Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Wallet Worn Portrait

Here are photographs that spent their lives tucked in a safe place in a wallet or purse.

They were there because they were precious to someone. Most photographs communicate a bit of love and care but these tattered examples were prized possessions, with special meaning for someone.

Here are the wallet-worn photographs of someone very close ...or very far away.

Wallet Worn Pinup
New Additions
Wallet Worn Pinup
Two Women

Wallet Worn
Girl in Bathing Suit
A little cheesecake

Personal Pinup
Pinup girl

Tractor and combine

Okay. Considering most of these treasures are of women in bathing suits, these two are a bit odd.


wallet worn
Wallet worn

The back yard photo.
Wallet Worn Favorite
Wallet Worn

Photobooth  Girl with parasol
Wallet worn sweetheart
A wallet worn Pinup

Wallet Worn
Mary Belle '38
woman and car

photobooth pair
Wallet Worn Pinup

Happy kid
Wallet Worn
Three girls in old swim wear

Best Friends Forever
Three Children
Eupha Ladd, Aunt Lillie and Mary Ladd

Photobooth girl
pair in photobooth
Loma finally concluded
Two guys in a photobooth

Two sailors
Photobooth with two little ones.

It is not surprising at all that many of the wallet worn portraits found in LOST GALLERY were from a photobooth. The pictures were small, quick, last-minute and easy to store in a pocket of a wallet. They were often a memento of that last time together, or sometimes an inexpensive token to be included in a letter.

Photobooth Girl face right
Photobooth man in uniform
Photobooth Girl

Photobooth Woman
Big Smile
Photobooth Girl

Photobooth two men
Photobooth Portrait
Photobooth baby

photobooth girl
Photobooth man with boot tie clip
Photobooth - woman and hat

Treasure from the photo booth
Gertrude Amason
Henry liked the hat.


Can't get enough? Watch this space!

Bassingbourn 1944 384th Bomber Group, B17 landing Discovered! Long lost negatives taken during the winter of 1944-45 at Bassingbourn AAF base in England.

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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All images are the property of Lost Gallery and the author. Permission must be granted for their use. All rights reserved.

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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