First, here are alphabetized links to the most popular CABINET CARD GALLERY featuring short biographies of the known photographers of the 19th century.
Learning WHEN a photographer was WHERE should help in dating an old photograph.
Most often a found photograph is of unknown people by an unknown photographer. Occasionally the names of the people in a photograph are written on it later. But, very seldom do we ever learn the name of the photographer.
In the case of the Cabinet Card and the Carte de Viste (CDV) the photographer's name or studio name is often included as part of the mounting. It is sometimes at
the narrow end of the mounting board on the front and sometimes it is given in an elaborate fashion on the reverse of the card.
These pages of the LOST GALLERY will present all of the CABINET CARDS in the collection where the photographer is known.
The name of the photographer will be
repeated in the text so that it can be included in internet searches by Google and Bing and the rest.
As more information about the photographer emerges it will be added here.
This is a project in progress. If you don't find something here on a photographer you are researching, check back again.
Below are the links to the alphabetized pages in the LOST GALLERY cabinet card collection.
There are MANY photographs on each page so they might load slowly.
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!
This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.
The GIRLS Well! Ain't you dressed up nice! Let's go out in the yard and take yer picher.
Whether combing their hair or losing it, here are the guys.
Head and Shoulders 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 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!
Turn it over! There's something on the back!
No body will ever see this but ME, honey! 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 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.
WHERE THE TRIOS ARE PLAYING...
Often there are three people in a studio pose or a snapshot. Here are a few of those.
Many snapshots involve some form of transportation.
THE KIDS 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.
Here are some fine sites to see and read about more OLD FOUND PHOTOGRAPHS.
Tattered and Lost
Big Happy Funhouse
Lost and Found Photos
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
You put the money in the slot, sit down, pull the curtain and then...
Stand over there Honey! I'll take your picture!
Beauty as we saw it.
A set of found photographs of Go Go Dancers and Bar maids from 40 years ago.
Return with us now to those days of yesteryear ...
New! Here is a small collection of Comic Arcade Photographs!
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
A small set of unusual photographs of Michael Jackson.
All images are
the property of
and the author.
Permission must be granted for their use.
All rights reserved.
A dozen photographs of a beautiful dancer and her partner! Are we human or are we dancers?
Still Popular! Agent 8 (Kate) Spy Extraordinaire Agent 8 (Kate) captures the
Popcorn Ring King
Go Sit On the Car, Honey! A collection of photographs of that special person
standing in front of our proudest possession: The Car.
Gloria and the Amateur Photographer This is a small set of amateur photographs of a talented poser.
She gave your very first kiss to you...
Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.
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
And history is made a little more beautiful.
That Old Gang Here they are again, this time outside in front of the house or the car. They seem different, somehow...
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 4,000 photographs.
START HERE The Cabinet Card Format; all around 100 years old. Sorted by photographer.
The cabinet card section of
is under construction.
A new, remodeled section will be available soon.
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? 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
One woman's life in nazi Germany
Five photographs from the Pacific Theater
From the back cover of a photo album, five photographs from the war zone.
Somewhere in England 1944 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 We remember the wars...no.
No, we remember our lost family, friends, neighbors.
And finally, here is a cross reference list of all (well, most) of the categories and subject and album pages in
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
Beach – Itinerant Beach Photographer (2 pages)
Beach – The Old Days(page one of seven)
Beach – The Girlfriend
Boys in Dresses
Bumpers – Car Bumpers
Camera – Photographs containing a camera
C'est la Guerre – Photographs about the wars
Chain Chain Chain – People doing the same things
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
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
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
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
Parties – Parties
Parades – Parades
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 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
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
Sailor Tailored Clothing
Signs – People posing with signs.
Sneaky Snaps–People not posing at all
Telephone - About telephones and operators
Things – Typewriter – A Modern Antique
Things – Telephones
Things – Watermelon in the picture
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
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
World War One