Strange Vintage Christmas Cards

December 17th, 2015

Strange Vintage Christmas Cards - Awkward Galleries

Thank you to Robert E. Jackson for passing along this Slate piece from Jon Feinstein, a Seattle- and New York City–based curator, co-founder of Humble Arts Foundation, and the strategic partnerships manager at Shutterstock.

Robert E. Jackson has spent almost 20 years building a collection of nearly 12,000 vernacular photographs, mainly from the 1920s through the late ’60s, with a particular eye for the strange and uncanny. His expertly hand-picked photos have drawn attention largely for their ability to transcend nostalgia with what he describes as “pure photographic moments.” These moments range from accidental lens flares to unrelated visual commonalities. “Pure photography,” Jackson told me in a Humble Arts Foundation interview earlier this year, “was a name I coined for those images which didn’t really fit into any category—which seemed to be abstract objects. They didn’t tell an obvious story.” Within these pictures, Jackson is drawn to the transparency of mistakes, and their ability to elevate sentimental documents into art. Unlike Instagram, which could be considered a contemporary vehicle for the snapshot, these visual anomalies came from a lack of control that social media enables us to have today. Re-contextualizing these “pure photographs” helps Jackson and viewers to “appreciate the beauty of the photo as an object divorced from narrative and lifestyle.”

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Merry Christmas, Mom

December 17th, 2015

Merry Christmas, Mom - Christmas

“My daughter made this at school for me. I believe that the teacher made an epic fail when telling my daughter what words to hold up for the photo.”

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A Thong For Christmas

December 17th, 2015

A Thong For Christmas - Christmas

“My cousin’s Christmas card from last year.”

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The Plight Of The Youngest Child

December 17th, 2015

The Plight Of The Youngest Child - Kids

“My buddy grew up with older sisters. Poor guy.”

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The F Word

December 17th, 2015

The F Word - Christmas

“Set the camera on self timer to take a family picture. I told every to just be themselves. Baby boy stuck his fingers in his nose, older sister did her thing, and then the five year old held up her middle finger. Had no clue she did that until I was editing them. Asked her what it meant and she said ‘the f word.’ I asked her what the f word was. She whispered fat. I’m pretty sure I heard the hallelujah chorus that that was her ‘f word.’”

One Way To Dress For Your Birthday

December 16th, 2015

One Way To Dress For Your Birthday - Babies

“Celebrating my son’s first birthday…”

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December 16th, 2015

Cheeky! - Christmas

“Sixty-five-year-old Mom’s ugly Christmas sweater.”

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