Happy 25th Anniversary Al & Darlene | Case #030

 About the Film

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The woman on the right with the man and the other looking over look like sisters. This is very likely a gathering involving a lot of friends.

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Pop can says Co-op, doesn’t narrow it down.

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It’s outdoors and nighttime, but everyone is glistening like it’s boiling outside, so we can probably rule out Canada.

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Two cakes! One has blue icing, one had red.

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The last two images are the camera being discovered in a thrift store. Someone is checking to make sure it works. You’ll notice the quality is much better in these last two images. That’s because this lady opened the back, fogging the rest, then she took a couple of shots to see if it worked. After that the film rewound and it was saved.

Portland Fire Museum and 3 Dollar Dewey’s | Case #029

About the Film

A single roll of 35mm colour film. 14 exposures total.

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Portland, Maine Fire Museum.

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The sign on the tent reads “Free Minutes”

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Three Dollar Dewey’s is a pub restaurant on commercial street in Portland, Maine.

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A statue honouring Director John Ford. Just on the next block from 3 Dollar Dewey’s

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I love street art like this.

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Licence Plate: 2REDHDS

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Summary

Someone probably local on a photo walk. There are photos of downtown, then what looks like their neighbourhood. This person probably photographed a lot, as this comes across as casual shooting. At the same time, there’s thought and composition.

Found Christmas Photos | Case #028

 About the Film
Not much is known about the film, or camera, other than it’s 35mm and colour.

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The calendar says August, and it starts on a Wednesday, so these could be from 2012 or 1984.

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Lots of plants for the cat to chew on.

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Christmas time.

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Whoever is taking the photos loves their cat, and loves to ski too.

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The home looks well lived in, not a lot of pianos and short term stays. ;)

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At some point the camera was opened. It’s at this point the scene changes completely. The last three photos are actually the next person to buy the camera, or at least consider it. He opens it up, sees there’s film, which exposes some of the shots above and fogs the rest, closes it back up, and takes these next shots.

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The multiple exposure at the end is explained by the cameras counter being reset when opened.

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Summary

Not very much to go on except the date, being more likely 2012 than 1984.

Missing Portrait Photos | Case #027

About the Film

An off brand of colour film called “Photoworks”. That’s also the name of a film processing company based out of San Francisco. Not much to go on, but it’s a start.

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What struck me more than anything else is how good they were in their composition for the majority of the photos. I also suspect that a good Camera and lens combination was used.

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Pretty gutsy trying to hand hold a moon photo, the last one isn’t horrible.

 

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These portraits are really good, especially the kids and the dog.

 

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QuikSilver is a company based out of California, but has stores everywhere, not much to go on here.

 

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Could be the ocean.

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Can’t quite make out the lettering on his collar.

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Summary 

Not much to go on here. There is a bridge off in the distance of the first couple photos that may help narrow it down.

A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan on a TugBoat Ride | Case #026

About this Film

These are photos from two rolls of colour film, a total of 50 exposures. The photos themselves are date stamped. October 25, 2009 to November 5th the same year, with a couple dates in between.

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Some guys watching a football game. We can confirm here that the date displayed on the photo is accurate. The game they are watching is the Pittsburgh Steelers vs the Minnesota Vikings on October 25th, 2009. At this point the game is a close 10-7, for the Steelers, but they would gain a better lead and win that day 27-17.

You can watch clips of the game and view stats by Clicking This Link.

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Double confirmed by the schedule here.

 

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Lots of clues on who this might be right here. A sailors hat, a painting of an old sail boat, photos of a boat, a framed image of Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall (#34), and a few news articles. One looks old, and another is near edge of the frame. The third however is easy it read, and I found the same article online and it was published on October 5, 2009 in “The Waterways Journal” and it reads:

Hope Delivers Two More Tugboats to Higman

The boats are the 43rd and 44th in Higman’s line of vessels and the 31st and 32nd to be built by Hope Services in Dulac, La. They give the Houston-based petroleum transporter one of the youngest fleets in the industry; in 1986, for comparison, the company had 10 boats and 22 tank barges.
Last year, Higman put into service the Hope-built boats Capt. Jack Higman, Preston N. Shuford, John T. McMahan and Mark Flynn. Earlier this year, it put into service the Alliance and the Erik Salén. Two others from Hope are scheduled for delivery in March and June next year, while another is under construction at Direct Marine Services.
The Kyle A. Shaw and Miss Sarah, like their sister vessels, measure 72 by 30 feet with a draft of 10 feet. Their 1,800 hp. is produced by twin Cummins KTA38-MO diesel engines from Cummins Mid-South matched to Twin Disc gears with a ratio of 6.14:1. The boats have 73- by 56-inch four-blade propellers. A pair of Cummins 6B series 75 kw. generators supply auxiliary power to each boat.
The new vessels each have two steering and four flanking rudders controlled by a full follow-up, electric-over-hydraulic system.…

Source: http://www.quimbyscruisingguide.com/news100509.htm

 

 

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Whoever is taking the photos does not live there. I see now reason to photograph what’s on my walls.

