Alternate Histories

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 9480 Sales


Alternate Histories

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 9480 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Welcome to Alternate Histories, Where the Past Comes Monstrously to Life. Impossible! Unbelievable! Fantastic! Purchase our book here: Order it here:


Last updated on Feb 5, 2017

Welcome to Alternate Histories, Where the Past Comes Monstrously to Life. Impossible! Unbelievable! Fantastic! Purchase our book here: Order it here:

Matthew Buchholz

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Matthew Buchholz

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Packaging cards for a wholesale order and listening to Otis Redding isn't a bad way to spend a Friday morning!


Making Monsters

My work began with a show at Wildcard in 2010, a great store in Pittsburgh (, where I had the inspiration to photoshop a gigantic monster into an old engraving of the city. Since then I've expanded with different cities, holiday & greeting cards, original works and more, all taking historic images and adding in something from a pop culture sci-fi background.

I've been fortunate enough to be able to travel to different cities selling my wares, and my work was recently featured as part of the Futur Anterier show at the agnes b. galerie du jour in Paris.

Each piece starts with the original image. I do a lot of online and flea market research to find interesting pieces, then I look for some monster, robot, alien or other creature that fits the style of the piece. I do all this in between dancing around the house with my dog, Otis.

Shop members

  • Matthew Buchholz

    Owner, Designer, Chief Curator Of Monstrous Anachronisms

    I grew up in Tucson, AZ, graduated from NYU, lived in Brooklyn for years and moved to Pittsburgh in 2008. I now combine my love of history and bad sci-fi movies into my art. I'm on the right in the picture.

Production partners

  • Jakprints

    Cleveland, OH

    Jakprints specializes in custom full-color offset printing, apparel printing/embroidery and sticker production.

  • North Shore Printers

    Chicago, IL

    North Shore Printers, Inc. is a certified women-owned, operated, controlled business and is the original, and at this time, the only union label printer in Lake County, Illinois.

  • Scout Books

    Portland, OR

    Scout Books uses recycled materials and soy-based into to print 32 page custom journals and booklets for a variety of clients.

  • The Pin People

    Spring Valley, NY

    The Pin People is a well-respected company, known for its unwavering commitment to superior quality and craftsmanship, and exceptional customer service., as well as a commitment to producing pins in the USA.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 21, 2012
Greetings and welcome to possibly the most important portal on the electronic roadway. For it is within this illuminated glowing rectangle that you may view and purchase items from our long-lost past. Photographic records from alternate universes and histories, where monsters and robots roamed the earth. A far cry from our prosaic, jet-pack-deprived life, you will surely agree. Behold - the past that never was!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
We accept payment via paypal, although in some cases will also accept checks. Emails us for more information.
The mighty arm of Alternate Histories knows no bounds! Be it shipped via postal courier, special delivery, tele-graph or intergalactic shuttle, our prints and greeting cards will be withheld by no-one.

Please be aware that while most prints ship out the next business day after they are ordered, some orders can take up to 5 business days to ship. All orders ship via United States Post Office.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds and exchanges will be dealt with by Voltar the Intolerant, who adheres to a strict policy that if proof of an item's damage is provided, we will happily provide a replacement. Exchanges are possible depending on availability of items.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcome as our inter-dimensional archivist are always uncovering new evidence of wonders from other cities and times. Please inquire via electric postal mail. Wholesale inquiries will be answered by Urno the Interested Party, or a suitable replacement.