Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sepia Saturday - The Floods

This Sepia Saturday Suggestion seems to be about floods and flood damage

So today for Sepia Saturday, lets look through the back pages at LOST GALLERY and see if what we can find on the subject of floods.

But first, here's a picture of my brother and a playmate from our neighborhood. They are on a makeshift raft floating a few feet from our front porch during the 1951 flood in Salina, Kansas.

1950 flood

Quite coincidentally, these next four photographs turned up last year in a found batch. They are all labeled on the reverse as "Ottawa, Kansas Flood 1951" which would have been the same flood my brother was navigating in the above snapshot. Ottawa is only about 130 miles from Salina, Kansas.

Ottawa Kansas Flood 1951
Ottawa Kansas Flood 1951

These seem to be of the flood damage more than the flood itself.

Ottawa Kansas Flood 1951
Ottawa Kansas Flood 1951

Speaking of Flood Damage, there is more of that in LOST GALLERY than photographs of floods. Here are a few very precious photographs damaged by water.

Girl on Chair
Young girl holding two babies
Family Portrait water damage

But back to photographs of floods.

Flood Picture


How high's the water mama?
Four feet high and risin'.

Home on the water,  From a negative scan.


Areal view

But no flood collection could be complete without a mention of the great flood. (No. Not THAT great flood.)

No, I mean the great flood in "When Worlds Collide" the science fiction disaster movie that dazzled our senses back in, you guessed it, 1951. If you want to see the movie, it's only 82 minutes long and a real hoot. See it here at
Daily Motion .

I found the movie still photograph in a tray of like material at a junk store in a small town in Texas. It differs from other found photographs in that everything about it is known. It was just abandoned.

When Worlds Collide

Now paddle on back to the
Sepia Saturday home page. You'll be up to your neck in flood photographs and stories.

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.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
One Man's Treasure
Penny Tales
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
sites on the web.

And for postcards try

All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

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. Wow, the picture of the young girl holding the two babies, one is soooo much bigger than the little one, I wonder the age difference in the two.

    1. Thanks Rosie. I wonder about that one too. What was the reason for the picture? Was it three siblings? Three cousins? She is too young for either of the babies to hers. It must be a family combination of some sort.

  2. Your brother & his friend look like they're having a grand time paddling around on their raft in the floodwaters. The picture of the house reflecting in the flood is so pretty - though I imagine the house owners didn't think it was so pretty at the time. I saw the movie "When Worlds Collide" but I don't remember the flood part? I'll have to watch it again. Is that the one where certain people are chosen by raffle to board a spaceship to escape the disaster? Or was that one - something about the moon? I saw all those campy science-fiction films back in the day, & loved things like "The Twilight Zone", too. Still do!

    1. Thanks La Nightingail. I watch those old Twilight Zone episodes too whenever I can. The "moon" one was probably "Destination Moon" as George Pal was the special effects director on both movies. If you want to watch "When Worlds Collide" again just click the DAILY MOTION click through. It is only a little over an hour long. And yes, very campy.

  3. Great post. You always do us proud. Flood photos are so desolate aren't they?

    1. Thanks Alex Daw. Yes, desolate. And they leave feelings of futility.

  4. The photo of the flooded open country seems somehow more desolate than any of the others, even though it could just be the shore of a lake.

    1. Thanks Brett Payne. Yes, I thought it was a lake at first. But there's a building or two out in it, and a couple trees.

  5. The boys on the makeshift raft is my favourite

    1. Thanks genepenn. Thanks, I don't remember who snapped the shot.



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