 

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October 28th, 2009

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October 29th, 2009

Photos from a boat. The first couple images you see here are of the Carnegie Museum of Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania along the Ohio River.

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A really great shot! I love the ripples on the water.

 

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Heinz Stadium

 

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Side Reads: Hunter Marine

 

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U.S. Coast Guard

 

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Another great shot of the city skyline, followed by several shots in and around the Emsworth Dam.

 

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Docked

 

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I googled “Pittsburgh Castle Looking Building” and nailed it ;) This is PPG Place, built in the early 1980’s.

 

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These are boats owned by a company called The Gateway Clipper Fleet, and offer services for a wide range of events.

November 2nd, 2009

 

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Taken on a bus.

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Top Dawg!

November 3rd, 2009

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November 5th, 2009

 

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Too bad we can’t see his face :(

Summary

Lots of strong leads here. It’s possible that the photos belong to Captain Jack Higman. He would be the most likely candidate for someone to hang that news clip. However, it could be one of his relatives, any other of the crew, or their relatives. The boat ride leads me to believe the photographer wasn’t a native of Pittsburgh, in which case, they’re a crew member. Either that or they took 33 images because they’ve never been on a tugboat, in which case they are likely related to a crew member, and that was their home pictured with the wall shrine. My hunch is the latter, as the guy seems to go back to the same bar 2 or three times after the game. A place probably near dock.

Sunset and a Sailboat | Case #024

About This Film

This is a 24 Roll of Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 35mm film purchased out of Windham, Maine. There are a total of 27 images.

This entire set takes place out on the water, on a sailboat, just off the coast of what could be Maine. Also, the photos are date stamped January 9th, 1998.

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This could be a touring boat. It’s sunset, and there’s a lot of people on board.

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The Adidas hoodie could confirm the date stamp. The girl’s hoodie in the back can’t be read in total. Something-Nation ap-something. The pepsi can has a logo on its side a well, but I can’t tell what for. Looks like an “N”.

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Some great shots of the sun setting.

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Not a single man in the group, I didn’t even notice at first. Lots of happy faces, and people from a wide range of age and background. People are super friendly and posing for more than one photo. This could have been the wrap up to some kind of larger project. I get the impression new friends were made.

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The Clown and the Choir |Case #023

About the Film
There’s 40 frames crammed onto this 36 roll of Kodak Gold 400-6, I really was quite surprised. Right away from look of the negatives after processing, you can tell they’re old, at least 20 years.

I came across this roll of film while in Seattle Washington, in August 2014.

The Photos

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You can see right from the beginning of the roll, a useful shot was taken. The car could be 80’s or 90’s. I’m pretty sure that’s a map on their dashboard.

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Some nice photos of the countryside.

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The computer off to the side is very mid 1990’s. The calendar is overexposed and I can’t make out a date. There’s a game on the desk: mancala, which is a type of board game. Doesn’t help me narrow the date down, as possibly hundreds of versions of this popular game exists.

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Some photos behind this kid include a vintage car, early 20th century, a house, a farm silo, a man silhouetted by steam or smoke, and a piece of farm equipment in what could be snow. There’s a respectable book collection which seems to include some thick textbooks.

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The wall art looks tribal. The desk calendar just says “16”. Thanks calendar.

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Photos of the home, family and what’s likely a nearby park. The boat anchor in the park could be a clear indicator of where this was shot. The cars and their condition still leave this in the 1990’s, probably earlier rather than later.

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An overexposed shot

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A strong pose for a clown. Also, more photography on the walls. Could be the home owners work.

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Photos from a kid costume party, and we can safely assume it’s near halloween. This could be at a school or community hall.

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Finger, in the last few shots, and a change of scene. This looks like a choir, keep in tune with what time of year it is, this may be Christmas now. I see a star on the window, and maybe snow outside?

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The photos are underexposed and pretty far away. You can see someone video taping in the crowd in one shot and the camera looked big.

Conclusions
Not a tonne to go on with this roll, even though it’s the most exposures I’ve seen fit on a 36 roll. Early 1990’s, and I see no reason why this isn’t in or near Seattle.

From Chichen Itza, back to Seattle | Case #022

Camera and Film
I acquired this, with several other rolls of film, while visiting Seattle, Washington in August 2014. This is a 24 exposure roll Kodak Gold 200-6. The photographer managed to squeeze a total of 25 exposures, and out of those 24 retained images. This likely came from a point and shoot camera.

There is some colour warping. Could be the result of heat, but more likely age.

UPDATE: Film is aprox five years old. Colour shifting is due to heat or improper storage.

