Friday, October 30, 2015

Turn It Over! There's Something On The Back! - Page 32

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, sometimes a century.

Young Girl
Young Girl

On the reverse:
from your old side kick
Pvt Floyd Johnson
Co. I. 5th Inft
A. P. O 927. A. F. in G.
Compliments and best regards from
my fraulina. She tells me to tell you
hello. Cant trust you with her address.
boy she is all that a fraulina can be
aint that what you say.

(addressed to:
to my friend
Joseph .C. Pratt
Studley Kansas

Man with hat
Man with hat

On the reverse:
eniretle (?)
or maybe
Sam V Wiretle

Child with Toy
Man, Hat and Chair.

On reverse:
Hello Kid
When This you see
Remember me.

Ans. soon.
(to) Miss Tona Tinken
White Tex.

Portrait of a woman
Portrait of a young woman

On the reverse:
Hello boy, Did you
get home all right?

Pink Greenwood
(back design in use 1910 - 1920)

On the reverse

At the left of this picture
as you hold it. You will
notice a lot of trees. Well
My husband and myself
and little boy go over there in
the hot days sometimes on
a sunday and take pictures.


Cannot translate this one.


On reverse:
this is Inspiration
Needles Camp -
where I spent
Last week end.

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Mosque reverse

On reverse:
Mosques in the Kings Palace
grounds in Bangkock, Kiam
Dec 23, 1946
Taken by Clair

The Scott Family
The Scott Family

On the reverse:
1917 - 71st birthday of Elsie Jane C. Scott (in black)
Backrow - Minnie Lappin, Frank Herron, Walter Scott,
Herbert Scott, Fred Scott, Will Scott, Carl Scott,
Emerson Houze
Front row - Jessit Herron, Martha Houze, Daisy Lappin
Nettie Scott, Carrie Scott, Daisy Scott, Lottie Houze
The Scott Family

Group in a field
Young People in a field

On the reverse:
Dear Miss Brown
Allow me to extend
you my sincere congratulations
Also may you have a Merry Christmas
Happy New Year beautiful Easter it

Family Group
Family Group
Family group

There are two copies of this photograph. Each has slightly differet information on the reverse.
Card one:
Back row - Bob Stine, Guy,
John, Ray, Donald Spencer
And Jay.
Next row - Stanley Stine
Jennie, Pearl, Fern (Ray's
wife) Mother & Kitty.
In Front Virginia Stine
and Paul (Ray's boy)

Card Two
Dec25th 1930
From Left, Robert Stine next Jennie, Gary,
John Ferguson, Pearl Ray, Fern his wife
Minnie Bargar
Three little ones, Stanley Stine
Virginia, those two are pearls children.
and Ray's little boy Paul Gorden
Love and good wishes from Aunt Minnie
for a happy & Prosperous
coming year

How these people are all connected and how the family tree looks is covered in detail on the blog page;
Family Group - Finding the Connections

Dad and four sons
Four men

On the reverse:
Wallace Gridley
& sons Born
19 Clarence Hartwell 1870
17 Charles Albert 1972
18 Arthur Wilbur

Cactus and Picnic
Cactus and Picnic

On reverse:
Our picnic
last week
1 Margaret Shepperd
2 Miss Wendell, the
school nurse. Her
home is in Chicago.
3. Miss W's Brother
4. Miss Holt the English
teacher in the high
school - from Grand Rapids
5. Mildred Thompson

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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?"


  1. Postcards are always improved with a message, no matter how short or inane. The best ones have a numbered list of names too. I'm always happy to pay extra for that kind. The unreadable message is in Czech, I think. It has more accented letters than German.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Yes, I always look for any message and you are right sometimes it makes the decision to take it or leave it. Czech sounds good to me. Now if I could only read the handwriting...



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