Friday, November 15, 2013

Turn it Over! There's Something On The Back! - November 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 just glows in its discovery and challenges the imagination

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.

Man in uniform
Man in uniform

On Reverse:
Glynn belongs to the Kansas
National Guards and this is a
picture of him in his uniform

The Catcher

On the reverse:
Dear Virgie I will
send you for a
birtday card one
the finest boys
that ever was hio
you will have way

Miss Virgie Nichols
Camden, Ill

Loren Kesler

Date stamped Dec 2, 1910

Woman at Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock

On reverse:
Mildred (Wood)
Chimney Rock, NC

CDV man with heartburn

On reverse:
Fredericks and Co.
179 Fifth Aveenue
Madison Square
New York
And a really difficult name in pencil.
Any suggestions?

Cabinet Card baby
Cabinet Card baby

Cabiner Card reverse
This was scrawled on the reverse in pencil. I almost missed it as the marks are the same color as the card. The scanner wouldn't pick it up. I was able to set a light to reflect just right on the surface so I could photograph the message.

All I can make out is the last group which says "1904". What does the rest say?

As someone suggested, it looks as if it were written with a foot.

Baby in Smock
Baby in Smock

On reverse: .
Vera Compton.
Little sack for Victor.
Grandma Trard 1/2.
and Geo. & Mattie 1/2.
Vera Compton.
Aunt Myrtles girl

Four children
Four children

On reverse:
Aug 1926
L to R
Virginia Ray
Marjorie Kittell
Doris " "
Richard Ray

Girl and Dog
Girl and Dog

On reverse:
Daddy's and
Mother's Baby Doll
age 7
Ruby Rice

RPPC Two Girls
Two girls

On Reverse:
Adelle Barron
MayBell Alirer(?)

Standing on a chair
Standing on a chair

On Reverse:
Alice Waddell

Cabinet Card couple
Cabinet Card couple

On reverse:
Mr. & Mrs John Howard Akins.
Mrs. Akins was my mothers
Aunt or Grand Mother Nance's

Two Children
Two Children

On Reverse:
Harold & Bernal
Jons son's of
Will Jones (Brother of scott Jones)

CDV couple
CDV couple reverse

This is a printed message on the reverse of a CDV. It's not the usual scrawl added by owner or descendnts. It's something the photographer felt strongly about.

J. F. Weber & Bro.,
Erie, - Penn'a
Portraits, views Machines, Models, Ster-
eoscopic Views, Copying and all kids of
Photographing done.
Pictures finished in Ink, crayoon, oil, o
Water Colors.
All Negatives numbered and preserved.
Additional copies of this or all pictures at re
duced rates.
Constantly on hand an assortment of Oval
and Square Frames.
All orders by mail or otherwise promptly
attended to.
Do not trust your pictures out of town, to
be copied, to traveling photograph bummers,
who make great promises and generally de-
liver very poor work.

two women in gaucho pants and lurker
two women in gaucho pants and lurker

On reverse:
Dear Sister:- I sent your
pinecones, ets. yesterday.
Mistletoe should be kept
in a cold room until Xmas
I sent enough cones so you
can give Opal some for her
tree, if she has one. She
might like them anyway.
Picture on the
(upside down)
Love to all - Maude.
and things I sent you.
I guess you know which
is me. Marion wasn't
supposed to be in this
one. Hope you are all-
We are. Must go to depot
now to meet Marie. 7P.M. train

Miss Helen Rons---
125 S 9th
Arkansas C(ity)

Two women in a field
20130323 antiques II gladewater two in a field rev

This was typed and glued on over whatever was written directly on the reverse of the print. I can't make out what was there before.

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?"


  1. I see Mr. 5th Ave. as Irwin Westewell or Nestewell. The baby in the garden may have a name in a language not English. Maybe Scandinavian.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. That's what I guessed too. I tried both names and several other combinations in and didn't turn up anything that fit with age and location.
      Fredricks & Co., photographer, 179 Fifth Ave., Madison Square, New York, NY, was in operation from 1861 thru1868 (estimated dates) . The only one I could turn up that matched that name fairly close was born about 1878 which eliminates that one as a possibility.



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