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Cars, Cats and Christmas (Case #019)

(THIS CAMERA WAS FOUND DURING FILMING OF A CTV SPECIAL ON MYSTERIOUS DEVELOPMENTS, CLICK HERE TO SEE THE STORY)

The Camera
Canon Powershot A60. A point and shoot camera released in 2003. Featured a whopping 2 Megapixels and 3x Optical Zoom.

The Film
SanDisk 256MB Compact Flash Card. Again, state of the art at the time, but now a days you wont see them sold under 16GB!

The Images
If the meta data is correct, these images were taken between 2007 and 2010.

2007
There are 103 photos taken at a car show on February 25th. I only included some creative highlights, as well as some faces. Alberta licence plates and towns clearly visible on cars and advertising. If it’s Calgary, it’s likely at the Stampede grounds.

The next day our photographer took a video of a funny Tylenol commercial off their TV screen….

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There’s a few photos of what couple be the photographer’s backyard, and car taken in March 2007. Alberta licence plates are shown. The area looks distinctively NorthWest Calgary, or a town like Canmore or Banff, Alberta. If the car show images weren’t enough to tell you this individual loved cars, then take note at this spotless beauty. paint job is great, and looks newly washed even though it’s winter.

In August our unknown photographer saw fit to capture images of this rare animal….The Walkable TabbyCat!

October photos show two men and a young boy at a  kitchen table. The man in the blue and white shirt is my best guess as photographer.

2008
There’s a smattering of photos and video taken throughout the year. A total of 23. A few nice cars, with people posing in front, and the front of what’s likely their house during Christmas. It’s a shaky image but you can tell they went all out on the festivities ;) I’m more inclined to believe the meta data is correct, as the Christmas lights photo shows December 30th, at 9:51PM

The other thing that popped up in the 2008 collection is a short video of the unknown photographer’s TV set. An old show, Dotto Tech featuring info on an early Pentax DSLR. This gave me the impression he or she had high aspirations for their future shooting. “I want to record this so I can follow up on it later” is what it seemed to say to me. (I didn’t upload it due to its size.)

2009
Only 12 photos this year. I’m surprised to see almost the exact same thing. Flowers, show, a shot of the TV and a photo of a Christmas decoration taken on Xmas Day. There’s a couple older guys posing outside. One could be the photographer.

 

2010

Last photo, taken May 4th, 2010 at 10:29PM

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South Portland Fourth of July Parade (Case #017)

The Film

Kodak Gold 800. Not a lot of colour fading. The film isn’t anymore than 15 years old by this estimate alone.

The Camera

Unknown. Likely a point and shoot camera.

The Photos

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Looks like a 4th of July parade.

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The coolest dog i’ve ever seen!

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After googling the sign, I learned these photos were taken in South Portland, Maine

 

 

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Summary

Images look 10 to 15 years old. The quality of the film has not faded than much. Images were taken in South Portland Maine on the Fourth of July.

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A Round and Around at the Silver Star Resort in Vernon BC (Case #016)

The Film
Fine grain colour film. Unknown what kind, the film isn’t labeled except “200n p90″

The Camera
Unknown

The Photos

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Judging by the clothes, it’s probably the 1990’s

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Says “Motel & Saloon” Could be a historical sight
Update: September 26th, 2014
Thanks to Daniel and Trevor for informing me that this is the Saloon Hotel at the Silver Star Resort in Vernon, BC!

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Canadian flag in the background. These photos were likely taken in the Canadian Rockies.

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A Cruise Around Portland (Case # 015)

UPDATE!
Thanks to a Reddit user for pointing out this is Portland, MAINE and that the photos may be less than a year old based on public art.

 

The Film

1 Roll of Kodak TMAX 100 black & white film with almost a full set of photos (32).

The Camera

Camera is unknown

The Photos

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The very first image looks like a selfie, except it’s an odd angle to be able to hold the camera. From this image though, it looks like they’re in a thrift store, and the next few images look like outside of the store. I think it’d be funny if they bought the camera then started taking pictures right away, but that’s conjecture at best.

Just by the fancy handheld massage device behind him you can guess it’s after 2000.

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I can relate to this photographer’s love for architecture. They seem to have an affinity to brick, metal, and rust like I do.

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UPDATE: September 26th, 2014
“The photo of the woman on phone, with Pearl Street sign, is in Portland, Maine. See the coffee shop sign in the background – “Port Bean” and compare with the picture part way down this website“Thanks to Ralph McGreevy for the update!

A business woman stands on the street with a cellphone in hand. Several clues as to where and when this was shot are in this single photo. She has a cell phone, so we can guess it’s after 2000 by its size. There are also several signs visible. A speed limit of 30 miles and a United States Postal Box narrow this down to America. I can also see a sign that says “snow hauling” so I can probably figure this isn’t the deep south. Also, Pearl Street is visible.

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This next revealing photo shows we’re on the coast! The ship in view is the Carnival Glory. This ship was completed in 2003. It’s permanent dry dock as of 2009 is Miami. Because we saw the snow route I’m guessing this isn’t Miami. With that we’ve narrowed the date to in between those times.

