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 33  

1,087 photos in this set.


   Keith Ida

   Leon Shugrue

   Red Sartin


1961 January

1963 August

1966 July To Aunt Kay And Uncle Red From Debbie Diana Daniel And Donna

1971 November 26 Death Valley Old Dinah Notes

1974 July

Curwood Castle

Grand Hotel

Higgins Lake

My Uncle Kens

The Water Gate Notes

Uncle Kens

1974 October

1974 September

1976 April 22 Keith Ida

1976 October Im PJ

1976 Thanksgiving Cheryl X

1977 Christmas Eight Months

1977 December 31 Big Bear

1977 December Big Bear See The Snow

1977 November 26 Death Valley

1977 November 26 Death Valley 20 Mule Team Notes

1977 November 26 Death Valley Railroad

1977 October

1977 October Six Months Halloween

1977 Thanksgiving

1978 April 22 Willy And Kim

1978 August 12 Buffy

1978 August 12 Halane Tawni And Buffy

1978 August 12 Tawni And Buffy

1978 Easter Eleven And A Half Months

1978 February

1978 January

1978 January Dad And Helene Dads New Office

1978 January Our New Office

1978 July 9 Final Day At Downtown Anaheim Office

1978 July Great Grandma Could Get Keith To Smile

1978 Mothers Day First Steps

1979 Chastant

1979 Christmas

1979 January

Germany Hamton

1980 Bridge Ex

1980 October Cheryl Four And A Half

1980 October Kevin Three

1980 October Lynda Seven

1980 September

1981 August

1981 January

1982 January

1984 February

1985 November

1985 October

1987 Christmas Joshua

1988 April

1988 April Josh Deanna Wedding

1989 July

1989 July Joshua Great Uncle Burl

1989 Third Grade

1991 December 24

1992 February 3

1992 March 4

 1992 March 18

1992 June 13

 1994 December

1995 June 17

1995 June 20

1995 June 30


1996 February 14

 1996 February

1997 January

 1997 February

 1997 May

 1997 June 17

1997 June Joshuas Picture

1997 June


1998 March 3

1998 May 26

1998 July Morgan One Year

1998 July Summer And Morgan One Year

1998 August

1998 Joshua Graduation


 1999 Kay Lyn And Morgan

2000 Christmas

2001 Christmas

2001 Disneyland

2003 May 13

2005 January 1

8th Grade


Barry And Burl At Trumans House

Barry And Josh

Barry And Teresa Wedding Reception


Bridge Ex

Bro Smith


Carol Lewana Bob Summer

Dad Bobby 17 Years Baby Morgan 6 And A Half Months Summer 17 Years



Don And Kaga

Eight Weeks

Feld Graff

First Pair Of Shoes

First Picnic Eight Weeks

First Sergeant Ellis

Five Months

Five Months Keith With Jennifer

Five Weeks Trip To Jim And Donnas

Four And A Half Months

Four Months


Germany Jim G

Germany Milly And Haul

Granpa Red

Happy Birthday

Herbie And Kristy First Birthday


Jennifer Jeanne 24 Days Old

Joshua In Tube

Keith Arriving At Aunt Bettys Seven Weeks

Keith Eight Weeks

Keith First Trip J And D Halpin Six Weeks

Keith Five Months



Larry Jim And Unknown


Leon Shugrue



Motor Pool

October 1 Desiree Brown Year Illegible Maybe 1995

One And One Half Days Old


People Britch

Proud Grandpa And Uncle Keith 4 Weeks

Red Sartin

Seven Months

Six Months

Six Weeks


Ten Weeks


Three Months


Trip To California Twelve Months

Vickys Wedding