When a 50-year-old camera caught photographer Alex Galmeanu‘s eye on eBay, he bought it, not thinking much of anything unexpected happening.
However, when the camera arrived, he realized there was a roll of film still in it, exposed but undeveloped.
The film looked decades old, and Galmeanu hoped that there would be something interesting to be found on it. Film doesn’t always stand the test of time, but on finding a roll that had been forgotten for so long, he knew he had to take the chance.
“Of course I had it developed right away,” he wrote on his blog, “and, as a surprise again, I was able to recover 10 quite usable images, especially when considering their age.”
The images showed a small wedding in a country setting, and based on the clothes and cars, Galmeanu determined the wedding took place sometime in the 1970s.
He also knew that the film, made by Kodak, was produced between 1963 and 1974. He was also able to tell by the cars that the wedding took place in England.
Fascinated by this mysterious wedding party, Galmeanu started sleuthing.
This is hardly the first time mysterious old photos from the past have been resurrected. In fact, there’s an entire project dedicated to rescuing and, if possible, identifying old photos.
But tracking down this family would wind up needing the help of the internet and the BBC.