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.
After a little research this is my own speculation as to the identities of the people in the portrait.
Uncle Gilbert & Aunt Eneree
Made by the man on the street.
Here's proof we went to
Church Easter Sunday
April 13, 1941
J. S. & Ethel
Including black album page backing cropped from portrait side.
"een lookin" is probably a caption for a photo just above that is no longer there. It probably has nothing to do with the photo on the reverse side of the page.
Partial photo apparently sacrificed to trim out the photo booth portrait on the other side of the page.
Aunt Minnie Bigford
J. A. Wilson
Over First National Bank
I tried a landscape but it wouldn't
I took this on top of Dean Hill
overlooking our village and the Test
Valley but camera too small
This is the Cricketers Arms Public
House on Lockerly Green, I had my
photo taken outside this on the green
50 years ago and I have still got it.
I stopped at this pub several times
Its on Lockerly Green next to
Pleasant View my dream house.
It is over 50 years ago my brother & I used to have to
sit on this bridge to keep the pigs in the meadows
there was no tree there then, this is the river Test and
father had the meadows on both sides for nearly a mile
notice the tall steel tower erected recently to carry the
high power electric wires, these go clear through to
Bristol and I suppose electric light will eventually
be available in Lockerley and in fact all villages
along where these pylons are erected. times change
even in the villages, that tree makes me feel old
there was no sign of it when I sat there in summer
holidays, minding the pigs and cows. Rob
Emma Stevens Lane(?) Wood
On one sunday
We were so happy
talking about our old sweethearts 1910
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Don't take my picture!
Oh! You DID didn't you!
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It is always a mystery
how a photograph of any
of these precious children
could end up lost
Here are a few.
You will probably say
"Ooh..." at least once.