Monday, February 20, 2012

Turn it OVER! There's Something on the Back! February 2012

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.

Hi ya, big boy!

Hi ya

On reverse:
This is me
It was last
after I
started to

windy day
windy day

On reverse:
C 5594
1614 Dallas Ave.

Dickengs TX (Dickens)

Irene and LuElla

Irene and LuElla

On reverse:
Hello my dear
Uncle Otto, I am
sending you a
picture of us girls
they aren't very nice
but the best I've taken yet
from your loving
niece Luella and Irene
Otto Pankratz
Tyrone, Okla.

Fun in the park

Fun in the park

On reverse:
Nona Re
(Could be several other things too)

Two boys in a goat cart

Two boys in a goat cart

Earon & Kile

I did a search on for an Ellis family in the early 1900's that had brothers Aaron and Kyle who lived in Texas where I found the photograph.

Here is what I found.

Kyle Ellis was born Feb. 20, 1907 and Aaron Edwin Ellis was born May 22, 1904. I would put Kyle at about 6 years old in the picture so that would date it at about 1913-14.

They were two of 11 children born to John Allen Ellis and Priscilla Ruth (Glasscock) Ellis. They lived in and around Menard, Texas most of their lives.

Seated Man cabinet card Two copies of this Cabinet Card were found.
Seated Man cabinet card reverse
This is the reverse of the copy at the left.

On reverse:
Mr Dee Mackin
age 19 year old
He is very good
looking. He is
some short.

Seated Man trimmed card This is the reverse of the other copy.
This Cabinet Card had the bottom trimmed off.

On reverse:
Mr. Franklin Dee Mackin
Born in Ark. August 12 1880
This picture belongs
Mamma Mackin

For better eyes
Banner is the
bye Word. (Well what do YOU think is says?)

Two Children
Two Children reverse

On reverse:
Magee Bowen

Here's what I found: Candice Bowen was born in 1916. Her older brother Magee was born in 1913. They are two of four children born to Lindsey Lee Bowen and Ota May Jeffus.

If Candice is five here, that makes the photograph in 1910 or 1911.

Woman and two girls

Woman and two girls REVERSE

On reverse:
Martin Stasny
7 mi sw-on Barton
- S ville-
1 mi N Church
on 99 +

Theresa & Mary
Grandma Stansy

Two Children

Two Children (reverse)

On the reverse:
Dear Grandma
William Stirling 7 yrs 6 mos
Olivia Stirling 3 yrs 3 mos

I did a little research on this one.
Here is what I found: William Stirling was born in 1895, his sister in 1898. Their father was Dr. William C. Stirling (1847-1937) and their mother was Fannie L. (Smith) Stirling (1865-1925)

This photograph was probably taken in 1892.

Anyone have a carrot?

Baby on donkey reverse

Come to see me
This is Kenneth
How is yourself &
everyone? What
is the matter with
Gertrude that
she never ans. any
of my letters
3412 Brooklyn

Portrait of a man

Portrait of a man

Cabinet Card
On reverse:
Return to
Mr. Charles Armstrong
Mechanicsburg, PA

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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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THE KIDS Lesson one.
It is always a mystery 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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