Thursday, August 14, 2014

Turn It Over! There's Something on the Back! - August 2014

Sometimes there is some writing on the reverse side of a found photograph. 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.


Joe Stephens
Zillah, Wash. (fireman)
R. I.

Kenneth I Potter
9 Kelly St
Three Rivers, Mass Oiler

William T. Mann
Chicago, Ill LST


Four women.
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Post Card Reverse Azo 1904 - 1918

(in pencil)
Effie Cherry
Some Ladys

Hitchin Post

On the reverse
Picture made in
1918. Me and the
old hitching post
that was planted by
my father V. E. Cook about 1902
on the farm. Jerry
moved it on easter
Sun 1973. It is still
located south of the
same house but now
in town Lloyd's brother
Clyde is the man, my
friend and Hazel.

Hitchin' Post

Five Women

On Reverse
Miss Sproat, Miss
Christy, Miss Whitehead,
Miss Ponder& Mildred
taken a week ago
Sunday when they
took dinner with us

Five women.

Four women in hats
Four women in hats

On reverse:
Miss Schneider
Ida Tomlinson

Group at railway
Group at railway

On reverse:
Here is Mary's
rear -

Group with Dog and Horse.

On Reverse:
Mr. Williamson,
the bachelor that
owns Inspiration
Needles Camp.
The others are
Miss Beckman
(she taught art here
last year - but is now teaching the grades)
Mrs Whalen of the
Red Cross secretary
and Mrs. Stuart
& her two little boys.
Mrs Stuart is relatif
to the Kelleys of Kelleys Studio

Group with Dog and Horse.

Group and Car

On reverse:
Aunt Bridget

Group and car

Four men with canes
Four men with canes

On reverse:
Left to Right
Henry Wood -
I Chauncy Thompson - Mary Manning Maternal Granfather
Northrop - Ellen Trowbridge - Maternal Grandfather
Rev. Hinman - Local Preacher
(very faint Photographer stamp)
C. M. Spoor or Spook
Harrison Valley PA (There is no such place now)

Group out front

On the reverse::

Potter - Mulford house
at Potter Crook PA.,
Myrel Lena Mulford
Newel Potter
Eddie Potter
Otto Mary Smith
Milford Theo Stratton
IVa Mead
Charley Fronakeeks
Sarah Potter
Frank Potter
Mr Mrs Jonas Mulford

Group out front

Dolly and Child and Shadow

On reverse
Susan & I
This is the best
picture I ever
had taken -
Palm Springs.

Dolly and Child and Shadow

Two babies
Two Babies in a chair

In a chair outside
On the reverse:
I've sent
10 sacks for
Please ship
cheapest way.
This picture isn't
much good. taken when
baby was 5 wks old.
Have you had threshers
yet? Hope crops are good
write to me some time
Best Wishes
Mrs Wm Fast
date stamped 1915

Two children
Two Children

On the reverse:
Peggy & Teddy
Summer 1920
Cass Lake, Mich

Three on a fake donkey
Three on a fake donkey

Azo postcard backing in use 1910 - 1930
On the Reverse:
Dorls, Jr. Evelyn

Baby on front porch

John D. Jr.
Taken when he
was 8 mon. old.
i dressed him in
his dress to make
a baby of him

Baby on front porch

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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