Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Turn It Over! There's Something On The Back! - September 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.

Two children and a dog and a lurker

On the reverse:
I want to know
how much bigger
Willie looks to the
side of Jerrold this
Boy is some pumpkin
in to everything
Nellia said this eaaning(?)
He climbs up on the
table in to the slofrbu(?)
ect(?), bet you can laugh when
you yet this picture kiss
Gerrold for me assssvesn (arriving)
soon with Love to all

Two children and a dog and a lurker

RPPC Small Boy

RPPC Small Boy

A Happy
New Year
Dave Flarrie (?)

CDV young Man
CDV Young Man

R. J. Booth,

And some printing practice ...

Gentleman's portrait
Gentleman's portrait

Groverkoshe or Giverhoske or something.

Post Card reverse design in use about 1904 -1918

Cabinet Card portrait
Cabinet Card portrait

On the reverse
Charleys Grandma Smith
Dads Gr Grandma

Eskelsen & Fritz
Mt. Carroll

Portrait of a girl with round glasses.
Portrait of a girl with round glasses.

On the Reverse:
Numbers that don't make a lot of sense.

Portrait of a young man
Reverse of Portrait of young man

Here is an unusual reverse. This card mounted photograph was apparently stored in a stack with another or perhaps many others, for a long, long time.

The image of the NEXT photograph in the stack has transferred its image to the reverse of this portrait. It happens now and then but in this case the image is very clear and well defined. To see an enhanced version of this back go HERE.

Cabinet Card portrait of a woman
Cabinet Card portrait of a woman

A little odd: It seems to credit two photographers and has two identifications of the portrait.
Photographers (imprinted front and reverse)
W. G. I. A. Thuss
Practical Photographers
No. 230 1/2 N. Cherry Street
McGavock Block
Nashville, Tennessee
and ALSO stamped on reverse:
F. E. Turner
Portraits and Frames
3043 Lake Park Ave.

Written on reverse:
Susie A Howard (Caligaiphy)
and in pen
Mrs P M Bell
1025 Ohio
Wichita Kansas

CDV portrait of a man
CDV portrait of a man

A few random numbers in a childish scrawl.

Graham's City Gallery,
S. E. Corner of Square, Mexico, Mo.

CDV woman portrait
CDV Woman

On Reverse:
More childish scrawl

(and at the very bottom)
Knellomae Quisenben (possibly)

C. R. Edwards
Bowling Green, KY

Woman on grass
Woman on grass

Aunt Loretta
Mother's sister

Woman in Garden
Woman in Garden

On reverse:
My Mother
Kathryn Calhoun

Woman Sitting
Woman sitting

In breakfast room-
some of her flowers-
She got more later-

RPPC oval portrait of a woman
RPPC oval portrait of a woman

Postcard design in use 1904 - 1918

On the reverse:
Agnes Dumars
Emporia, Kans.

Man at shed
Man at shed

Feb. 20, 1941
Age 84
Grand Mud is my
mother dad Zeta Pfeiffer

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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