SunshineVintagePhoto

Austin, Texas On Etsy since 2011

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SunshineVintagePhoto

Austin, Texas | 11,210 Sales

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Announcement    Authentic Original Vintage Snapshots Found Photos Vernacular Photography

$2.75 ships an unlimited amount of photos in the same order.

We ship by USPS First Class Mail in a sturdy, cardboard mailer and provide you with a tracking number.

Snapshots taken by amateur photographers often result in unexpected details, double exposures, unintended cropping, tilted horizons or the shadow of the photographer. Some of the unplanned compositions can be strikingly beautiful and sophisticated. Or surprisingly funny!

As you browse through our shop, you'll start to see patterns in poses and facial expressions. People liked to hide in the bushes, lean on one another's shoulders and perch on rocks. Vintage photos often feature pride of ownership. Men, women and children pose on cars, front porches and model their new clothes. Backgrounds are often as interesting as the subjects. Many of the towns and cities were no more than an empty street with telephone poles in the distance. These elements are what make viewing and collecting vintage photos so interesting and just plain fun!

Need a gift idea? Take a vintage snapshot, scan it and have it printed on a t-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag….the sky's the limit! You'll find many sites on the internet that provide this service; major chain drugstores, office supply stores or companies that specialize in printing tees, coffee mugs, postage stamps, etc.

Or chose a pretty frame and add a vintage photo from the Victorian era. This makes a lovely gift for someone who appreciates the past. And don't forget the Roaring Twenties! Flapper fashions are fabulous.

Photos of classic and antique cars are great for the guys! They might remind him of the car Grandad used to drive.

Vintage photos can also be used to make unique and fun greeting cards. Give your creative side free rein!

SHIPPING INFO

///// Shipping is $2.75 for the first photo. Additional photos in the same order ship free. Only multiple items in the same order qualify for combined shipping. //////

Each photo is packaged in an individual, acid-free sleeve that's larger than the photo. A minimum of tape is used. This allows for easy removal of the photo. As a collector, I know it's no fun trying to remove a fragile, valuable photo from an envelope with lots of tape.

The photos are then placed in a rigid cardboard mailer with a tear strip for easy opening. Each order will have a tracking number. We are not responsible for lost or damaged photos. Insurance and Priority Mail are available on request.

///// At this time, I am unable to reserve photos. /////

If I can be of any assistance or if you have any questions, please use the Contact Link on our shop home page or the Ask a Question link on any listing. Thank you for visiting!

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 28, 2019

Authentic Original Vintage Snapshots Found Photos Vernacular Photography

$2.75 ships an unlimited amount of photos in the same order.

We ship by USPS First Class Mail in a sturdy, cardboard mailer and provide you with a tracking number.

Snapshots taken by amateur photographers often result in unexpected details, double exposures, unintended cropping, tilted horizons or the shadow of the photographer. Some of the unplanned compositions can be strikingly beautiful and sophisticated. Or surprisingly funny!

As you browse through our shop, you'll start to see patterns in poses and facial expressions. People liked to hide in the bushes, lean on one another's shoulders and perch on rocks. Vintage photos often feature pride of ownership. Men, women and children pose on cars, front porches and model their new clothes. Backgrounds are often as interesting as the subjects. Many of the towns and cities were no more than an empty street with telephone poles in the distance. These elements are what make viewing and collecting vintage photos so interesting and just plain fun!

Need a gift idea? Take a vintage snapshot, scan it and have it printed on a t-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag….the sky's the limit! You'll find many sites on the internet that provide this service; major chain drugstores, office supply stores or companies that specialize in printing tees, coffee mugs, postage stamps, etc.

Or chose a pretty frame and add a vintage photo from the Victorian era. This makes a lovely gift for someone who appreciates the past. And don't forget the Roaring Twenties! Flapper fashions are fabulous.

Photos of classic and antique cars are great for the guys! They might remind him of the car Grandad used to drive.

Vintage photos can also be used to make unique and fun greeting cards. Give your creative side free rein!

