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.
This little photobooth portrait was clamped in a metal frame with a place to write some information on the reverse
This one was done the same way and unfortunately, it rusted. The backing also features a pop out eyelet to facilitate hanging or an easel back. (pat. pending)
On front Yours Ceortily J. B. C ale
Born Nov 6 - 1858 in Sullivan County
Tennessee, Ordained to preacher Nov 1882.
Came to Tex. 1883. Have preached 27 years.
Pecame pastor at Pecos, Tex. Nov 23-1907
Years in the service, sacrifice and
love of Jesus. Lovingly. J. B. Cale
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
With every good wish
work again I
Everybody sends U
their regards to you
Mrs. J F. Shrive
(Postmarked Nov. 1, 1912
Papa at his
office in back
foom at Ector
(Ector County Bank is in Texas just south of where this photograph was found.)
( Transcribed this the best I could not knowing the language OR the handwriting.)
Lavinia New Mexico
Sept 5, 1915
Querido primo receve
su card por laque tune
gusto al sover que estan
buenos Gaguios a Dios
despues de saludarco
ledire que agui nohay
mas de nuevo gue mucha
solas mi popa y los mea
trills juntado las soca
no le fabia contestada
por falta de que no habia
habido quien hubiera
ids a la plaza ahora
le estory escribienda may
tepriza, dispense lo mal
esorito, y equigocos saludes
a todos los que so acellerden
de mi y nd reciba mis mas
grandes reasuerd os bin
mas mor esta olg su prima
Written on the front:
City Park, Roswell, N. Mex
Esther & Joyce - Christine & Jewel
I have Joyce (I think)
Christine has Jewel.
Taken in City Park
Roswell, N. Mex.
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