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 5  

Family 5 appears to be a mix of more than one family.  Among other differences, there are photos of a Caucasian family and an African American family, but very few photos with both Caucasian and African American people together.  I would guess, if these two families were part of the same family/group, that there would be more pictures with people from both families/groups in the same picture.

419 images in this set.



I had such high hopes to find info for the Fisher/Pollard family.  6 different people, all born about the right time and with similar names.  It looked like it would fit, but I was unable to any connections.

I also had hopes of finding something about USAF Major Joseph C Dixon, but no luck there either.

There are several magazines, news clippings, and letters that came with this packet, including several letters to a Lottie Sponheimer.

There is an envelope, dated February 21, 1919, addressed to Mrs. A O Sponheimer of Galena, IL.

There is another envelope, dated June 13, 1940, also addressed to Mrs. A O Sponheimer, at a specific address in Galena, IL.

Note: I didn't follow this backward, partly because there appears to be an extensive and active group working on the Upham family genealogy, and partly because I'm interested in figuring who the people are in these photos, which would mean going forward, not backward.  Sponheimer family tree, brief look:

Adam Otto Sponheimer, born about 1872 in Ireland
  Charles H Upham, born about 1854 in Massachusetts
Lottie E Sponheimer nee Upham, born January 17, 1884 in Wisconsin or Minnesota, died June 10, 1977 in Galveston, TX
  Eliza C Upham, born about 1860 in Wisconsin
  Elizabeth P Upham, born about 1859 in Wisconsin

There is a piece of paper with the heading "village ticket," listing president E B Emberson, trustee W M Kloak, trustee Jos Osborne, trustee S D Taylor, clerk C M Hjerleid, treasurer C H Upham, assessor W Dyer, constable W J Wardwell.  Connection to Mary Dyer (pictured below)?

There is a scrap of paper, Thomas Minor 1811-1894, Frances Upham Minor 1830-1907.

There is another scrap of paper, Clarence N Upham 1860-1872, Mary Young Illegible 1810-1895.

There is another scrap of paper, Clarence N, son of J H and F R Upham, died August 16, 1873, aged 13 years, 9 months, 6 days (which would make the date of birth November 10, 1859).

There is another scrap of paper, Clayton B Upham of the firm Charles H Upham Co of DeSoto, Mis has passed away at age of 33 years.  Born at Hartsville, Berkshire County, Mass, on April 27, 1863, leaves wife and 4 children (Chester, Clarence, Nellie, Cyril), buried at DeSoto, Mis.

There is a life insurance booklet, Franklin Life Insurance, signed Arthur William Gleicester of Chicago, IL, with a specific address in Redlands, CA and several prior specific addresses (Upland CA, Cucamonga CA, Chicago IL), with regular entries from March 30, 1944 to December 30, 1963.

There is USAF paperwork for Major Joe C Dixon, dated August 20, 1954, from 461st Air Base Group, Hill Air Force Base, UT, including training quizzes and a certificate of familiarity for B-26 type aircraft and C-47 type aircraft.

There is a prayer book presented to H E Loyd Whitesell on September 24, 1906 by Mrs. A M K Snyder.



   Alveda Jean, born either 1960 or 1961

    Audrey Jean Fisher from New Jersey

   Brian Keith Pollard (2.5 months old)

   Nat Fisher, in Navy as of February 9, 1983

    Sharon (4.5 years old), Renee (3 years old), and Brian (2.5 months old)

   Barbara (8.5 years old)

    Bob (class of 1952)

    Edna and Frank Jr



    Jacqueline and husband (unknown)

    Joseph C Dixon, Major, USAF

   Lisa Sprotge, Russian

    Mary Dyer, four years old



July 10, 1929

August 28, 1938 Strasbourg

November 2, 1942

April 1943

August 15, 1943

September 1944 Misfire


September 11, 1945

Future Wife 1945

April 5, 1946

June 1946

September 22, 1946

September 1947 France

September 1947

April 20, 1948

Summer 1948 Jacqueline With Her Husband


September 25, 1949

March 1950

May 6, 1950


Class Of 1952 All My Love Bob

January 17, 1955 USAF Major Joseph C Dixon

September 1955

December 1956

April 1957

July 1957

Marge's Trip To Berlin August 23-26 1957 Marge At The Central Russian War Memorial British Sector

February 20, 1958 USAF Major Joseph C Dixon

August 1958

September 1958

November 1959

1961 Christmas First Alveda Jean 7 Months Old

1961 To 1962 Scottsburg

September 8, 1962 Knotts Berry Farm With Della And Jene

February 1966

June 1969

September 1971

September 1974 Fort Mason

September 1974 Fort Point Lookout

September 1974 From Telegraph Hill

September 1974 Golden Gate Lookout

September 1974 Golden Gate Vista

September 1974 Top Telegraph Hill

March 1978

February 9, 1983 Nat Fisher

August 1987

July 1991

A Shot Of D E At The Cabin In Arkansas

At The Airmans Club

At The NCO Club

At The NCO Club Our Friend Took Us Here He Is A Sgt

Audrey Jean Fisher NJ

Barbara 8 And A Half Years

Brian Keith Pollard 2 And A Half Months Old

Chateau De Valencay

Edna And Frank Jr

Eds Roadster

Emma Illegible Earl And Della From Bea And Earl




Hazel Hill Grove City College Library Where She Worked


Junior Age 4 And A Half Years

Kennys Teacher Mrs Bates


Liberation Of Paris

Lisa Sprotge Russian

Marianne Berker Frankfurt Germany

Mary Dyer Four Years Old

Me And Mine

My Little Man

My Little Soldier


Postcard 4 Front

Postcard Chateau De Meillant

Sharon 4 And A Half Years Renee 3 Years Brian 2 And A Half Months

Tachikawa West Base Exchange Photo Shop

Tachikawa West Base Exchange Photo Shop 2

The Gal That I Made Cry

This Is The Front Of The Movie

USS Twining