Friday, November 27, 2015

The Top Ten List

The Top Ten

Here are the current top ten photographs in LOST GALLERY. What brought about the popularity of these particular photographs is sometimes a complete mystery, sometimes not.

Flickr kindly keeps track of the daily and accumulated visits for each of the thousands of photographs in the Flickr Archives. Starting with number ten, here they are.

Child in long dress

Dressing up in mom's clothes is irresistible entertainment for a child. An alert photographer caught this one in full party dress. Visited 22,556 times since posted March 29,2010, this photograph is the tenth most popular on LOST GALLERY.

This classic pose of a child in a wash tub has 22,797 views.

It is part of a set on LOST GALLERY called "A Kid in a Tub".

At bath...

Titled "Slim Pickins as a child" this photograph has captured the attention of 22,845 viewers. It's popularity is not hard to understand.

One cannot help but associate Stanley Kubrick's dark comedy "Dr. Strangelove" with this appealing photograph.

No mystery about the popularity of this snap.

From December 24, 2007 it has a total so far of 24,273 visits and has been chosen as "favorite" eleven times.

She is part of a growing collection on
LOST GALLERY called "Personal Pinup".

Girl posing in Bathing Suit

Woman on rear bumper

This photograph, posted May 22, 2010 has had 30,909 visits.

Oddly, this smiling woman with the bow in her hair, leaning back on the trunk of a car is not the only appeal of the snap. The Buick with the New Jersey license plate is a popular draw also as car enthusiasts search the net for pictures of their favorite models.

One of the favorites at LOST GALLERY as well as Flickr, is this one. It is titled,
"This is my hat...I mean, my Wife."

First posted September 23, 2006, it has since been visited 32,339 times.

This is my hat...I mean, my Wife.

Family and Car

Originally posted March 12, 2010, more than five years ago at this time, this clean snapshot has attracted 40,091 visitors.

Here again the car helps the appeal of the family portrait. It was the last Maxwell model, before the trade-marque was absorbed by Chrysler in 1925. It lived on through 1928 as the four-cylinder Chrysler Series 50.

You may have heard, the Maxwell was the favored car of the classic comedian, Jack Benny.

This photograph of 38 people and its dim original, gathered 41,209 views since May 26, 2009. The discussion went on for days. Is it a family? Is it a class. Is it something else?

One of the most commonly used search words on Flickr and other search engines, is the word "Family".

The original
Family Group

Happy Child.

The popularity of Number Nine is a bit easier to understand. The warm appeal of this photograph of a happy child in play clothes should easily attract viewers.

Often the question is asked, "How could anyone LOSE a photograph so precious as this. There is an answer in this case. It was found in a junk shop, between the pages of a book. A bookmark. It was lost quite accidentally.

And the most often visited rescued photograph on Flickr is this RPPC of four imitation cowboys. Wearing western costume items over their business clothing, these four fellows have attracted a total to date, of 55,848 visits. Original post: September 21, 2007.

It is probably a novelty shop setting, costumes and camera ready backdrop. Four friends on a holiday at the beach or attending a carnival decided to have their picture taken. Somewhere there are probably three other copies of this Real Photo Post Card.

Even the separate, cropped-for-detail version below has gathered 33, 859 visits.

Four Cowboys? (detail)
Four Cowboys

Bassingbourn 1944 384th Bomber Group, B17 landing
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.

And don't miss
Cabinet Card Gallery
Square America
Tattered and Lost
Vernacular Photography
The best
sites on the web.

And for postcards try
And see what's going on over at
Sepia Saturday!

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?"


  1. An interesting list of statistical medalists. Don't get me wrong, they're nice examples of vernacular photos, but you have many photos more deserving of high scores. Do these images have keywords that would bring them up in search engines? The way image search algorithms have become more sophisticated they may not need text to make matches.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Yes, I am sure it is the tag words that produce much of the traffic and that distorts the reality of the value of a photograph somewhat. "Family" is one of the most common tags.. There are in LOST GALLERY many more interesting photographs than some of the above. The found photographs are all in Creative Commons so they can be used freely on web sites and blogs. So a bit of the traffic comes from link-backs from these. And of course all of the pictures on LOST GALLERY link back there.



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