Collecting old photographs occupies an interesting niche in the hobby, with many passionate believers. In not only the music world but in all entertainment, collectors relish having old photographs that were actually printed at the time the photo was taken, or within about five years, which is termed “vintage.”
Also, here at postercentral.com we’re always on the hunt for old photographs – in any form, even from magazines – that show old concert posters in their original setting: posted somewhere to sell tickets. It’s a great thrill to run across those from the 1960s on back, and we’d love to see any examples that you might have.
And then there are just good old-fashioned candids and amateur “snapshots,” especially unpublished ones. Whether they were taken on stage or off, these photos can exude a feeling of fandom and “being there” that professional photographs don’t convey. We don’t have any unpublished candids/amateurs from 1920-1970 to display yet, but we’re hoping somebody will submit some soon (credit will be given, of course).
Click on each image or caption below to see larger images and more explanation. And remember, I pay top dollar for vintage photographic prints of musicians spanning the half-century of 1920-1970.