Home, Directory, Catalog and Index

First, all of the cabinet cards have their own site now called CABINET CARD PHOTOGRAPHERS featuring short biographies of the known photographers of the 19th century.

Learning WHEN a photographer was WHERE should help in dating an old photograph.

Next, here are some of the most popular categories of the abandoned and rescued photographs in

Since this page was first published, some links have changed. LOST GALLERY is working to fix them as they are found.

Lost and Found? No.
To the original owners, these bits of time are still lost. Here are thousands of memories preserved by our only time machine, the camera. They are "found" only in the sense that they are no longer abandoned. They have been preserved.
Maybe someday, on these pages, someone will see themselves or someone close to them and know the story.
What stories do you see?

Here are nine pages of common mistakes by amateur photographers! Boy in suit
Start HERE!

Sneaky Snaps
completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

The GIRLS Darla at the beach. Well! Ain't you dressed up nice! Let's go out in the yard and take yer picher.

The Guys The Guys

Whether combing their hair or losing it, here are the guys.

Head and Shoulders Young Bess and her hat. Here are some portraits, often for a gift, sometimes just for vanity.

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

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, Here is an album of the most visited photographs in the Lost Gallery.

NEW! A fine collection of photographs and their very informative reverse sides!
Dad's girl Turn it over! There's something on the back!

Here are some interesting thoughts on rescuing, adopting or collecting old photographs:
The Photothek

No body will ever see this but ME, honey! bubble bath Here is a sweet collection of photographs of that special person, wallet worn or stuck in the back of the drawer where the kids won't find it. It's the personal pinup.

Family Tries Where's Papa? Dressed in their best, or maybe only good clothes, on best behavior they pose. The money was carefully budgeted for this historic moment. The family poses.


Often there are three people in a studio pose or a snapshot. Here are a few of those.

GETTING THERE Running board
Many snapshots involve some form of transportation.

THE KIDS Lesson one. It's always a mystery how a photograph of precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Places: More about "Where" Than "Who" Mount Rushmore Places to go. Places to avoid.

From cabin to resort.
We call it home.
cabin on the hill
Location, Location, Location.

Here are some fine sites to see and read about more OLD FOUND PHOTOGRAPHS.
Tattered and Lost
Big Happy Funhouse
Found Negatives
Lost and Found Photos
Vernacular Photography
Forgotten Old Photos
Cabinet Card Gallery

And here is a lovely site showing some fine artwork using scans of old photographs:
My Little Raggedy Blessings Go now!
---Because I said so!

The Vintage Photobooth He said  he liked my eyes.

You put the money in the slot, sit down, pull the curtain and then...

A set of found photographs of Go Go Dancers and Bar maids from 40 years ago.
Go Go Dancers

Return with us now to those days of yesteryear ...

New! Here is a small collection of Comic Arcade Photographs!
Cutout - arcade photo

The novelty photobooth in the arcade. Where are they now when we need them most?

NEW! Laser-fax photographs rescued from a dumpster! Michael Jackson
Jackson about 1972

A small set of unusual photographs of Michael Jackson.

Doubles,Couples, Deuces and Pairs
Couples, in the studio and out in the yard.

At The Beach At the beach - white bikini
Oh don't take my picture! I'm such a mess!

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

Parties Parades and PicnicsParade. 1960 There was always something going on. Just like now...

Still Popular! Agent 8 (Kate) Spy Extraordinaire Spy, legs Agent 8 (Kate) captures the
Popcorn Ring King

Go Sit On the Car, Honey! Car, girlfriend, boyfriend A collection of photographs of that special person
standing in front of our proudest possession: The Car.

Gloria and the Amateur Photographer Gloria and the Amateur Photographer This is a small set of amateur photographs of a talented poser.

Laura Laura

She gave your very first kiss to you...

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
Here is the beautiful Dee.
A curious story is told through her pictures.
What do you see?

Single Standing STUDIO PORTRAITS Honor Knightly
And history is made a little more beautiful.

That Old Gang That Old Gang Here they are again, this time outside in front of the house or the car. They seem different, somehow...

Kentucky 1930 kentucky, 1930 This is a set of photographs of some regular folks living in rural Kentucky in 1930.

It's okay to leave a note about a link that doesn't work or other such mechanical problems. Suggestions are always welcome. There are new additions to some categories every few days.

Currently, these categories link to more than 10,000 photographs.

Cabinet Cards
Cabinet Card Gallery The Cabinet Card Format; all more than 100 years old. Sorted by photographer.
The cabinet card section of
LOST GALLERY now has it's own pages:
Cabinet Card Photographers

Our House Our house is a very, very, very fine house
With and without family.

The Pets Our house is a very, very, very fine house
Just the pets, mostly.

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh Do you sometimes look at a picture and think "what's are they doing?" "What's going on here?"

Cleo and the Jodhpur Gang Just WHERE would we all be without Jodhpurs?

Frau Fritz Wassermann Germany 1943
1943 German Passport Frau Fritz Wasserman One woman's life in nazi Germany

Five photographs from the Pacific Theater
LST 658 From the back cover of a photo album, five photographs from the war zone.

Somewhere in England 1944
P61 Black Widow, AAF Here is a fine collection of WW2 Aircraft Photographs
and some added attractions from 1944, England.
A set of very historical 35mm negatives rescued from a junk shop.

