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 reverse:
Geo H. Fast & family
Agusta, wife (Marie
(Killed in Act
World War II
RPPC desgn in use 1908 - 1911
Ancestry.com revealed the following:
Back row, left to right:
Marie Fast (1900 - ) Daughter
Augusta Reiner (1877 - ) Mother
Walter Fast (1909 - ) Son held by mother Augusta
Esther Magdalena Fast (1903 - ) Daughter
William Gerhard Fast (1902 – 1981) Son
Arthur Harold Fast (1908 - ) Son
Helena G. Fast (1907 - ) Daughter
These names and dates were fairly easy to collect although there is some fuzziness regarding the actual birth-dates of Arthur and Helena. Some sources would have them born only a few weeks apart.
They were all born in Saskatchewan, Canada except for Marie and William who according to the Canadian Census of 1916, were born in the US. Augusta and husband George (not in picture) were born in Russia.
1938 Ply. Deluxe Coupe
Completely New Upholstering
" " Seats
New Plymouth Engine
20+ Mi. per gal.
uses practically no oil
This is it
Correction as of Mar. 4th '49
This WAS it. Ha!
"U. S. S. General-Randell" at "White-
Beach" Pier, Okinawa.
(Note: Wreckage of ships
and Landing-craft along pier.)
On the Reverse
This is me Annie
excuse this car
baby heres you buggy
(and along right edge)
They snapped this picture
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Area 51 and a Half
You are probably not authorized to see these.
Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you!
This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.
All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.
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.