Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Turn it over! There's Something on the Back! - April - 2014

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 the Farm
20130218 20140216 greenville junky store004 rev

On Reverse:
One of our largest
loads of corn that
we picked in half
of day last fall
Margie on top

Two children (reverse)
Two children (reverse)

On reverse
Cliff & Phyllis Holley

Child and baby buggy
Child and baby buggy

On Reverse:
Betty Faris

Woman and four children
Group outside

On Reverse
Mother Jane v
her babys
Martha & bobby
Junior & Jimmy V
My Grate Grand

Six guys on a mountain
6 men on a mountain

On the reverse:
At Greens View, Sewanee Tennessee
J. L Sauthern
M. D. Hendrick
Mose Fergurson
J. E. Henderson
E. H. Blackwood
T. H. McNeely
Made by J A Hendrick
Aug 14th 1902


Feb. 67
Scottie's Castle
Death Valley, Calif.

1966 rev

Girl in the shade
Girl in the shade

On Reverse:
Received your postal
this morning and was
glad to hear from you
This picture is not very
good because your face
was in the shade to much.
Hope you had a good time
at the dance. Wished I
could of been with you
Don't forget me when you have a party.

Miss Margaret Kailer
305 Elm St
Harold Huntz
Pewaukee Wisc

Girl on bench

On Reverse
These are horrid
but that I'd stick them
in anyway.

Girl on bench rev

Woman and cat
Woman and cat

On reverse
This is "our" pet & myself
or "two-cats".
Sept - 1919

Ambulance "Aggie"

On reverse:
June 1943

Aviator (reverse)

Man and boy
Man and boy

On Reverse:
About 7 or 8

Banning High School
Banning High School rev

On Reverse:
Banning High School
Left Mrs Lewering
Cecil James
Right - ?

Sutherland Family
Sutherland Family
Sutherland Family

Seven Sisters
Lockport, New York
Sarah Length of Hair 3 ft
Victoria 7 ft
Isabella 6 ft
Grace 5 ft
Naomi 5 ft and 4 in. thick
Dora 4 1/2 ft
Mary 6 ft

H. Bailey, Manager
Baker Photo, Columbus Ohio

This old cabinet card didn't restore very well. The contrast recovered fairly well but most of the detail was still lost. The subject is so interesting however, I posted it anyway. And although there are several photographs of the Sutherland Sisters to be found on the web, I have not found one exactly like this one. I did find a post that was apparently taken at the same session as this one but it is not identical.

But, the story is even more interesting. There are several accounts across the net but I found this one to be the most thorough. Untangling The Tale

Family group
Family group

As always, click on the picture to find a larger version.

On Reverse: (this is the best I can do.)
This is (Illegible) and her
husband with the baby
in his arms and the old mom and (illegible) east it
Rinllie Mother and father inlaw and wert is Joe (Illegible)
and their b?? and then and flemssig the six gall it
?rrsld (illegible) and pollars at neyos and the
met his little girl (illegible) la that my till?? shot
I rim her anonei to ???? res my healer m
She stayed a month in claher and tho??as T ??
them children is mills she had 5.

In costume
Child in Costume

On reverse:
Albert Hall Theatricals

Mrs Holley
2 Lock Street
(Thanks to puzzlemster for the translation. See Below)

puzzlemaster (Dave Miller) said:
It's Abercynon in Wales. The costumes with the tall black hat over a lace cap is called the Welsh National Costume. I believe Abercynon was in the former county of Glamorganshire which is probably what's meant by the "Glam" at the end.

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

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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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