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.

  • 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 8  

148  images in this set.


Found some hits for Harry Kim in Reedly, CA, but with more than one Harry Him and no corroborating info (other relatives, date of birth, etc.), I can't pin anything down to being the right guy.



Eh.  Hardly any last names, no meat to chew on.



April 1947

August 1952

July 1952 Jerrys First Birthday

July 1952


December 25, 1954 Jerry Age 3 And A Half Years Old

December 1954

July 1955 Bought Jerry A Red Tractor For His Birthday

July 1955


September 22, 1957

October 20, 1957 Entrance

October 20, 1957 Flamingos Florida Bird Asleep In The Background

October 20, 1957 Hibiscus In The Background

October 20, 1957 This Man Wanted To Put All The Parrots On Illegible So You Can See Him Pushing The Mans Arm Away

October 1957 On Our Way To Florida

October 1957

November 1957 Florida Jerry Betty And I At The Zoo

November 1957 Florida

December 1957 Florida Jerry In Swimming Pool

December 1957 Florida, Jerry And I In Pool

December 1957 Florida

1957 Jerry At Kindergarten


January 1958 San Francisco Zoo 2

April 1958 Florida Jerry And His Easter Treasures

April 1958 Florida Jerry In His Winter Coat

May 30, 1958 Miami Airport

May 1958 Miami

June 1958 Disneyland

June 1958 Disneyland Near Entrance

June 1958 Entrance To Disneyland

June 1958 Flying Dumbo

June 1958 Golden Gate Park

June 1958 Harry Kims House Reedley, CA

June 1958 Illegible Fishing Illegible

June 1958 Jerry Los Angeles

June 1958 Jerry, Los Angeles

June 1958 Knotts Berry Farm

June 1958 Marjorie Holmes And Jerry, NYC

June 1958 San Francisco Zoo

June 1958 Santas Village

June 1958 Tijuana, Mexico

July 1, 1958 Illegible And Jerry In Moms Front Yard

August 1958

October 1958 On Our Way To Florida

December 20, 1958 This Is Rocky With Keith And Jerry In The Front Of Illegible House

1958 Florida

1958 Miami Beach On The Boat

February 1959

April 1959 This Is The New Pontiac

June 1959 Kays Car 1956 Pontiac Station Wagon

June 1959 Taken At Huntington Beach

June 1959

July 1959 Allegan Street

July 1959

December 1959

1959 Allegan Street, Whittier, CA

1959 Mothers Day

April 1959

May 1960 Vacation To Hono

March 1961

June 1961 Jerry And Mike Bain

June 1961

April 1962

May 1962

June 17, 1962 Mad Tea Cup Ride

June 1965 Lenn Monkey King Nuthead

June 1965 Lenn Monkey King Nuthead Comic Book My Favorite Martian August 1964

July 1968

October 1968

April 1969 This Was Taken From The Illegible Gardens Illegible Baby With Us

August 29, 1983 Mom In 3 Months Will Be 90 Years Old Taken In Front Of Haras House

August 29, 1983

July 1986

August 1986 Jerry At His Mobile Home

May 1988 Jerrys Mobile Home

May 1988 Mobile Home Kay Jerry George Tong

Kay Auld 1990

September 18, 1993

1993 Greeting Card Side 1 Dear Jerrys Caroline

July 28, 2007 Family Picture At Haras 90th Birthday At Embassy Suites

Changs 1957 Pontiac Star Chief Isnt It A Beauty

July 2 Grandma Illegible Mickey

Radio City, NYC