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 7A  

In the same batch of photos (Family 7) I got a framed montage (10 images) for Corporal Joseph C DeLuca, Airtransport Command, 1943-1946.  These photos are included as a separate family because they were a set labeled as having to do with this one specific guy.

10  images in this set.



I tried to find more of his family tree, but even with the family info in his obit below, I wasn't able to find anything that isn't already there.

From his obituary in the Desert Sun here:

Joseph DeLuca was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, to Italian immigrants Cristo and Mary (Maiocco) DeLuca on Feb. 21, 1922. When he was 12 years old, he had a paper route and he won a trip to the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. He also worked for a Pontiac dealer when he was in high school. After graduating high school in 1940, he went to Baltimore to work for Glen L. Martin Aircraft. He was drafted in 1942, and after basic training he was sent to aircraft engine repair school in Glendale, California. It was at this time me met the love of his life, Anna Berardini, at the Hollywood Palladium where all the servicemen used to go to meet people. After he finished school, he was engaged to Anna and was transferred to Las Vegas for arctic training; it was then they decided to get married. So Anna and her dad went to Las Vegas, New Mexico by train and they were married in the base chapel. After he was discharged from the service, he got a job working in a jewelry shop. He went to school nights and weekends to learn diamond setting and jewelry manufacturing. By 1947 he had an idea to pick up and deliver to jewelry stores, doing their repairs and diamond setting. He eventually had routes in the LA area. Then in 1950 they decided to open a retail store and a shop in the back on Crenshaw in Los Angeles, from there he went to Westchester and opened up another street store. Then he decided to expand four stores in the local malls then found he didn't need all those headaches and scaled back to the Westchester location until retirement. They then moved to Rancho Mirage (their getaway) to do nothing but enjoy each other, but he got bored and got the bug and bought a small store. Then he was offered the El Paseo location, which is still going strong under the management of Fernando Olivares. He was also active in Knights of Columbus, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Order of Alhambra and Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He leaves his wife, Anna, of 70½ years; son Joseph (Peppi); daughter, Annamaria; granddaughter, Christina; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by their son, Christopher Michael, in 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be given to...



It's Corporal De Luca.



September 19, 1944 Passed By Army Base 0455 Examiner

At Work

Illegible The Wind Was Blowing Hard Sometime Does Illegible

Passed By Army Base 0455 Examiner

Working On An Engine Of A Plane