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 29  

128 photos in this set.


1965 December Phyllis Christmas

1966 September Embarkation

1966 November Louden And Gail At Sea World

1966 November

1966 December 26

1966 December Bobby

1966 December Loudene

1967 January Loudene And Lars In Mexico

1967 January Loudene

1967 January Loudene Lars And Illegible

1967 January 8

1967 September At Desians Tea House Loudene And Margaret Davis

1967 September Margaret And Les

1967 September Margaret Davis

1967 December

1968 August M Pease

1968 September Bagpiper And Crowd At Pier SF

1968 September Fog Skirts

1968 September Japan

1968 September Kyoto Nicky And Golden Pavilion

1968 Summer At Universal

1968 Summer M And E Pease At Universal

1968 November

1969 June

1970 February At Date Festival

1970 February In Palm Springs

1970 February Sadie And Sylvia Date Illegible

1970 October

1970 October Effie And Loudene Apple Trip

1970 October Effie Apple Trip

1970 October Halloween

1971 December Howard Bob Phyllis Christmas

1971 December Loudene Phyllis Christmas

1971 December Phyllis Howard Bobs Illegible Christmas

1972 May Edith Effie Orchid Question Mark Santa Barbara

1972 May Edith Ramona Loudene Santa Barbara

1972 May Ramona Edith Effie Santa Barbara

1972 September Edith And Loudene SF

1972 September Illegible SF Bay SF

1972 September Loudene SF

1972 October Loudene Jean Universal Studios

1972 October Loudene Sylvia Edith Universal Studios

1972 October Sylvia Edith Illegible Universal Studios

Aw Book Haw Garden

Black Canyon Of Gunnerson

Cedar Illegible

Garden Coin Pavilion

Garden Of Fujiya Hotel

Garden Of The Gods

Illegible Botanic Garden

Illegible Lanterne

Illegible Makke Girl

Illegible Wedding Of The Pig And The Rabbit

India S12386 New Delhi Birla Temple People Outside The Street Entrance

India S12425 Delhi The Ghandi Cremation Site Women On Pilgrimage Leaving The Grounds

India S12440 Delhi Chandi Chowk Area Crowded Street In The Business District

India S12460 Bangalore People On A Busy Street The Pink Mosque In The Background

India S12498 Vellore Area Ox Drawn Irrigation Device In A Cultivated Field

India S12554 Vellore Christian Medical College Hospital The Main Entrance

India S12626 Calcutta Jain Temple At The End Of A Crowded Street

India S1433 Agra The Taj Mahal

Jordan Road Ferry

Jordan Road Kowloon

Kowloon Canton Railway Station

Lai Young Park Kowloon

Laughing Buddha

Monarch Pass 2 Feet Snow

Monarch Pass

Near Concord

Pakistan FF166 Fenri Area Mileage Marker On The Dacca Chittagong Road

Pakistan MI2961 Dacca Helicopter Deplaning Passengers From Faridpur

Pakistan S12914 Dacca Area Land Under Cultivation In The Burhiganga River Delta

Pakistan S12928 Dacca Jinnah Avenue A Busy Street In The Business District

Pakistan S13056 Feni Bus Stop In The Business District

Pakistan U704 Dacca Children Returning Home From School

Pakistan12950 Dacca Street Vendors In The Sardaghat Area Near The River Front

Pakistant S13152 Hajiganj Village Jute Mill Minaret At Left

Peak Tram

Pikes Peak Garden Of The Gods

Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge Outside


Street Scene Kowloon

View Of Tiger Balm Garden

Wong Tai Shin Area Kowloon