Old Photo Scans
Early 1900s drugstore photos

Early 1900s drugstore photos

I have no idea what South St. Louis pharmacy or drugstore is pictured here, but these pictures that I scanned are fascinating! You can see all the glass bottles and vials of medicine neatly on shelves behind the counter, and signs saying: “Frog in your throat? 10 cents – the Greatest Cough ??? on Earth”, Adams Black Jack Gum, Humphrey’s Specifics, Abbey’s ?? Salt… and more.

Civil War or Spanish War Veterans Photos

Civil War or Spanish War Veterans Photos

These pictures were labeled “Civil War or Spanish War Veterans”. They’re actually slides from the 1960s, when someone had tried to copy or preserve the originals. Pretty interesting to see the elderly soldiers standing in formation. I wonder what event this was for?

Turn of the century firefighter pictures

Turn of the century firefighter pictures

Here are pictures of firemen, a hose cart, and the Carondelet Heights Fire Association at the turn of the century.It looks like they’re showing off the new fire hose cart and maybe the fire hose, since the men are posed holding the hose unwound, on ladders against the next door building. The fire fighters are also shown acting like they’re pulling the fire cart, and there are no horses.

Old Sinclair Gas Station Photos

Old Sinclair Gas Station Photos

I think that these photos of a Sinclair Gas Station are from the late 1930s. Gas was only 18 cents! There are signs on the shop for “tire vulcanizing”, Sinclair Gasoline, auto storage (cost $1 for a week), and inside I can make out an ad for Ponds skin cream. It appears that there was a car wash behind the building, or maybe that’s a picture of a different building.

A bakery shop in 1917

A bakery shop in 1917

These pictures of a bakery shop had the note “c. 1917 or 1918” and the names of the husband and wife who owned it.  I think it’s interesting to see how bakery shops were arranged, and there are pictures of the racks and “behind the counter” at this shop.

Early 1900s St. Louis Photos

Early 1900s St. Louis Photos

These were in a mixed album of early 1900s St. Louis photos that I scanned. One of these shows the civil courts building under construction, with just the steel beams up, which was completed in 1930 (so this picture would have been c. 1929). Another old photo is dated 1910 and appears to be a group photo of men in the Teamsters Union.

Pictures from the 1927 St. Louis Tornado

Pictures from the 1927 St. Louis Tornado

Here is evidence in pictures of the destruction wrought by the huge tornado that devastated parts of downtown St. Louis on September 29, 1927. These pictures of the tornado damage were taken at approximately 1:15pm, and are the property of the Carondelet Historical Society (who kindly let me scan and post them here).

Last of the 1930s family photos – children and babies

Last of the 1930s family photos – children and babies

I love these cute pictures of children and babies, from the 1930s! It looks like they turned one of the infants pictures into a post card, and I’ve scanned the front and back of it. I’m finished scanning this album… and not sure if I want to scan another Modern Priscilla issue, or the 1922 St. Louis Fashion Pageant magazine… Thoughts?

1930s nun and family photos

1930s nun and family photos

Here are some album pictures from the 1930s... it's a mix of family photos, children, and Catholic nuns. It looks like dress and hat styles varied, and the distinctive mark was the short waved hair and side part on the women. I think this family was pretty middle...

1930s family and children photos

1930s family and children photos

Here are some family and children photos from around 1938 (according to the date on the pics).... The children are wearing cute white pressed collars and simple clothing! It's interesting to see the women wearing cloche-like turbans, showing that the fashion changes...

Last of the 1930s nun pictures

Last of the 1930s nun pictures

Here's the last of the 1930s nun pictures... just two sheets! I think these may have been at the nunnery in Carondelet, or taken in the St. Louis area. One of the pictures looks like a first communion class photo, with the little girls all in white, and another is...

1930s First Communion Class Pics

1930s First Communion Class Pics

I'm not a Catholic, so not 100% sure, but I believe these are pictures of children on their First Communion ceremony. The little girls are all in white dresses with cloaks, hats, and veils. The little boys walking in a line and wearing ruffled tops and knickers....

Old Pictures of Nuns

Old Pictures of Nuns

Here are 8 pictures of nuns, from approximately the 1930s, and probably from the Carondelet St. Louis Missouri area. These seem relatively candid- in one picture the nuns are eating bread or something, with silly expressions, and in another they're posed with a dog....

1950s Wedding Photos

1950s Wedding Photos

These are the wedding photos of Mary who got married in the 1950s. She also gave me her mother's 1930s and grandmother's 1913 wedding pictures to digitize, which I previously posted. It provides an interesting glimpse into wedding fashions and wedding photography...

1912 Wedding Portrait

1912 Wedding Portrait

I can't refuse favors of scanning old photos for elderly ladies, especially when they let me also post about them. This is a photo of the woman's grandmother, who got married in about 1912. You can see that the bride is wearing a single strand of pearls, and has lace...

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