C'est la Guerre war, WW2, WW1, Soldiers We remember the wars...no.
No, we remember our lost family, friends, neighbors.

In the Navy
A-6 Navy Intruder
Five photographs of the Navy A-6 Intruder

Flying Machines!
common and uncommon aircraft.

And finally, here is a cross reference list of all (well, most) of the categories and subjects and album pages in

A to C

Advance to the Rear The Rear View
Aircraft – Biplanes
Aircraft – Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Aliens and Mystery – Area Fifty-One and a Half
Animals – Gone to the Chickens
Animals – The Pets by themselves
Animals – Posing on a Pony
Area Fifty-One and a Half – Don’t Look Now
Automobiles – Car Bumpers
Automobiles – Car Running Boards
Baby Buggy
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (2 pages)
Beach – The Old Days(page one of seven)
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Cabinet Cards
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
Chair, Fringed
Chair, One Armed
Chickens - Gone to the Chickens
Children – Boys in Dresses
Children – A Child on the Front Steps
Children - Girls and their Dolls
Children – Kid in a Tub
Children – Mobile Toys
Children - On Running Boards
Children – Trios - In groups of Three
Christmas – in found photographs
Cities – Unknown Street Scenes
Class Pictures – School Days!
Clothing – Bows
Clothing – Costumes
Clothing – Cowboy Outfits
Clothing – Boys in Dresses
Clothing – Furs – The Dead Animal Society
Clothing – Grass Skirts
Clothing – Hats
Clothing – Jodhpurs
Clothing – Saddle Shoes
Clothing – Sailor Tailored Fashion
Clothing – Swimwear – At the Beach
Clothing – Uniforms – Girl & her Guy in Uniform
Clothing – Uniforms - Our Man at the Front
Connie, the Lockheed Constellation
Couples – A Girl and her Guy in Uniform
Fake Fight

C to P

Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – One Armed Chair
Furniture and Props – Props and Backdrops
Furniture and Props – The Fringed Chair
Furniture and Props – Wicker
Girl in a Boat
Girlfriend and the Car
Girlfriend at the beach
Goat Cart
Gone to the Chickens – Snaps including a chicken
Grass Skirt Gallery
Groups – Chain Chain Chain – People lined up
Groups – Class Pictures
Hats – Where everyone is wearing a hat
Hats – Really Big hats
Homes – We Call it Home
House – Our House
Itinerant Street Photographer
Itinerant Child Photographer With PONY!
Laundry – People and Clothes Lines
Music – Trombones
Music Makers
Novelty Photo Booth – Collection
Novelty Photo Booth – Examination
The Office Typewriters and business
On a Bumper
On a Car
On a Rock
On a Running Board
One-Armed Chair
Parties – Parties
Parades – Parades
People Stacks
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page One)
Personal Pinups – the best girl. (Page Two)
Personal Pinups – Girlfriend at the beach
Pets – The animals by themselves
Photo Mask
Photo Booth - Page one of several...
PhotoBombing – Pranks to ruin a photo
Photography – Photographs containing a camera
Photography – The Photo Mask
Photography – Tinted Photograph
Photography – Polaroids
Photography Errors – Lurker
Photography Errors – photographer's Shadow
Photography Errors – The Double Exposure
Photography Errors – Unauthorized Photographs
Picnics - Picnics
Places to Go - More about where than who.
Places – Our House - With people in front
Places – We Call it Home - More houses
Pony – Posing on a Pony

P to W

Poses – Advance to the Rear!
Poses - Belly Down, Heads Up! (An odd pose.)
Poses – Cheesecake
Poses – Fake Fight
Poses – Girl in a Boat
Poses – In a Tree
Poses – Kid in a Tub
Poses – On a Bumper
Poses – On a Car
Poses – On a Pony
Poses – On a Running Board
Poses – Out Sitting on a Rock
Poses – People with Signs.
Poses – Personal Pinup
Poses – The Rear View
Poses – Sleeping people
Poses – Stacks of People People on People
Props and Backdrops
Rock – People out sitting on a rock
Running Boards - Automobiles
Running Boards with Children
Saddle Shoes
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sleeping People
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
Tinted Photograph
Toys – Children and their Mobile Toys
Toys - Girls and their Dolls
Transportation – Aircraft
Transportation – Automobile Bumpers
Transportation – Automobile Running Boards
Transportation – Baby Buggy
Transportation – Biplanes
Transportation – Lockheed Constellation
Transportation – TRUCKS! (Coming Soon!)
Transportation – Wheelbarrow
Tree Thing
Types of Photographs – Cabinet Cards
Types of Photographs – CDV (Carte-de Viste)
Types of Photographs – Photobooth
Types of Photographs – Polaroids
Types of Photographs – Tintypes
Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Unauthorized Photographs – Sneaky snaps
Uniformed Man – Our Man at the Front
Vehicles – Biplane
Vehicles – Lockheed Constellation
Vehicles – Wheelbarrow
Washday Blues – Of Love and Laundry
Wicker Chairs
Wicker Furniture
World War One


  1. How do I get cabinet cards/photos to you?

    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I have answered your email directly.

  2. I love you site that I found by accident...
    BUT, How do I get photos/cabinet cards to you?

  3. I‘ve got one from Henry Levin, Chicago Ill. Interested?

    1. Thank you for your comment. What is it? Is it a cabinet card or a CDV?



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