Vintage photo postcard dating
Rather than weigh into the controversy from an emotional slant, I thought it would be helpful to step back and take a look at the facts and details of what we know, and what we don't know about the background of this legendary image.In 1914 a vignetted image of a beautiful young woman boldly posed for the camera in a sheer gauze peignoir became popular.
The debate about the cover image escalated, reaching the popular press in the late 1990s. Ackerman notes the similarity to the early silent film publicity stills that he was familiar with and questions the attribution to the 1880s and the strength of the purported link to Josie Earp. Sotheby's April 8, 1998 sale, included a photograph labeled an anonymous picture, taken in 1914 and titled Kaloma, of a siren-like figure dressed in a sheer gown with a plunging neckline.
If you have any photos like those featured here, and would be willing to share them, it'd be great to hear from you.
All types and ages of cars, vans, trucks and public service vehicles (buses, coaches and taxis) now feature here, but this is very much a 'work in progress' section of the site, and it'll continue to be built up as I find more photographs to put on, and more get sent over to me.
One of the great rock poster designers of the time, Alton Kelley with Family Dog Productions in Haight Ashbury, made Kaloma the centerpiece of his classic concert poster for Vanilla Fudge and The Charles Lloyd Quartet at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco September 29 - October 1, 1967.
Kaloma was also popular as reprints of the original image were marketed, and Kelley's poster became popular as a "hippie" wall decor for years afterward., published by the University of Arizona Press.