Photos
The first couple photos reveal El Castillo, so we can pretty much assume these are vacation photos.

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Here’s a bunch of really cool masks.

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Not sure if these images are supposed to be abstract or misfires?

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This photo could be taken by a kid, since we’re at eye level with the boy. This could explain the abstractness of the previous photographer.

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These next could photos look like they could be some type of indoor metal art piece. Sort of reminds me of the silent film metropolis.

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This really could be anywhere because the next shots we have look like they’re back home. There’s the family dog, the kids room, including bunk bed, living room. mdev-150214-011

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Kids fighting over oil pastels…very 20th century.

 

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There’s a sheet of paper of the back of a door. The title reads “The Jammes House Rules” I can’t read what they are, but there’s 12 of them. I don’t recognize any of the toys, but there’s a plastic VHS cassette case.

 

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This dog is being framed.

 

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A calendar says June but I can’t make out the year anywhere.
UPDATE: Thanks to ExtraNoise from Reddit for pointing out this calendar’s June 30th, ends on a Wednesday in 2011 and that the poster above the girls head is this one, made after 2009

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This looks like J.C. Chasez (Nsync) on the TV, but I couldn’t figure out what show he’s on.

Update: Thanks to several people for pointing out this is “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” which only came out after 2009

 

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Quite 90’s. Not a computer or cell phone in sight.

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Conclusions
These last photos, were likely taken by one of the kids, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the whole roll. This last photo shows their backyard. Could be Seattle, where I found the film, the trees look right for Washington.

Not sure why the film was abandoned, as the roll was finished. A lot of times there’s a jam or the battery dies. This had images from head to toe.

 

 

 

NASCAR Busch Series Race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve aka Fast Cars and Fluffy Dogs | Case #021

Intro

This camera was found during the filing of my Alberta Primetime Interview.

The “Film”

A Canon 8MB Compact Flash Card.

The Camera

A 2 Megapixel Canon PowerShot A40. Released March 2002. It’s rare if not extinct to see a Manual option and CF card in an entry level point and shoot camera now.

The Photos

The metadata shows these first few shots were taken July 23rd, 2007. This is about 5 years after the manufacture of the camera. If our photographer bought it new then he’s had it for quite sometime. Looking at the camera, it was well maintained. The image count starts in the 300’s.

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Next shot we see a hotel room, and what seems to be a self portrait. I adjusted the image a bit so we can see the gentleman a little easier.

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These next two shots could be his son. I see a resemblance. Which would make the kid likely a grandchild.

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Update: Thanks to Robbie and Linda for letting me know this is Montreal, and it’s the NASCAR Busch Series race held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

These look like the racing event takes place somewhere in the US, but I can’t be sure. I don’t know much about racing and the “dome” off in the distance doesn’t look familiar to me. These photos were taken August 4th, 2007, according to the metadata.

Update: Thanks to Robbie to informed me that car #29 belongs to Kevin Harvik, who won the race that day

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The next set doesn’t give too many clues. About 30 photos were deleted in between August 4th and August 11th. I thought maybe to make room, as space is limited. These were taken in August and November of 2007. I think at the point the dates must be somewhat accurate because if you look, the dogs fur is much longer in the November shots than August.

The last two photos look like misfires, and were both shot February 22nd 2012. one could be a coin but it’s out of focus, the other is basically white. Another 10 photos are missing.

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I took this last photo below to check to make sure the metadata is correct, and also to see if it actually still takes pictures and everything checks out. The memory card is full now so that explains the files being deleted. The metadata was spot on minus one hour, and that could be a time zone issue depending where this person lived.

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Mystery Photo from 10 Downing Street | Case #020

The Film
I found these old Kodachrome slides almost four years ago in Calgary’s Northwest in an alleyway. I couldn’t really tell if someone had dumped them or if they fell from the back of a moving truck, but they were everywhere, potentially multiple rolls worth. This was before Mysterious Developments and probably contributed to its start.

The slides sat scattered in the alley, for months, all winter when I finally stopped and picked up a few (now I wished I picked up more) and took them home. I scanned them, and restored one for practice sake and basically forgot about them until now.

The Camera
Camera is unknown, other than it’d be a 35mm.

The Photos
The images were developed shortly after they were taken, and abandoned much later. Almost all the damage and colour change you see is physical, from being run over on a gravel road, snowed on, frozen, etc.
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Special thanks to Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor for helping me realize this is 10 Downing Street, aka “Number 10″, aka British HQ.

I suspect one of these woman is the photographer and someone, possibly another tourist is taking the photo. It’s a little blurry and I cannot make out what the book says, that the woman on the right is holding.

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Update December 30th, 2014: Thank You Babs for clarifying this is a Swiss Guards of the Vatican, and the building is St. Peter’s Basilica.

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The Investigation & Return of Mystery Film