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In the right hand corner you can see a sign says: The African Center for Sacred Arts” and a quick Google search reveals this shop is located in Portland, Oregon!

A theater sign reads “October 25″

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Old street lamps are awesome!

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Sometimes I get the impression he’s on a photo walk. You can see he’s sometimes with one or two others and in one of these shots of the market, you can see another photographer.

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Legalize Marijuana papers on the table with what looks like a signature sheet on a clip board. These photos are probably taken closer to 2009 than 2003.

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The photographer ends the roll with some architecture shots. There aren’t bad either!

Summary

The photographer, assuming it’s the gentleman in the first photo, is a male in his early to mid 30’s. He could be local, but I get the tourist impression from these downtown photos capturing the architecture and the locals.

I’m 90% sure these were shot in Portland, Oregon between 2003 and 2009. Likely closer to 2009 based on cell phones, the cruise ship’s history, and the petition papers.

 

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A Black & White Event at Roy Rogers (Case #014)

 

The Camera

Unknown

The Film

A single roll of Kodak Plus-X 125 35mm film

The Images

This looks like a simple family gathering at Roy Roger’s Restaurant in the mid 1990’s. My guess on the date is based on the clothing of the times, and the fact that they’re in a smoking section.

It’s hard to tell who’s the camera owner, because the camera is passed around to at least three people.

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Amazing Grace Senior High at Wanakee United Methodist Center (Case #011)

The Film

One roll of Fujicolor 400 film purchased online.

The Camera

Unknown, but it date stamped the photos.

The Images

Lots of real obvious clues on this roll of film, almost all of the W5 are answered.

These were shot at the United Methodist Center in Meredith, New Hampshire, and it looks like the majority of the people in the photos are graduates of Amazing Grace Senior High.

Most photos were taken on July 10, 2009. It makes this probably my most recent roll. I can confirm the date with other clues, such as the banners also displaying ’09

Some names are visible: Peter W.,  Abby L., Abby M., Jeremy Korth, Rebecca Jacobson, Michelle Aryiku, Andy Lee, Kyle B. James D. Jenna, Kaylon, Dawn, Kristy, Mandy, Zack Hogen, Matt, Brian, etc.

I’d love to reunite the photos with the owner.

 

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The Unknown Arizona Outdoorsman & His Bride (Case #004)

[CURRENTLY SEEKING MORE CLUES, PLEASE LEAVE THEM IN THE COMMENTS BELOW]

The Film
Various rolls of Kodak Gold, Fujicolor and other No Name Thrift Store types. Undeveloped in the canister and fond in an abandoned storage locker.

The Camera

Unknown

The Photos

Over 500 images were developed. many seemed to be snaps while in the passenger side of the car while on the road, documenting landmarks as they approached. Below is a selection of those images.

UPDATE: September 26th, 2014

These photos were taken in Yosemite, mostly likely from Glacier Point. Thanks to Dan Pietsch for submitted this info.

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Found Photos Backpackers in Ollantaytambo (Case #010)

Found Photos Backpackers in Ollantaytambo (Case #010)

This is the only roll of film I have come across so far that was in a thrift shop and price tagged. Normally, they’re still in the camera. This particular roll was listed at $1

The Camera
No camera found with the roll of film. Not every photo was taken at the same focal length. It’s likely to be an SLR or P&S with a zoom.

The Film
I picked this up a few years ago, so the actual location of the film negatives is buried with my personal work. It’s either Kodak or Fujifilm, and not so relevant in this case. The roll was found in Alberta Canada.

The Images
A man and a woman, potentially a couple are backpacking in Ollantaytambo, a small town and Inca archeological site in southern Peru. I know this because the photographer was smart enough to take a picture of a map. ;)

The photos are methodical, and have good composition. You can clearly see both adventurers in separate shots.

Summary and Speculation
All 36 shots were taken and the roll was found here in Alberta, not Peru, so the camera didn’t fail and the images made it back, one can assume, with the two individuals. You can also assume that these are probably not all of the photos taken during their time there, and this may not even be their only stop.

Update: September 26th, 2014

Thanks to Marc for the following: “There are also pictures of Machu Picchu and the town below called Agua Caliente. The zigzag in the mountain is the bus road up to Machu Picchu. Some of the pictures show Inca ruins from Olalantambo. That town is the last train stop before arriving at Agua Caliente – now called Machu Picchu Pueblo (town).”

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Case #008 Lost Memories of Disneyland

Case #008: Lost memories of Disneyland

The Film
Kodak Gold 400, quite possibly the most common colour 35mm film, ever. These negatives look quite faded.

The Images
I’ve always found date stamping on photos to be distracting and annoying. In this case however, it reveals quite a bit. Two major things actually. First, that it’s very likely the images were shot January 24, 2006, just over eight years to the day of this blog. Second, that failure of the camera started with the resetting of the date to January 1st, 1998.
Looks like a married couple and their daughter. Not too many clues in this six images, except that it’s likely they’re from Canada

Update: September 26th, 2014
Thanks to Andrea for correcting that it’s Disneyland not Disneyworld :)