SHIPPING INFO

///// Shipping is $2.75 for the first photo. Additional photos in the same order ship free. Only multiple items in the same order qualify for combined shipping. //////

Each photo is packaged in an individual, acid-free sleeve that's larger than the photo. A minimum of tape is used. This allows for easy removal of the photo. As a collector, I know it's no fun trying to remove a fragile, valuable photo from an envelope with lots of tape.

The photos are then placed in a rigid cardboard mailer with a tear strip for easy opening. Each order will have a tracking number. We are not responsible for lost or damaged photos. Insurance and Priority Mail are available on request.

///// At this time, I am unable to reserve photos. /////

If I can be of any assistance or if you have any questions, please use the Contact Link on our shop home page or the Ask a Question link on any listing. Thank you for visiting!

Miss Ellen

Contact shop owner

Miss Ellen

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About SunshineVintagePhoto

Sales 11,210
On Etsy since 2011

Who Is That Person?

There’s a poem by Stephen Berg titled “Stolen Photo”. He was inspired to write it after running across an old photo of himself as a boy.

The first line goes like this:
“Who was that boy sitting cross-legged on gray grass
in shorts and tank top, hands folded in his lap?”

Have you ever looked at an old snapshot of yourself (or today, a digital image) and wondered who is that? Who were you when the photo was taken? How did you feel about your family, friends, what was happening at that exact moment and, basically, your life.

As collectors, we can spin a narrative for each photo we purchase. I often wonder how these photos ended up at an estate sale or antique store. Didn’t anyone related to these people want the memories? Apparently, not. Maybe their friends or relatives didn’t have an interest or the room to store them. I always cringe when I think about the photos that may have been thrown away. It's up to us to become caretakers of the past.

On another note, there’s an argument to be made for collecting comical or outright funny and weird snapshots. I’d also make a case for photos that can be called “accidental art”. Amateur photographers most likely didn’t set out to create an artistic composition, think about light or shadows or utilize the rule of thirds. These photos are some of my favorites.

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy looking at the photos in our shop. We’ll keep searching.

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  • Miss Ellen

    Owner

    Vintage photo collector with personal interests in the Victorian Era (tiny corseted waists and big hats!), as well as black & white Polaroids and color SX-70 prints.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 5, 2019
Sunshine Vintage Photo offers original vintage photos, not copies or reproductions. Occasionally, we will list vintage souvenir or tourist photos that have been manufactured for purchase by the general public. If so, this information will be explicitly stated in the description.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
While we do not generally offer refunds, we want you to be pleased with your purchase. In the event you have a problem with a transaction, please let us know as soon as possible. We will work with you to resolve the issue.
Payment
We accept
$ Credit Cards
$ PayPal
$ Etsy Gift Cards
Shipping
Shipping is $2.75 for the first photo.

Additional photos in the same order ship free in the same package.

For example: one item in one order incurs a shipping fee of $2.75.

///// Multiple items in one order qualify for combined shipping. To receive combined shipping, multiple items must be in one order. /////

Photos are packaged in an acid-free sleeve and shipped in a rigid mailer. Photos are shipped within 1-2 business days by USPS First Class Mail.

We choose an acid free sleeve that's larger than the photo and use a minimum of tape. This allows for easy removal of the photo. As a collector, I realize it's no fun trying to remove a fragile, valuable photo from an envelope with lots of tape. Your photos are then shipped in a rigid, cardboard mailer with a tear strip. Each order has a tracking number.

Etsy will send you a confirmation email when the item is shipped. The email will include the tracking number. This information enables you to track your item directly to your location. You can access the tracking information from your Etsy account or the USPS website. While we are not responsible for lost or damaged items, we will work with you to resolve the issue.

//// At this time, I am unable to reserve items. ////
Additional policies and FAQs
All of our photos are original, not reproductions. They may have creases, smudges, writing and/or photo album paper on the reverse. Please use the zoom feature to take a close look and contact me if you have any question.