Lost Photos
(an IRS-registered 501c3 charitable non-profit corporation)

  • Our Mission                                   

    Our Mission

    To collect and preserve historical photos and other media, make the material available to the public online at no cost, and return the material to surviving family members on request.

  • A Word From John                                   

    A Word From John

    I started collecting lost photos after doing a project for my father.  He was keeper of the Perkins family archives, storing several generations of family photos.  A few years ago I set about scanning the entire archive, around 23,000 photos I think.  I finished that project and gave him a copy of the complete archive.  I sometimes ask him about some of those pictures (Who is this?  When did that happen?  Do you remember such-and-such happening?) but it bugs me that we don't know who a lot of the people are in the older photos.

    I visit auctions, swapmeets, and thrift stores and I occasionally find photo albums or packets of photos from a few years back to over 100 years ago.  It bugs me the same way as my family archive- so many memories, so much time, so much history lost, all these photos destined for...what, a dumpster in back of some anonymous junk store?

    I started this project because I wanted to preserve what I could of the lives and memories of the people that took these photos.

    There is an extensive FAQ here.  If you have any questions or complaints, that's where to start.

    Click on the link for each family under the Photos tab to see the page for that family.

    If you are one of the people in these photos, if you know any of the people in these photos, or if you still have any questions, please contact me here.

    >>> If there is any information you want to add to this site- especially genealogy info- please contact me here.

  • Photos                                   

    Photos


    Family 1  (my family)

    Since the rule of thumb for this page is to include photos that are at least 20-25 years old, most of the Family 1 photos are from the 1970's and 1980's. I haven't included the Perkins family archive because there are a number of people in them that I know and who are currently alive.  I know the photographers for many of these photos.  In creating this page, for Family 1, I am working under several conditions requested by various people as to which photos I can and can't post.  For this reason, the Family 1 photos posted here consist mainly of a trolley museum, cats, my early childhood, and my high school (graduated 1989). There are currently (as of April 1, 2016) 151 images in this set.


    Family 2
    Nothing written on the backs of these photos.  99 images in this set.


    Family 3
    Many notes.  265 images in this set.


    Family 4
    Many notes.  1,447 images in this set.


    Family 5
    A few notes.  419 images in this set.


    Family 6
    A few notes.  254 images in this set.


    Family 7
    Many notes.  747 images in this set.


    Family 7A
    From a montage included with family 7.  10 images in this set.


    Family 8
    148 images in this set.


    Family 9
    29 images in this set.


    Family 10
    45 images in this set.


    Family 11
    78 images in this set.


    Family 12
    305 images in this set.


    Family 13
    118 images in this set.


    Family 14
    48 images in this set.


    Family 15
    479 images in this set.


    Family 16
    517 images in this set.


    Family 17
    87 images in this set.


    Family 18
    Schloesser Family
    1,344 images in this set.


    Family 19,  Family 19-A
    2,585 images in this set.


    Family 20
    Caulfield/Ritter/Southard Family
    619 images in this set.


    Family 21
    Multi-Family
    1,989 images in this set.


    Family 22
    1,535 images in this set.

  • Donations

    Donations

    If you have a batch of photos that you want to donate, please contact us here.  You can get an invoice and declare the photos as charitable donations on your taxes.

    If you are a person or company and you want to donate equipment, you can get an invoice and declare that as a charitable contribution as well.  We currently have several 8.5 x 11 flatbed scanners and a Wolverine single slide scanner.  We could use any flatbed scanner with a larger surface area and/or a slide scanner with an automatic feeder.  Please contact us here.

    If you want to donate funds to Lost Photos, please click on the donate button below.  Contributions go toward equipment, increased hosting space, and scanning hours/employee time.  If we get an angel donor, our goals include at least 1 full time employee and perpetual hosting for the photos.

    Here is our donations page at Crowdrise.

   Family 1  
(my family)

 

Sawbuck

Toby and Sawbuck at the house in Hemet

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck at the condo in Moreno Valley, 1990s

Sawbuck at the condo in Moreno Valley, 1990s

Sawbuck

Toby

Toby, probably at the house in Los Angeles

Thomas, probably at White Sands

Toby

Left to right- Unknown dog (probably neighbor's dog), Fluffy (angry cat), and Thomas, probably at White Sands

Thomas (left) and Fluffy (right), probably at White Sands

Thomas (left) and Fluffy (right), probably at White Sands

Fluffy on the desk.  The painting is Freedom Of The Plains by Mario Bordi.

