Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sepia Saturday - What Is Going On Here?

A Sepia Saturday Suggestion

Ha! One of my favorite catagories!

JUST WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? This title has been part of the LOST GALLERY since the beginning.

Sometimes a little study will bring about a suggestion of a possible answer. But often it remains just a mystery. Of a rescued photograph we usually ask, "Who are these people?" or "Where is this?" Some even ask "What was the reason for this photograph?" But here are a few that when anyone sees them the first question is: "What is going on here?"

Just what is going on here?

What's going on here?
What is going on here?
What is going on here?
What is going on here?

Really out on a limb
Group doing something
What's so funny?
Hm ...

Little Angels gone Lala
Cliff hanger!
Good catch!

SO! You dare to cross my path again!
They called themselves a Quartet
Drinking in public
Bee Sting?

Field trip at the loony bin
Field trip at the loony bin
grass skirt

Oh no.
Lonnie Foster, Durant, OK

Yard play
Chauncie wakes the neighbors.

WW1 boys doing something
Hildegarde only knew one trick

Cynthia was cold.
All things considered
One day in the western part of North Dakota ...

Costumed girls
Mom and toes 01
Two girls on the steps

Me Tarzan
Man in the woods

Frolic in the Park 361

Up a tree
Jo Jo, the monk '39
In a tree

The Operation

And saving my favorite for last, here is one that really makes you ask,
"What is going on here?"

And in this case, "Why do they all look so guilty?"

Oh, Okay, Okay. I've got two favorites. Here's the other one. I have no idea what is going on with this pair either."


Or maybe you'd prefer just a list of all (well, most) of the categories and subjects and album pages in LOST GALLERY! Well, here it is!

A to C

Advance to the Rear The Rear View
Aircraft – Biplanes
Aircraft – Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Aliens and Mystery – Area Fifty-One and a Half
Animals – Gone to the Chickens
Animals – The Pets by themselves
Animals – Posing on a Pony
Area Fifty-One and a Half – Don’t Look Now
Automobiles – Car Bumpers
Automobiles – Car Running Boards
Baby Buggy
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 01)
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (page 02)
Beach – The Old Days
Beach – The Slide Show
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Cabinet Cards
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
Chair, Fringed
Chair, One Armed
Chickens - Gone to the Chickens
Children – Boys in Dresses
Children – A Child on the Front Steps
Children - Girls and their Dolls
Children – Kid in a Tub
Children – Mobile Toys
Children - On Running Boards
Children – Slide Show
Children – Trios - In groups of Three
Christmas – in found photographs
Cities – Unknown Street Scenes
Class Pictures – School Days!
Clothing – Bows
Clothing – Costumes
Clothing – Cowboy Outfits
Clothing – Boys in Dresses
Clothing – Furs – The Dead Animal Society
Clothing – Grass Skirts
Clothing – Hats
Clothing – Jodhpurs
Clothing – Saddle Shoes
Clothing – Sailor Tailored Fashion
Clothing – Swimwear – At the Beach
Clothing – Uniforms – Girl & her Guy in Uniform
Clothing – Uniforms - Our Man at the Front
Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Couples – A Girl and her Guy in Uniform
Fake Fight

C to P

Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – One Armed Chair
Furniture and Props – Props and Backdrops
Furniture and Props – The Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – Wicker
Girl in a Boat
Girlfriend and the Car
Girlfriend at the beach
Goat Cart
Gone to the Chickens – Snaps including a chicken
Grass Skirt Gallery
Groups – Chain Chain Chain – People lined up
Groups – Class Pictures
Hats – Where everyone is wearing a hat
Hats – Really Big hats
Homes – We Call it Home
House – Our House
Itinerant Street Photographer
Itinerant Child Photographer With PONY!
Laundry – People and Clothes Lines
Music – Trombones
Music Makers
Novelty Photo Booth – Collection
Novelty Photo Booth – Examination
The Office Typewriters and business
On a Bumper
On a Car
On a Rock
On a Running Board
One-Armed Chair
Parade – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Parties – Parties, Parades and Picnics
People Stacks
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page One)
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page Two)
Personal Pinups – Girlfriend at the beach
Pets – The animals by themselves
Photo Mask
PhotoBombing – Pranks to ruin a photo
Photography – Photographs containing a camera
Photography – The Photo Mask
Photography – Tinted Photograph
Photography – Polaroids
Photography Errors – Lurker
Photography Errors – photographer's Shadow
Photography Errors – The Double Exposure
Photography Errors – Unauthorized Photographs
Picnics – Parties, Parades and Picnics
Places to Go - More about where than who.
Places – Our House - With people in front
Places – We Call it Home - More houses
Pony – Posing on a Pony

