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 6  

254 images in this set.



In other documents included with these photos is a news clipping, a marriage announcement, Mary Virginia Kennard to George Carl Oldoerp in Bellflower, CA.  Matron of honor Ruth E Kennard, bridesmaids Shirley Dooley, Beverlyann Oldoerp, flower girls Donna Marie Oldoerp, Beverly Hardesty, ring bearer Don Allan Kennard, best man Charles E Patton, ushers Robert James Kennard, Richard P Hardesty, candles lit by Lorraine Hardesty, Anne Bowen.  From the clipping:

   George Carl Oldoerp
George Carl Oldoerp Jr
Mary Virginia Kennard (brother Charles W Kennard)
  Nettie C Kennard

Another news clipping indicates that Charles W Kennard was deployed aboard the SS Slatejerdike.

There is a birth announcement, Christine Michelle Oldoerp, born on a specific date in 1981, born to Gloria M Illegible and George J Oldoerp.

There is a Fall 1981 transcript from Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA for Mary V Kerr, at a specific address in Long Beach, CA.

There is another news clipping, an obituary for Nettie Cinda, daughters Mary Virginia Kerr, Pearl Ellen Schultz.  There's enough people that it's getting hard to keep track of, so here's a tree generated in Family Tree Maker 2009:



   Herman McVay

   Grandmother Powell

   Barbara Taylor

Aunt Lorraine, Beverly Jane, Mommie, Me


June 12, 1944 Park In Laredo

January 1974

May 1974

January 25, 1978 Ameteh Corporate Office Paoli PA

February 1980

October 1980

January 1981

February 1981

August 1981

July 1982

October 1982

1988 Christmas Big Bear

1988 Christmas Big Bear Lake

1990 Postcard Railway Station, Emerald, Queensland Australia

May 1991 Bottom Of Illegible Muddy Ever Since July Weed Still Growing

October 5, 1993

Age 10 Days

Age 13 Days

Aunt Loraine, Beverly Jane, Mommie And Me Donnie

First Illegible Class Barbara Taylor

Grandmother Powell, Aunt Loraine, Beverly, Mommie, Me

Grandmother Powell, Beverly Jane, And Me Donnie

Herman McVay

Illegible Kennard

Nothing Like A Nice Cool Drink On A Sunny California Day

One Of The City Parks And Elderly Folks Recreation Center

Our Trip Home From The Hospital

Postcard Cinderella Motor Hotel, Shawnee, OK

Postcard Lagonita Lodge, Big Bear Lake, CA

Postcard UL Catholic Church LL Interior UR Catacombe Church LR Interior

Three In A Pod