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 13 

118  images in this set.


In the case of Jeffrey Alan Plank, the physical photo contains what appears to be his date of birth, not February 22, 1973- that's the data the photo was taken. His date of birth was removed because, at around 45 years old, he's very possibly still alive.

In the case of Maureen Laurence, the 3rd birthday photo (down in the photos section) indicates the exact date on which the picture was taken, giving her exact date of birth in 1941.  Maureen would be in her mid-70's now and could still be alive, so her date of birth was removed as well.

In the documents attached to this batch of photos, there's a birth announcement on a specific day for Jim Harvey Henson, born to Bill and Dory Henson.

There is an August 14, 1964 letter to Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Henson at a specific address in El Monte, CA. In the letter is a marriage announcement, on a specific day in 1964, bride Sandra Elaine Noble (daughter of Harold Clarence Cox), groom Lloyd Eugene McClain.  I started searching this thread, but it appears Sandra may still be alive, so I stopped.

There is a marriage invitation from Mrs. Gertrude Russell to the marriage of her daughter Paula Rose and Harry Edward Simmons on a specific day in 1941.  There is no envelope with this invitation.

There is a letter (no envelope) from Mary to Harvey, dated July 16, 1944.  Transcribed:

July 16, 1944
Dear Harvey:
Yes, you are quite right about my letter writing these days.  But Harv, I'm a pretty worried gal these days.  I'm just not much good.
I really always thought I had more courage than I am now displaying.  But I hear from Les so seldom these days.  You are in to see Alice more often than I hear from him.  My last letter from him was dated May 27th and that is some time ago.
About a month ago a sailor from Les ship came to see me.  I was so thankful to talk to someone who has seen him lately.  He told me all about Les and all the things he could not write to me.
I was so thrilled at hearing all about Les' adventures.  It wasn't until he left that I realized the close calls they have had.
They have not had a leave or even a 36 hour pass since January 16- imagine that.  They have been in 16 major battles, the main one being Gilbert and Marshalls and (?Truk? ?Fruk? illegible).  He also said that Les was on his way to Saipan when he left the ship.
The Belleau Wood has 3 Jap ships (planes) to her credit and has been missed by torpedos as close as 2 feet and 6 feet.
He had a picture of Les taken with the gang in the radio shop.  He looks well enough but so very thin.  He works hard and I guess the heat is terrific.  This kid of course had never known Les before, that he was a very quiet person and so serious, so I guess he has changed a lot.  He told me a lot more that would take hours to write.  As I kept talking until 10 o'clock on a Saturday night, until he left 4:00 in the afternoon Sunday.  But after he left I felt worse off than ever.
I guess I shall see Alice sometime next week as Lou phoned Alice would be a little later than she told me.
You're lucky kids to see the little you do of each other.  I'll keep my fingers crossed for your 3 month schooling.
As ever, Mary

There is a bachelor's degree for Harvey Henson, bachelor of Foreign Service, 1940, from USC.



   To Aunt Illegible With Love Susan Cury

   Susan Osterman

   Mary Ezetta and Ruth Holsinger

   Al Goddard

   Jeffrey Alan Plank, 2 years old, our great grandson

   Ediths Baby Beverly Bunna On Her First Birthday Thanksgiving Day At Our House In Santa Cruz

   December 1942, Robert Grey, age 15

   Debra Lee Knight, 6 weeks

   Charles Harvey

   Maureen Laurence



April 8, 1928

October 6, 1935 Mary Ezetta And Ruth Holsinger

September 1942

December 1942 Robert Grey Age 15

May 1 1944 William And Madeline And Williams Car Taken Mothers Day At Dorothys By Dorothy

May 1944 Taken At Dorothys By Her On Mothers Day William Madeline Papa And I

This Is Maureen On Her 3rd Birthday

1945 Taken As We Entered Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines On A Illegible

1948 Believe It Or Not

May 30 1953 Emma Poseys Grave

August 1962

January 1963 Al Goddard

March 1964 Vicki Jean Kindergarten 6 Years Old

February 1965

February 28 1971 Jasper Ida Ethel Mabel Lester

February 22, 1973 Jeffrey Alan Plank 2 Years Old Our Great Grandson

Charles Harvey

Dad Working

Daisy Eddie And Maureen

Daisy Eddie And Maureen Eddie Turned His Head

Debra Lee Knight 6 Weeks

Ediths Baby Beverly Bunna On Her First Birthday Thanksgiving Day At Our House In Santa Cruz

Les, 7 Years Old

Maureen Laurence

Mr Djou Took Diplomatic Law And Practice

Mrs McDonald

Peggy Rae And Janet Kay

Postcard 1 Movieland Wax Museum Glen Ford Teahouse Of The August Moon 1956

Postcard 10 Arizona Cactus Wren And Saguaro Blossoms

Postcard 11 Palace Of Living Art And Movieland Wax Museum Buena Park, CA

Postcard 12 Movieland Wax Museum John Wayne Hondo 1954

Postcard 13 Queen Mary Long Beach CA

Postcard 14 Rose Gardens At Exposition Park Los Angeles CA

Postcard 15 USC And Rose Garden Los Angeles CA

Postcard 2 Wonderful View Of Yokatsu Sea Park

Postcard 3 Movieland Wax Museum Humphrey Bogart And Katharine Hepburn In African Queen 1951

Postcard 4 The Conestoga Wagon By Marshall Dussinger

Postcard 5 Movieland Wax Museum Rudolph Valentino In Son Of The Sheik 1926

Postcard 6 Wild Jackalope

Postcard 7 Movieland Wax Museum Ward Bond In Wagon Train

Postcard 8 Greetings From Dateland Southern California Indio-Palm Springs Area

Postcard 9 Bunches Of Luscious California Dates In A Coachella Valley Date Garden

Susan Osterman

To Aunt Illegible With Love Susan Cury

Uncle John Aunt Julia