P to W

Poses – Advance to the Rear!
Poses - Belly Down, Heads Up! (A really odd pose.)
Poses – Cheesecake
Poses – Fake Fight
Poses – Girl in a Boat
Poses – In a Tree
Poses – Kid in a Tub
Poses – On a Bumper
Poses – On a Car
Poses – On a Pony
Poses – On a Running Board
Poses – Out Sitting on a Rock
Poses – People with Signs.
Poses – Personal Pinup
Poses – The Rear View
Poses – Sleeping people
Poses – Stacks of People People on People
Props and Backdrops
Rock – People out sitting on a rock
Running Boards - Automobiles
Running Boards with Children
Saddle Shoes
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sleeping People
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
Tinted Photograph
Toys – Children and their Mobile Toys
Toys - Girls and their Dolls
Transportation – Aircraft
Transportation – Automobile Bumpers
Transportation – Automobile Running Boards
Transportation – Baby Buggy
Transportation – Biplanes
Transportation – Lockheed Constellation
Transportation – Wheelbarrow
Tree Thing
Types of Photographs – Cabinet Cards
Types of Photographs – CDV (Carte-de Viste)
Types of Photographs – Photobooth
Types of Photographs – Polaroids
Types of Photographs – Tintypes
Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Unauthorized Photographs – Sneaky snaps
Uniformed Man – Our Man at the Front
Vehicles – Biplane
Vehicles – Lockheed Constellation
Vehicles – Wheelbarrow
Washday Blues – Of Love and Laundry
Wicker Chairs
Wicker Furniture
World War One


  1. Not sure where to start, you have so many images this week, but I do like the Sheik or Araby.

  2. You've certainly got almost every sub-genre of "That's Odd" covered here! Funny how similar photos can be when people are being silly. My favorites are the woman being strangled by the well and the old man on the tricycle.

  3. Thanks Brett Payne. It’s my favorite category. I had lots to choose from.

    Thanks Mike Brubaker. Yes, the snapshots of people acting up are the funniest.

  4. It's the guy on the trike with the teddy bear (?), hands down! Great selection -- I'm laughing out loud!

  5. Puzzlement and laughter! I don't know what else to say.

  6. Thanks Deb Gould. I am glad you had a good laugh. I always watch for the funny snaps. Some people just automatically act up when they see a camera.

    Thanks Kathy Morales. There are some strange goings-on in this set.

  7. I should have guessed that you would have a great collection of the odd and unusual. Loads of great photos - it's a treat to look through them.

  8. An odd selection, or a selection of oddness? That's a mouthful!!

  9. Thanks Alan Burnett. That is the objective of LOST GALLERY: to categorize collections of abandoned photographs. “What is going on here” is a favorite collection. Glad you enjoyed them.

    Thanks TICKLEBEAR. Yes it is. A sorted assembly of strange scrapped snapshots.

  10. That was such a great selection of odd photos. I have some similar photos so it must be true that people like to photograph similar "funny" pics.
    Thanks for the laugh. Oh, my favorite is the man in the grass skirt. It was hard to pick a favorite, but he's just so darn incongruous.

  11. Thanks Nancy. The grass skirt is an odd one all right. And like you I have found people have favorite poses: in a tree, the fake fight and so on. One I find often is in the group I call "Chain Chain Chain" where everyone in the picture is doing the same thing.

  12. OMG, what a collection of wackadoodle photographs!!!! I am looking at these while at work and am literally trying to not laugh out loud! There is one in particular that I am wondering how if ever made it through the developing process. Hysterical!

  13. Thanks Theresa. I have been collecting these a long time. Usually the more embarrassing ones don't even make it home from the photo lab. But as you can see, some do.



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