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.
Henry? Franzen Homestead
J. H. Franzen
% High School
No Place Like Idaho!!!
On the reverse:
135 N Ave
This is a picture of
(all this is black on black, too faint to show in a scan.)
On the reverse:
Mae I Will send you this
for your past album. I believe
you said you had one these
are my boys. You may have
your choice when they get big.
Post card design in use 1906 - 1913
Postcard design in use 1904-1918
On the Reverse:
Uncle Les Freeman
Five days old -
with nurse in
Clair Riley Baby
Cant get enough? There's more!
TURN IT OVER! THERE'S SOMETHING ON THE BACK
Then click "OLDER POSTS" at the bottom of each page.
Go back to THE MAIN INDEX PAGEThere are now more than 4,000 photographs in the Lost Gallery. Or try out the NEW BACK PAGE INDEX
The most popular photographs An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.
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.
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THE KIDS 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.