Category Archives: Family Visit

Post Nuclear Family at The Holiday Inn | Case #064

These three rolls of 120 film were recovered from Freeport Illinois. A couple were labelled, and in original packaging, so we know that the rolls of film themselves expired in 1970.

Roll One: Verichrome Pan Exp. September 1970
Labeled: “Coldwell”









Roll Two: Verichrome Pan
Labeled: Meramec State Park









Roll Three: Verichrome Pan Exp. September 1970
Labeled: Will Rogers









The 1st Infantry Photographer | Case #54 Main

This is a huge collection of photos from a single photographer, and starting on August 24th, 2015 I will add photos over the next few months.

Published Canisters

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


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.





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.



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



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


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.





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.




Canadian World War 2 Photographer | Case #018

The Film
This is a full roll of images (36 shots) that I found, exposed, developed, and loose in a random box at a thrift store in Calgary, Alberta. On the negatives reads “Gevaert Belgium”. This was Agfa film probably from the 1940’s or 1950’s

The Camera

UPDATE: October 2nd, 2014
Thanks to reddit user “1759” for finding out this is a German camera, a “Welta” or “Welti”.

The Photos




The first few images are a little rough, and may not have been advancing properly. They are of an older man, reading a book. I checked the images at 100% and the book is out of focus and I can’t read the words.



Her clothes, as well as her hair, look very much like the late 1940’s


Someones mother, either the photographer’s or the younger blonde woman. She’s prepping something in the kitchen.


It’s a family gathering for sure. You can see a black cat trying desperately to escape.


Same gentleman who was reading earlier.


Ah! She was making tea!




These three photos say “Hey, can I try your camera?” Or maybe he bumped it out of focus?



When you see them side by side they really do look like mother and daughter.


About 11:30 is what’s on her watch.


They are going through old photos…..hey, so are we 🙂


Here’s the photographer. There’s just enough of his jacket to see it’s actually a uniform.




Even though these are fuzzy, they have beautiful composition. It’s obvious he’s a fan of nice shoes.

All of the indoor shots had a good exposure, I’m guessing large windows must have been at his back, and in a couple shots you can see bright reflections behind the subjects.


I’m not sure if this is the same day, but it is the same brunette from the tea time photos. She’s having a smoke and opening a letter.



Our war photographer is making a big deal about it.


Or he’s teasing her until he gets the expression he wants, either way, mission accomplished soldier!


I love this photo, and incidentally this and the next shot will be the largest clues as to where these photos were taken, assuming this isn’t weeks later in another city or country.


He walked over and got a better shot of this bridge. You can see in the background of the previous photo. There’s a river and large boats, lots of old brick buildings that look French Canadian or European.

UPDATE: October 2nd, 2014
This is Tyne Bridge in New Castle, England, thanks to Yvonne for calling that in on Facebook!
Wikipedia states that there were tram lines removed in 1950. I cannot be 100% but I do not see lines on this bridge.


Eastern Canada does have buildings like this but it feels more European, again, I could be wrong.


Random kid in the street “Here kid, wear my hat”. If we didn’t know this man was a soldier before, we do now. An emblem is clearly visible on the hat. Though I’m not sure specifics, I’m pretty sure this is Canadian.

UPDATE: October 2nd, 2014
“The military badge on the uniform hat is from the Royal Regiment of Canada which is based out of Toronto.” Robbin McQueen

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The kid has the empty camera case around his shoulder. I can’t make out the letters but it’s a short name of four, maybe five letters.

UPDATE: October 2nd, 2014
Thanks to reddit user “1759” for finding out this is a German camera, a “Welta” or “Welti”.

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More kids playing.



Poking at stuff with sticks, ah the good ‘ol days.



Interesting symbol on his hat

UPDATE: October 2nd, 2014 “The badge on the childs cap may be from St Andrews College but can’t see enough to tell for sure.” Robbin McQueen

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It only occurs to me while proof reading that both kids are in the same outfit, and it may be a uniform. School? Baseball?



