These found photographs document tender and intimate moments of life, few if any seem shot by trained photographers. Many are voyeuristic and all are divorced from their original function; as such, they offer our imaginations the enjoyment of completing their stories.

Most of the photos were taken to remember an occasion; document loved ones, a new possession, or someone’s immediate surrounding to send to far away relatives. Yet, these seemingly mundane moments were special to those living them–often brief moments of leisure and joy in a century dominated by workaholics. Looking back, we can only speculate about the value each of these moments held to the people that shared them.