know if their love lasted, the worn voice of the photograph remains preserved.

Wearable Photographs July 05 2013, 0 Comments


Every thought about wearing photographs of people you love or like the look of? Almost as soon as photography was invented people made jewelry with their personal photos. From Victorian mourning brooches, rings and cufflinks to buttons promoting political candidates, photo jewelry came in all sizes and shapes. Especially popular in the 1920s and 30s was the pinback photo button. From the Project B rare originals collection is this hand colored photograph of a young girl in the 1920s that was made into a photo button. It measures 1 3/4 x 1", has a pin on the back and is especially charming (we love her glasses!). How would you wear your photographs?! 

All Americana! July 01 2013, 0 Comments





Americans have their official public symbols and iconic landmarks. But some images seem quintessentially American even when the subject is not immediately identifiable.  This 4th of July discover our collections for uniquely spirited images.

Camera Comics June 21 2013, 1 Comment


Included in PROJECT B's Rare Originals Collection and a true comics rarity, is Camera Comics. Only nine issues were ever published by U. S. Camera Publishing Corporation between 1944 and 1946. The series featured action heroes whose exploits involved not guns or superhuman strength, but cameras. Meet Linda Lens, woman photographer – the first and only female action-adventure photographer. And Jim Lane, Insurance Investigator, Grey Comet, Aerial Photographer and a teenager named Kid Click. The comic even included fact-based stories about famous figures in photographic history such as Eadweard Muybridge and George Eastman, and instructive articles such as how to build a darkroom and tips for better picture taking. WOW!