Thursday, September 23, 2010


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.

For this month Lost Gallery is presenting a special month-long project.

This project presents at least one 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.

And now it's the Twenty-Third! Here are photographs with exactly TWENTY-THREE People.

The examples are getting scarcer!

First and second grade combination
23 women

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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