Sunday, August 26, 2012

Turn It OVER! There's something on the back! August 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.

Cabinet Card family of six (W/ID)

Cabinet Card Family Portrait

After a little research this is my own speculation as to the identities of the people in the portrait.

On reverse:
Uncle Gilbert & Aunt Eneree
& Children

Itinerant Street Photographer

Itinerant Street Photographer

On reverse:
Made by the man on the street.
Here's proof we went to
Church Easter Sunday
April 13, 1941
J. S. & Ethel

Itinerant Street Photographer

Itinerant Street Photographer

On reverse:
Emma ice
Ft. Worth visiting
Dawn Towner
Ft Worth

Photobooth pair

Reverse of photobooth pair

een lookin

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.

Photobooth Woman

Written on black album paper below picture: "At 24 Years"

Reverse of "at 24 yrs"

Partial photo apparently sacrificed to trim out the photo booth portrait on the other side of the page.

CDV woman with high collar

CDV woman with high collar reverse

On reverse:
Aunt Minnie Bigford
Ottawa, Il.

J. A. Wilson
Ottawa, Ill
Over First National Bank

Cabinet Card woman and stool

Reverse of CDV woman with high collar

On reverse:
Myrtle Mason
Mt Morris Ill

High school Basketball

High school Basketball

On reverse:
Audrey Jo
Coleene Downs
1945-46 Sophomore
Hollis High School



on reverse:
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


House (reverse)

On Reverse:
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.
Christmas 1934



Bridge (reverse)

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

Two girls in a field
Two girls in a field

Emma Stevens Lane(?) Wood
On one sunday
We were so happy
talking about our old sweethearts 1910

Itinerant photographer
itinerant trio reverse

December 1st 1932, snapped on the
West cliff esplanade Bournemouth England
on one of the most beautiful sunny days
ever known in this country at any time,
clear bright day, sea calm as a mill pond
Ladies all wore coats but men carried theirs
many like myself did not have any.
your loving Rob

CDV portrait of woman

CDV portrait of woman

On reverse:
Mrs M E Groves
Mansfield Tex
2 1/2 N W on(?) an R. R.
Do not shade too much

(and perhaps:)
Annie F
(and perhaps rotated 180 degrees:)
P (?)

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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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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