Monday, May 5, 2014

Turn it Over! There's Something on the Back! - May 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.

As always, just click on a photograph to see a larger version.

Picnic Group

On the reverse:
That is me with the white dress
Charlie on one side of me and
Emmas man on the other and
our dinners spread in frount
of us.
Taking July 4th

Tintype couple
Tintype couple

On the reverse
Will Manning - Wife
Mrs Satie-Simiwgng-Manning
Formerly of Harrson Valley Pa

Woman and chair
Woman and chair

On the reverse
Mrs C. E. Manning
Wellsville No.3 (crossed out)
NY(crossed out)
Gennessee PA
R. F. D.
1 Crayon
Bust Measure
Remove Chair

Man and chair
RPPC man and chair

On reverse::
Lorenzo Mattison
Here is my
oldest suns
picture taken
he was 19 he is
29 now his mane.
is Lorenzo

Cabinet Card man.
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On the reverse:
F McKinney

note the photographer is
F. M. McKinley & Co.

Portrait of a young girl
Portrait of a young girl

On reverse
Miss Aline Straw


On Reverse:
Claud Marvin
Step Son of
Will Manning

Aunt Louise

Woman with dog
Woman with dog

On reverse;

Sate Simmons

And the faint impression of the next photograph it was stored with.

Girl in Garden
Girl in Garden

On the reverse:
And Here
I am again

Girl and dress

On reverse

Auntie Bill

Dictionary illustrations

On reverse:
Right of Way Fence
Friday Evening November
17-1925 at 1:45 PM

and on the right:
Gladis Chesnut
Yellow Pine, LA

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Almost Nude
Almost Nude

On Reverse:
Almost Nude
Your big baby

Baby in wicker chair
Child in wicker chair

On the reverse:
Naoma Marie Lawson
Aunt Sallie

Baby in long smock.
(cropped slightly)
Baby in long smock.

On reverse:
From Harold E Manning
Aunt Sarah.

Cabinet Card Two Children
Two children

On the Reverse
From Charleton & Delight
(and below that very faintly)
Grand Pa

Two children
Two children

On the reverse:
My oldest sun
two children
childrens picture
From Renzo

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. Fantastic images and messages. The ghost on Sate Simmons' photo is a neat effect.
    But what I really like is the way that the photos taken together create a creepy sequence of characters from peculiar to alarming that could make up the cast of a Hitchcock movie.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Yes, there are some photographs of real characters on this page, in fact, I think one of them is a post mortem. There was another interesting "ghost" photograph back in the March edition of "Turn it Over!"

    2. I assume you mean Mrs. Manning? That would be really creepy. I think the sun is just making her close her eyes.

    3. Yes, I prefer to think it was the sun too. It was a peculiar habit back in the late 1880's, photographing the deceased. When I learned of this tradition I went back through the GALLERY and found several that could be post mortem portraits. Yes, creepy.



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