Discarded, lost, neglected….until now.

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

I’ve decided to go ahead and start sharing the content of this site. My goal is to develop film that I find in discarded cameras and along with discarded memory cards left in cameras to this site. I used to see these cameras in thrift stores and I could see through the “window” on the rear of the camera that there was film left inside! I could not believe that someone would just toss, or give away a camera that still has film loaded, possibly with family photos that are sure to be lost forever! So, I decided to start this. I’ll probably accept images from others who have, or decide to do this as well. Just today I learned of another site called http://www.rescuedfilm.com/#!contribute-film/c1n4x and they recently obtained and developed 31 rolls of undeveloped, exposed film from WWII! Unbelievable.

Although I have not ventured into developing the film myself (probably later this year), I admire the work they do.

So far, the most interesting photos I’ve come across, are from an old Kodak Tourist camera I purchased at an antique mall for $20, this camera was in production from May of 1951 until 1958. The camera I purchased looked brand new, still in the original box and…….yeah, there was film inside. So, I brought it home, wound the film and sent it off for developing. There were two exposures on the roll and here they are. The license plate on the car looks to be 1956, so I can only imagine that these two photos were taken in 1956 and the camera was stored away until I purchased it. The baby in the photo is most likely 59 years old today. I purchased this camera in King George, Virginia, but who knows where the camera came from, or where the pictures were taken.

 

The menu to the right will take you to other posts with images, if there were any to be recovered. Upper right hand corner is the “Home” button, to bring you to the front of this site.

 

Almost lost forever….

 

This camera is in mint condition and contained these two photographs

This camera is in mint condition and contained these two photographs

 

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5 Comments

  1. Betsy Miles
    May 16, 2016

    Hi, I saw your article in today’so paper. I admire all the time and effort you go through to bring these rolls of film to life. It will probably be easier to scan the pictures once your facebook is up. It’s so sad that these pictures are out there and no one has claimed them. I have quite a lot of undeveloped film I found recently. I don’t know of anywhere in town who developed these. Where do you get your film developed? In the article, it said you send them off, but didn’t give any more information. I would really appreciate your help. Thank you and your wife for the endless hours you spend on this project. I can’t imagine how thrilling it will be for someone to recognize someone close to them.)

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  2. Tammy
    May 16, 2016

    I love that you are doing this. I had a camera stolen once with great pics I had taken on vacation. So maybe there will be the one to find that special day lost in time.

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    • ron@rccfotograf.us
      May 16, 2016

      Hi Tammy. I can only hope to reunite some of these pictures.

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