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 7  

747 images in this set.


Merrill H Martin, born April 18, 1890, died August 30, 1960, born to Henry F Martin (born January 6, 1848, died January 17, 1926) and Alice C Martin (born July 26, 1858, died February 13, 1939), brother Forrest A Martin (born April 1888), brother Freeman Martin, married Emma J Unknown (born January 23, 1915, died October 23, 1996).

For John R Thompson, I found him in an existing tree.  I entered some of his data in Family Tree Maker 2009, but then I noticed that his tree may contain around 52,000 people, which is beyond the scope of this project (teacher/professor talk for 'I don't feel like doing it').  Here's the tree I found.  The tree extends much further back than what you see below.  Here's the part I copied:


   Vevia And Vonnie Hilward

   To Merril And Emma From Andy And Phyllis

   Sam McKenna

   Richard And Illegible, Born December 15, 1896, Dana Margaret Williams

   Milton Merrill, Long Beach, CA

   Merrill Illegible Martin, Born April 18, 1890, Son Of Alice And Illegible Martin

   Buzz Duncan

   Bill Manhe

   Mae MacGranahan

   Lila Morten

   Juba Hill, Age 16

  John R Thompson MD, son of Thomas Jefferson Thompson and Hannah Ann Tucker

    Herb Hoffa and John Blowitz

   Harry Sonnet

   Harold Mutchler

   Joseph and Lena Panattoni

   Sue and Sarah Osborne, Paul's daughter

   Charles Roland Cooper, 14 months old

   Austin Newel Martin, born August 12, 1884 to Illegible and Alice Martin

   Kenny Illegible

   Mary Cooper and Buddy

   Jack, June, Joy

   Jack Kelley, born 1920

   1913, Louise Kelly

   1894, Grandma and Grandpa Levi Nason



1894 Grandma And Grandpa Levi Nason

1913 Louise Kelly


1921 Alivera Mom Holding Jack Me Illegible At Medina, OH 1

1922 Jack Kelly 2 Years Old Dad And Aunt Olive Took Me To Harnes Photo Shop They Said I Was Good And Cooperated


1924 Aunt Illegible Jack And June Pittsburgh

1924 Or 1925 Jack June At Age When I Lived With Illegible And Mae And Jack And June

1925 Fort Lauderdale, FL

1925 Venetian Pools, Coral Gables, FL

1927 Jack Kelly Pittsburgh

1929 Jean Illegible Jack June

1929 Kellys And Hilliards, Forrestville, PA

1930 Jack June Joy

1930 Mommy And Jack Pittsburgh PA That Illegible Of Mine Was Black Illegible An Collar And Sleeves Hat Illegible Red By Dobbs

1930 Mommy June And Jack

December 8, 1931 Baby Charley Roland Cooper This Is My Landlady She Just Worships The Baby

1931 Cousin Jack Pittsburgh

1931 Jack Age About 10 Or 11 2 Pups

August 8, 1932 Charley Roland 1 Year

May 7, 1935 Stewart School Ludington, MI

August 25, 1935

August 1935


1936 Mary Cooper And Buddy 1 Year

1936 Medina, OH

1936 Niagra Falls

1936, About, Dad

1936, About, Mother

1937 Concord, MA

1937 Jack

1937 Long Island

1937 Plymouth Rock

1937 West Point


October 8, 1939 State Fair

October 8, 1938

1938 Jack Kelly Me At Black House Pittsburgh

1938 Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

1938 Travers Creek Jack And Harry


April 22, 1939, June, 16

April 25, 1939

April 25, 1939 Kenny Illegible

May 8, 1939

May 22, 1939 Bill Manhe

May 22, 1939 Buzz Duncan

May 22, 1939 Mrs Sproul

May 22, 1939 Wayne Illegible

May 22, 1939

June 30, 1939


October 4, 1944

1944 Ardmore OK US Army Air Force

1946 Mason Hospital

1946 New York

Spring 1946


December 25, 1948 Our Fire

February 1949 Joseph And Lena Panattoni My Aunt And Uncle Josie Taken Los Angeles CA

1951 A B Lewis

June 1952

February 9, 1953 Halloween 1952 Sue And Ann

February 9, 1953 Sue And Sara Osborne Pauls Daughter

February 9, 1953

September 1953 Monterey Bay

September 1953 Monterey Bay 2

September 1953 Yosemite National Park

May 27, 1954 Track Meet 1st 2nd Johnson 3rd Ich 43rd Div Arty 4th Murphy Now 5th Div Arty

