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.
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.