Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Turn it over - There's something on the back - April 2013

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.


On reverse:
Taken in May sure was
so hot I sunning my legs
Those are geraniums all along
the patio

Baby in chair

On Reverse
This is
Clyde when
he was 8 months
old I guess I never
sent you any before

Short Pants
Short Pants

On reverse:
Lizzie these are
for you
Mother is getting
along fine

Cabinet Card
Cabinet Card

On Reverse:
Lester & Laurence Emery


On Reverse:
James P Hampton on
the left weight 19 lbs
Edwin Horton Hampton
on the right weighs 19 1/2 lbs
- - At 6 months old
Twins born April 28th 1887
Sons of
Mr and Mrs W. B. Hampton
Huntsville, Ala

With all this information available I was able to locate and return this lovely photograph to the family historian in the twins' family tree.

Three in a tree
Three in a tree

On reverse:
Edgar Homer &
Lem Maurear

Two guys

On Reverse
Pierre, SD 1946
Bus and
Lived in a
little trailer
at station (gas)
in Pierre

Two guys

So happy to be here!
So happy to be here!

On the reverse:
August 1, 1966
Jeffrey 6 months
old Uncle Frank
August 1, 1965

Girl on a bridge
Girl on a bridge (reverse)

On the reverse:
Estella Getting Gestro
Gastes (not at all sure about this part.)
The Decapitation of
Dangerous Dan

Two women and an airplane

On reverse:
This is Peggy
& I after we
came down
from our air-
plane ride
This is the
plane we
went up in.
August 1942

Two women and an airplane

Early Flying Machine

On reverse:
"Pappy" #19
Herman August Clasen
Circa 1919
Presented to me
by his son Rich Clasen
Chicago Area
born in Chicago Ill
in 1889

Early Flying Machine


On reverse:
May ,43
Highway to Algiers
is lined on both
sides like this.

RPPC man in uniform
RPPC man in uniform
reverse of Man in Uniform

On Reverse:
Leslie Thompson
M(?) Ethel Shiphouse
Texas in S A. (or maybe U. S. A.)
R;an. L.
(But it could be something else entirely)

Two sailors

on reverse:
Sefton in

Two sailors reverse

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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