Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One a Day - Day One

There are thousands of old photographs in the Lost Gallery collection. Some were purchased especially for their content or theme; others just came along with the acquisition of an album, or a bag full of unidentified ephemera.

Some of the photographs are recognized as treasure and are individually packaged in hard plastic slips or envelopes. Others are glued, several at a time to both sides of an album page. Some are packed tightly together like a deck of cards; others wander about loose in the bottom of a shoe box with dozens of others.

There are those included with friendship greeting cards. Tiny photo booth snaps turn up in diaries and yearbooks.

Occasionally a family historian recognizes their aunt or grandfather and wants the picture for their genealogy work. It is very gratifying to be able to return a photo to its family. The first question they ask is: “Where did you find it?”

Each group is filed according to where they were found and each photograph is tagged with the date it was scanned.

Many are scanned and grouped by subject on Flickr: Head and Shoulder Portraits, Children, The Beach and other subjects. On Lost Gallery the photographs are further sorted and presented by subject and content: Hats, A girl and Her Uniformed Man, Sitting on a Bumper, Aircraft and dozens of other groups.

It is entertaining to view a group of photographs of people all in the same pose or all doing the same thing. It is a curiosity to find four or five photographs that are completely unrelated except that they were taken at the same location.

Lost Gallery is presented Blog Style with new groupings and subjects added every month. The exception to the blog style is that back pages are updated with new finds in each posted subject. Re-visiting a page will often find new photographs in that subject.

Starting today Lost Gallery will be presenting a special month-long project.

This project will present a photograph each day showing the same number of people as the day of the month. For instance, on the tenth, there will be at least one photograph with ten people in it, on the fifteenth, fifteen people.

Since there are lots of photographs of just one person, presented here on the first day the month, are a dozen of the most popular in the collection.

At the beach  - white bikini
One Thousand Four Hundred visits.

The photograph below has been visited more than
on Flickr. Why? The girl is unknown. But the car is a rather scarce one.
It's a 1942 Chrysler.
NO cars were made the following three years ...

1942 Chrysler - Bonnie Blinked Giving serious consideration.
More than 1,200 visits. What is the story?

In the Black Two Piece The photograph above was discovered only a couple years ago but already it has gathered almost THREE THOUSAND visits.
I have no idea why; there's no car in the picture at all!
Dee (circa 1965)
This one has been visited over two thousand times.
Nude at bath...
This charming photograph of a child
has been visited two thousand times.
The back yard photo.
This wallet worn photograph of a sweetheart
has been visited two thousand times.
Honor Knightly
This lovely photograph has been visited
more than 1,600 times
Now I can understand this one.
That's a 1929 Essex!
It's been viewed more than fifteen hundred times.
Birthday girl in bathing suit
This one is part of a set of found-negatives. They capture birthdays of this girl from one through seventeen. Although it was added only in 2006 it has had more than 1600 visitors.
1,300 visits.
Laura - another time, another place,          but here, now.
1,300 visits

Don't take my picture! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School Here is the beautiful Dee. A curious story is told through her pictures. What do you see?

Places More about "Where" Than "Who" Downtown Theater Places to go. Places to avoid.

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh Do you sometimes look at a picture and think "What are they doing?" "What's going on here?"

Parties Parades and Picnics Parade. 1960 There was always something going on. Just like now...

NEW! A fine collection of photographs and their very informative reverse sides!
Dad's girl Turn it over! There's something on the back!


  1. Always a pleasure to come here and view the latest. Great idea on onesie twosie ;^)

  2. Thanks WWW. The series was a lot of work and took a couple weeks in July to assemble. Good photographs with enough people in them got kind of scarce in the higher numbers.



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