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After thinking for a while, it hit me. Why would we even bother to write our names on back? We all know who we are, so there's no need to jot down a name when we already know what that name is. Besides, if people we don't know look at photo, why would they even care to know who's in photo? Unless, of course, they're curious about that gas station, in which case they could turn photo over to find out that it was somewhere on road to Lake Henry.
So here they sit: all these photos from 1800s and early 1900s with no clues as to who most of these people are. Personally, I want to know who they are, as I'm sure many of you do, too. Unfortunately, some people discard their nameless photos. Fortunately, some people find them.
Even more fortunately, Internet has opened a big, big door. Now we can scan those found unknown "genealogy orphans" onto our computers, post them onto DeadFred.com and increase chances that someone will help fill in blanks. It happens every day now. Who would have thought?
Anyway, I'm going to get those 1980s undeveloped film rolls developed real soon and share them with you. I might need some help identifying a few of people in them.
Raised in Southern New Jersey, Joe Bott is an avid photograph collector and mastermind behind DeadFred.com. After accumulating thousands of old photos over the past 30 years, Joe decided to transform his hobby into a full-time activity for his retirement. Now DeadFred.com is a popular public resource for people like you to explore the past through pictures.