September 11, 1954 To Merril And Emma From Andy And Phyllis

February 1955This Is Me In My Uniform Big Deal M4 Heal

December 25, 1955 At My Sisters Front Door

December 25, 1955 Look Illegible Dont You

December 25, 1955 Looking At A Illegible Gift From Mimi Thats My Harp Behind Me

December 25, 1955 Looking At The Lights

December 25, 1955 My Sisters Cat

October 18, 1956 Taken At Illegible On The Mill Deck All My Love

January 1958 Charley

December 1958

January 1959

August 1959 Airman Gorman Structural Station Pease AFB

August 1959 Old Fire Pump Portsmouth NH 2

August 1959 Old Time Fire Pump Portsmouth NH

August 1959 Structural Station

September 1960

February 1961 Riverside Calif

May 1961 Crazy Horse Taken From Patio With Sculptor Illegible South Dakota

May 1961 Mt Rushmore South Dakota

September 1967

September 1968

2 Weeks Old Losing His Hair Now What Coming In Now Much Lighter Almost White Big Question Will It Be Red Too

6 Mo Getting A Little Bit Sleepy Notice He Can Hold His Own Bottle

6 Mo Hes Sitting In His Play Pen

6 Mo Sitting In Bath Block Caught His Eye This Is How He Looks When Concentrating

6 Months Alan Greeting A New Day

Agadir Earthquake Morocco

Albany, NY

Austin Newel Martin B 08121884 Son Of Illegible And Alice Martin

Bruces Birthday

Buck And Illegible The Stables Hes Doing The Illegible Step

Charles Roland Cooper 14 Months Old

Chris Age 4 Weeks

Christ Bankert

Christmas Eve

Cutoff Of All The Dogs On East Hill

Dado Love Always Dolly

D-Day Gray Beach K-9 Albert


Fairies Park

George Bair And PO Crew


Grandpa, Uncle Illegible, And Uncle Illegible

Group Of NW People At NW Illegible At Sycamore Grove Near Los Angeles

Harold Mutchler

Harry Sonnet

Herb Joffa John Blowitz

Ill And Buck See The Horse Trailer Behind Belongs To Hal Jackson Ill From Texas Ill

Illegible And Her Sister Nettie Pittsburgh

Illegible School Pittsburgh PA Jack Kelley Age 6 Years

Illegible School Pittsburgh PA Jack Kelly Age 5 Years

Illegible School Pittsburgh PA Jack Kelly Age 7 Years

Illegible School PIttsburgh PA Jack Kelly Age 9 Years

Jack 6 Months

Jack And Mommy In Georges One And Only Car Kedzie Street

Jack At South Beach Several Weeks Illegible He Rode Around All Alone

Jack From Aunt Olivia Sunday January 8 In Tucson Illegible Recreation Center Illegible The Desert And Illegible

Jack Up A Tree

John R Thompson MD Son Of Thomas Jefferson Thompson And Hannah Ann Tucker

Juba Hill Age 16

Keddie Mommy Aunt Lizzie

Kedzie Street

Kellys Grassings Basks Regina Wendell Hookers McClures

Lila Morten

Lt Kelly

Mae MacGranahan

Marie Pete Mr And Mrs Rehklam And Friends

Meddia And Mommy

Merrill Illegible Martin B 04181890 Son Of Alice And Illegible Martin

Merrill Illegible Martin B 04181890 Son Of Alice And Illegible Martin 2

Milton Merrill Long Beach, CA

Morocco 50 Francs Side 1

Mother On Panky

Mother, Mommy, Olive


Our Shack

Pa Schmidt, Medina, OH

Party At Sonnets

Paul, John, Scott

Port Lyautey, Kenitra, Morocco

Post Card Sylvan Lake


Postcard Ferndale CA

Richard And Illegible Born December 15, 1896, Dana Margaret Williams One Year Old Illegible 2

Sam McKenna

Stables At Kelvedon Hall

Stack 880 Runner

Taken At Palm Beach Several Weeks Ago We Ate Under This Hut On Some Millionaires Private Beach

This Was Taken Last July Weekend I Was Illegible With Walter This Car Is A Whippet Coach Taken Near Flushing MI

Trixie My First Dog Georges Dog Pal

Verdun Et Les Champs De Bataille

Vevia And Vonnie Hilward

Virginia In Front Seat Vesta In Back

Wall Around Rabat, Morocco