Fluffy

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Sawbuck and I

Toby and Sawbuck at the house in Hemet

Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Cat vs. rabbit, on Acacia in Hemet, 1990s

Cat vs. rabbit, on Acacia in Hemet, 1990s

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet.  I never did get around to being one of the little indian boys in the background during the performances of Ramona.

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet.  I think this was the principal.

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet.  This is J R Longmire.  I remember him having a pretty long walk from the bus stop, up a dirt road to his home.



June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet.  This is Tammy Delgado.

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet.  This is John Perkins (me).

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

Late 1980s.  This is Anna Marie Collins,who had some intention to join the Marines (don't know if she ever did).  I think she had a fondness for lollipops and her brother collected bicentennial quarters.





Out front at Hemet High School.

Late 1980's, Hemet High School, in the library.  This is Brian Lester.















June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet



Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Michael Craig Clary.

Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Michael Craig Clary and Tammy Gibbs.













Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Dale Gooch.



June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet



Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Katrina Haines.



Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Kelly Shannon Bryant.

Late 1980s, Hemet High School.  This is Kelly Shannon Bryant.

June 16, 1989, graduation, Hemet High School, at the Ramona Bowl in Hemet

Late 1980s, at a snowcone store somewhere along Florida Avenue, north of Hemet High School.  If you beat the high score on Donkey Kong, you got a free snowcone.  Kelly Shannon Bryant on the left, Tracy Antill on the right.

Late 1980s, at a pay phone outside of the snowcone store. Tracy Antill on the phone, Kelly Shannon Bryant in the background.  I think it was during our senior year that Tracy moved to New Zealand.

1978, my birthday.  I think this was at the house in Los Angeles.

1970s, me and my toy car, Susie the Little Blue Coop.  For some reason I was terribly attached to this car from the 1952 Disney cartoon.

Mid 1970s, me, at Gifford Hill, a quarry in Louisiana where my grandfather (Clyde James Perkins) used to work.

Mid 1970s, me, on the way to Gifford Hill, my grandfather in the background.

Mid 1970s, me, on the way to Gifford Hill, my grandfather in the background.

Mid 1970s, me, sitting on my grandparents car (Clyde James Perkins and Bennie Hadley Clawson), possibly at the house in Minden, Louisiana.



Me, probably at the house in Los Angeles.  I remember the Raggedy Ann doll and that chair.

Me, mid 1970s, Disneyland, riding by myself on Autopia.

Me, mid 1970s, apparently so distracted that food didn't matter.

Image 000096, duplicate of 000086 (blowing out the cake), removed.

Me, mid 1970s.  My grandfather was still alive back then, so I don't know why his name is in the background.  His retirement maybe?

Image 000098, duplicate of 000087 (me with the toy car), removed.



Mid to late 1970s, Christmas, should be at the house in Los Angeles.   I suppose it's just the perspective of age now, but I wish I had taken better care of and appreciated more all the toys I was given as a kid.

Me, mid 1970s, at the house in Los Angeles.  This should be the first time I ever beat my father at chess, so it should be 1975 or 1976.  I know the parents and I went out to celebrate (Bob's Big Boy I think) the occasion.  I appreciate growing up with one of those fathers who was proud of me exceeding him in some task/skill, instead of one of those "think you're better than me?, then you get a whuppin" -type fathers.  I continue on my multi-decade quest to find another one of this particular type of chess set.  Pop says he bought it on a TDY for the Army Reserves, either in South Korea or Thailand.



Me, mid to late 1970s, with me erector set.

Neither I nor my father remember what I was crying about.  He is well aware of how much I dislike having my picture taken, but I have to agree with him on this one- the moment was too good to pass up.







Me, early to mid 1970s, should be at the house in Los Angeles.  I remember that cedar box and the particular aroma (cedar and moth balls) when it was opened.





Image 000111, duplicate of 000101 (me with the chess set), removed.





Mid 1970s, brushing my teeth.  I don't recall ever being at White Sands, certainly not at this age, so this might be the house in Los Angeles.



Pop says this should be the Orange Empire Railway Museum









































This is my father's table and bed when he was in the Army, stationed in South Vietnam.  I remember him being happy with the luxury of the hot plate.



Early 1990s.  My attempt at an effects shot, flash exposure of my arm, then bulb exposure of a small flashlight and attached straw sliding down a string.  I failed to take the weight of the flashlight into account, causing the string to droop, misaligning my finger and the zap.







San Francisco, underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.



Maybe Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA.





Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA.

Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA.

Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA.