Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Turn it OVER! There's something on the BACK! August 2011

Very often, notations on the reverse of these found photographs are obscure or too brief or illegible. Most often there is nothing at all.

But now and then there is a message from the past that sparkles.

Back in March of 2009 LOST GALLERY had a full page of photographs and their very interesting reverse sides. There have been many new additions to the collection since then.

Here is a new group of those photographs with mysterious, funny and sometimes puzzling reverse sides; tiny bits of history, reaching out to us over the decades and sometimes centuries.

Girl in Jeweled dress
girl in jeweled dress reverse circa 1900

Ceballos 1030

(That's all I can do. Can someone else fill in the rest?)

Army Light Plane
Army Light Plane

To Joe & Lacy
always thinking
of you.
Jesse Wiley

Woman with Hat
Woman with Hat

With much love. Will write
when I can - have been sick-
Clance (or clana)
"Isn't she a beauty?"
20 Atlantic Street
Portland, W (or M)

Two precious packages

Two precious packages

The girls will get a belated package soon
if I can get it ready.

Easter Sun.
Dear Folks. You see Ersell
has her Easter bonnet. She
is sick today. Edgar has
been working this whole
railroad month since Mar. 27
Hope work keeps brisk for
a while. Haven't any garden
planted yet nor flowers either.
I can't accomplish anything
but I'm always doing something.
Having nice weather now.
Dean can't creep but can pull him
self up on his feet by taking our
hands. He is still good and
sweet as can be.

Mrs. A. F. Harrington
box 25
Benedict, Nebr

Cabinet Card portrait
Cabinet Card portrait reverse

Mabel Jane Miller died June 13 1901
age 23 yrs 6 mo's
She graduated in Class of '98

Cabinet Card portrait
Cabinet Card portrait reverse

July 1, 1895 So. Thompson
Yours truly
at 18 yrs.
Frank N. Tyler

Woman and baby
Woman and baby

Grace P. Johnson
Pauline Wildman

man and woman with hat.
man and woman with hat (reverse)

Dear Sister:- Will drop you
a line to let you know that
we are all well. Don't remember
I sent you one of these pictures
before or not. I received the
card you sent me of yourself.
I think you are getting to
about as big as Ethel. We
are doing our one work dev
eloping and printing. I will
send you a sample of it soon.
Harry Dunn - Rocky Okla - 6-27-12.

Miss Anna West
Santa Fe
% V. S. Indian School

Girl on Pony
Reverse  of Girl on a Pony

This is me on
a pony in front
of our house.
Notice my hump
shoulders. Send
me another
picture or you if
you can
(added at a different time: Married in '41)

CDV Mary Brown Sidney aged 23 mo.
CDV Mary Brown Sidney aged 23 mo. reverse

Browni Widney Brush

On the front:
Mary Brown Widney aged 23 mo

two girls and vines
Two girls in vines (reverse)

Helen Ronstadt
Sitting up in
the vines. Helen
Taken last
This gives you
a very good idea
of what they
are to each other.

(Helen is sitting in the vines AND standing?)

Four Babies
Four Babies

Papa I
am senting a snap of the
babies taken a
couple days ago.
(Illegible passage)
she got the

Merril, Jearld, Homer Lee and ---

Mr, J. W;
15th & Calhoun
Mohawk Hotel
Fort Worth

Two women reading note
two women reading note

Dear Minnie:- I am
Still expecting that
Long letter which you
Promised me last week.
We have taken up
our abode in Albra
So address me here.
This is me and my
pal Miss Edna. Have a
good time at the park for me.

Miss Minnie Pugh

Date from postage cancellation: August 5, 1908

Henry Edward Fraser

Henry Edward Fraser
of East Boston, Mass.
When in the Latin School.
One of Jessie Fraser Skinner's
four brothers - the youngest.

Two Swans in the Park

Just a brief note on this one: the date, July 7 - 1918

But think how that changes our viewing experience of the photograph. It was an old picture of two swans in a park.

Now it is a picture of two swans in a park around 100 years ago.

Two Swans in the Park

Can't get enough?
For more rescued photographs with something interesting on the back,

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group,
An album of the
most requested photographs
in the Lost Gallery.

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

Don't take my picture! Oh! 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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Cabinet Card Gallery
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
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THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery to us how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story, What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"

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