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About Retro Snapshots

Retro Snapshots is committed to providing the best selection and quality of old and hard to find photographs and vintage posters.

Our approach is simple: we find the very best photos and memorabilia available to us and offer it to you at a reasonable rate. If we wouldn't hang it on our walls, in our office or restaurant, we don't sell it.

Our History

Retro Snapshots is a small company that was born out of a love of photography, art and, of all things, eBay.

The company's roots date back to the late 1990s when I began buying and selling things on eBay. A friend of mine talked me into going to an auction one day. With a small bit of knowledge on antiques, I bought some old toy train sets and fishing lures. The items I bought at auction I subsequently listed on eBay and proceeded to triple my money. I was instantly hooked. I kept going to more and more auctions, and bought and sold more and more stuff.

One day, I came across a huge collection of old photographs and negatives. Instead of selling the photos and negatives, I thought scanning them, retouching and selling them as a repeatable product would be a way to start a retail business.

With my experience in the web development industry, I began creating an ecommerce store. Over time, I have acquired more and more old photos, posters and panoramics. Retro Snapshots now sells more than 5000 products, available in sizes from 5x7 to 24x36.

Museum Quality Art Prints

Our photos and posters are digital giclee prints on high quality, professional printers using the latest technology in archival inks and paper. Our prints are taken from the original negative when available; otherwise they are taken from a high quality scan of the original print that is then digitally enhanced and re-touched to take out blemishes, scratches and tears.

Our Process


Our photos are handpicked from a variety of sources; images are cleaned up by adjusting contrast, color, saturation, and removing as many blemishes as we can without interfering with the integrity of the original image.


All printing is done on-site in Louisville, Kentucky. This enables us to control costs, quality and delivery.


We have selected expensive museum quality archival paper for our prints. 5x7 prints are printed on Moab Lasal Semi-Matte paper. Our larger sizes are printed on high quality 10.4ML semi-gloss or luster paper that is much thicker than what you get from mass produced photos and posters you see at other discount art and photography stores.

Our Guarantee

If you are unsatisfied with the quality of your print, return it to us within 10 days of delivery and you will be issued a full refund.

To all of you, from all of us at Retro Snapshots - Thank you and Happy eCommerce!

Paul Conn
Owner & eCommerce Manager