Photographs have been the way for people to capture and keep memories for over a century.
Once a sign of wealth and status, photography quickly became available to all thanks to the rapid development of photographic films and cameras.
Pretty soon, taking a photo was as simple as pressing a button, and generations of kids grew up snapping photos.
Today, it’s even easier to take a photo, and you don’t even have to wait for it to get developed, thanks to digital technology. In fact, we take so many photos, we almost have to learn to hold back a bit!
But just like anything else, some memories don’t last, even though someone went through the trouble of taking a picture.
In the 20th century, thousands of rolls of film have been forgotten and left by the wayside.
Some get destroyed, but others simply get shoved back into dark corners, where they wait for someone to find them.
And sometimes, what gets lost gets found again. Like the letter that found its way to a Korean War veteran 63 years later, these photos are being unearthed and showing us new views of history that might have otherwise been lost forever.
It’s all thanks to the Rescued Film Project. This team of vintage and photography enthusiasts collects and develops old rolls of film from the 1930s to the late 1990s.
They have not only the technology to develop vintage film types, but can also restore film that has been damaged. They digitize the photos, too, so we can all see them!
Read on to see some of what they’ve found in their collection. Some of it is truly amazing!