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.

  • 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 15   

479  images in this set.


Based on letters included with these photos, Ana appears to be Anna Maria Arroyo, daughter of Maria L Loya and Robert Loya.  Anna attended the Saint Matthias Catholic Girls High School in Huntington Park, CA.  Anna was alive at least as recently as 2008 and may still be alive, so I'm stopping here.



   Ana Maria Arroyo



May 1954

February 1957

July 1958

November 1958

1958 Grand Canyon


May 5, 1962 To Uncle Bob And Auntie Masy From Pats

December 1963 8 Yrs Old To Auntie Mary Love Stephen

1963 To Auntie Mary Love Berla Age 6

1964 Christmas


January 1, 1965 Big Bear

January 1, 1965 Big Bear Illegible

January 1, 1965 Big Bear, Rob

January 1, 1965 Dad Illegible Big Bear

January 1, 1965 Martie Mary Cabin 10500 Dollars

January 1, 1965 Rob Dad Big Bear

January 2, 1965 0500 PM Sunset On San Gabriel Freeway

January 1965 Olvera Street

January 1965


August 1966 Boulder Dam

August 1966 Crater

August 1966 Hannegan's Meadow

August 1966 Sunset Crater

August 1966 Zion Canyon


1968 New Years Parade

1968 New Years Parade Margarita From Chile SA


January 10, 1970 To Uncle Bob Aunt Mary Ree And Rob With Love Mark And Margo

March 28, 1970 0330 AM Angeles Crest Back Of Mount Wilson Comet Bennett

New Year 1973

May 1974


January 1977

March 1977

March 3, 1979

March 1979

June 1979

November 1979 15 Note Vehicle Assembly Building Kennedy Space Center

November 1979

January 1980

March 9, 1980 Seal Beach CA LtoR Anna Daugh Paula Dinlaw Robby Son Mary Bobs Wife Bob My Husband Nellie My Sis A Favorite Of Bobs

March 9, 1980

March 1980

June 1980 To Aunt Mary Uncle Bob Love Always Richard Cheleta Ricard 3 Yr 2 Mo Cristina 2 Yr 3 Mo

January 1981

October 1981 I Love My Nina Mary Ruben 8 Years 4 Months

February 1983

Ana Maria Arroyo

Bob Mrs Luisas Husband

Christmas Greetings The Onates

Jesus Hernandez Rancho Los Amigos

Jo Anne Taffy And Chita Her Latest Edition Besides Two Cats

Las Vegas

Merry Christmas Happy New Year Tony Illegible And David

Nell And Pat


Shoihi Obata And Family

To Aunt Mary And Uncle Bob I Love Them David

To Ree Laya And Family Love Margo 11 Years

Vacation At The Canyon