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                                   


    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
    1,989 images in this set.

    Family 22
    1,535 images in this set.

    Family 23
    182 images in this set.

    Family 24
    699 images in this set.

    Family 25
    29 images in this set.

    Family 26
    53 images in this set.

    Family 27
    60 images in this set.

    Family 28
    28 images in this set.

    Family 29
    128 images in this set.

    Family 30
    40 images in this set.

    Family 31
    974 images in this set.

    Family 32
    219 images in this set.

    Family 33
    1,087 images in this set.

  • 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 11 

 78  images in this set.


First in the cast, Helen Ruth Huber is a good example of how, even with a complete name (first, middle, last), it can be hard to find family trees/connections.  There are multiple Helen Ruth Hubers, at least one born in 1903 and at least one born in 1925.  Without any connecting information it's not possible/practical to identify which Helen Ruth Huber is this Helen Ruth Huber.

I haven't been able to find an Otha Weddell + Marie Bush, but I did find a 1940 census listing  an Otha Weddell (born 1910), wife Marie Weddell (born 1909), child Bobby Weddell (born 1933). 

Funny thing- Rootsweb crashes if you search for the last name Weddell.  I tried John Smith (works), Otha Weddell (doesn't work), Otha Smith (works), and John Weddell (doesn't work).  Strange.

Orel Weddell might be Orel Elsworth Weddell (born February 9, 1875) (found his WWI draft card), but there's no connecting info (nothing mentioning Otha, for instance).

In the documents that came with these photos, the cover of a keepsake book mentions a La Vita Hauser at a specific address in San Fernando, CA, as well as the keepsake book being given from Grandma Martin to Marie Weddell on October 2, 1939.  Most of the photos below are from the keepsake book.  There are several spots in the keepsake book that no longer have photos in those spots.  One of those entries, dated 1939, indicates that Bobby was then 6 years 6 months old, which could mean that Bobby Weddell was born in 1932 or 1933.  That would fit with the 1940 census listing.

Need more connections.



   Helen Ruth Huber

   Marie Bush, Otha Weddell

   Otha Weddell, Virgil Cook

   Orel Weddell

   Dot Gilbert

   Margaret Hubbard

   Li Vita, Orel Bell, Illegible

   Dot Jackson

   Brock Owens, Bob, Helen, Illegible

   Li Vita, Marie

   Junior Good

   Bobby Weddell, Bobby Morgan

   Grandma Kate, Li Vita

   Howard Lee Morgan, Bobby Weddell, Bobby Morgan



1927 Marie

December 1928 Marie Bush Otha Weddell

1928 Marie

1928 Otha

1929 Otha Illegible Cook And Marie

1929 Otha Weddell Virgil Cook

1932 Li Vita Marie

1932 Orel Weddell

1935 Dot Gilbert

1935 Grandma Martin And Illegible

1936 Wanda Illegible

1937 Bob

1938 Bobby Weddell 5 Bobby Morgan 4

1938 Howard Lee Morgan Bobby Weddell Bobby Morgan

1939 Balda And Bobby

1939 Bobby

1939 Bobby 6 Years

1939 Colleen And Wanda

1939 Grandma De Illegible Grandma Martin Grandma Weddell And Bobby

1939 Grandma Kate Li Veta

1939 Illegible Hollow Lake And Dam

1939 Li Vita Bessie And Pearl

1939 Livita Pearl Rose And Marie

Marie 1939

1939 Marie And Bobby

1939 Marie Bob And Balda

1939 Otha Marie And Bob

July 25, 1951

Bessie And Wanda

Bob And Cousins

Bobby 18 Months

Bobby 7 Weeks

Bobby 2 Months

Bobby 2 And A Half Years

Bobby 3 And A Half Years

Bobby 4 Months

Bobby 5 Months

Bobby And Grandma De Illegible

Bobby Morgan

Bobbys Sunday School Class

Bobby Weddell Bobby Morgan

Brock Owens Bob Helen Illegible


Dot Jackson

Edwin And Wanda


Ervan And Colleen

Grandma Martin And Bobby

Helen Illegible Bobby 15 Months

Helen Ruth Huber Age Unknown

Illegible And Jim Illegible

Illegible Car

Illegible Hollow Dam Li Vita And Bob

Junior Good

Li Vita And Bob On Lake

Li Vita Orel Bell And Illegible

Lonesome And Blue 18 And 19 Years Marie And Ruby

Ma Hardy Fay Holden Andy Hardy Mickey Rooney Judge Hardy Lewis Stone In Andy Hardys Private Secretary

Margaret Hubbard

Marie 18 Years

Marie And bob

Snaps San Fernando California

The Hubbards