Taking a stab at the date, I’d be more inclined to learn towards the late 1940’s, after world war 2 ended and things were wrapping up. A lot of this can be further narrowed if we know where these were taken. The film is German, but photographers just grabbed whatever was on hand and he may have brought some film back to Canada.

The 1960’s Wisconsin Family Road Trip | Case #013

The Film
rex film

Various rolls of 135, 127 and 620 black & white film, mostly drug store brand, and a few Kodak. 16 rolls in all. Expiry dates range between 1959 and 1964. Almost all of the rolls had been placed back into their original box after the images were exposed. They were purchased at an estate sale in the US.

The Camera(s)
No camera came with these rolls. I believe three cameras in all were used.

The Images
There were just over 100 images in all that I was able to scan, of those I included half. I can’t be sure how many different time periods are represented here, but I’ve tried to group them together below.

Wausau Wisconsin Parade
The Johnson Hills Department Store  gives away its location as Wausau, WI. Images of this parade come up on three rolls of film and I’m almost sure pictures were taken by more than one member of the family. Nothing came up for “Morning Glory Fortified Milk” but apparently it’s a product worth knowing. 😉 The streets are packed, so it’s likely a state or federal holiday. You can also faintly make out a marching band.

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Richard O’Connor for this comment!
“Came across this newspaper ad for Morning Glory Dairy dated August 13, 1959 Escanaba, Michigan . This was sort of confirmed when I found a listing for Foremost Morning Glory Dairy in Wisconsin. ” Foremost Farms USA, Morning Glory Dairy, 3399 South Ridge Road, De Pere, WI 54115, Phone: (920) 336-4206 Fax: (920) 336-7165. De Pere is a suburb of Green Bay which is East of Wausu and South of Escaaba, Michigan. I assume that Formost bought the original Morning Glory Dairy.”

Wisconsin State Capitol
My best guess for when this was taken was after 1959, but before 1964. The reason why I say before 1964 is that was when they apparently sand blasted and acid bathed the Legislature. In these images, the structure appears pretty grimy. I’m not too sure what the other building is but it can’t be too far away.
Some of these images are taken by one or both daughters. You can see them holding their cameras in other photos, and in one see one girl shooting the other.
Pickney Street is visable, giving me almost pinpoint accuracy of where these shots were taken. It was neat to see what the area looks like now with Google Street View.

The Van Douser Tower
The sign is plain as day in one of the photos but I didn’t see it until a few hours ago. When I checked online, it looked as though the original sign is still up (though they added a food/drink prohibitive sign). it’s dated June 7, 1959.

Other Notable Family and Road Trip Snaps
There’s a family dinner or two and some portraits here I wasn’t sure how to group them together. All of the events took place over multiple rolls with multiple photographers.

Most of the images were taken in Wisconsin between 1960 and 1965. I’m fascinated the most by the parade and would love if I could narrow the date for that specifically.

Family Day in the Rocky Mountains | Case #006

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Mike Wingham for indicating these shots were taken at The Banff Gate Mountain Resort at Dead Man’s Flats. Knowing this is a hotel of sorts tell us that these people were likely visiting from somewhere else, rather than residents of the area.

The Film

First time I have come across an abandoned digital camera with an SD card still in the slot. So in this case, the “film” is a Kodak 512MB SD Card with a Digital Assurance Promise logo in the bottom left corner. These are still in stock on for $20 each.

I like that it’s Kodak 🙂

The Camera

Again, Kodak brand Polaroid PDC 2350 point & shoot camera with an earth shattering 2 mega pixel sensor 🙂 It was released in 2003 and has some features that I admired for a camera of the time, such as limited shutter control, iso (even if it only went to 400), and the ability to take video (no audio). When I discovered it had an internal memory, I found another two images. When I played around with it a bit, the low battery indicator started to flash when I used zoom.

The Images

It’s a family gathering. Three settings: In the home, at a park, and in a restaurant. 2MP doesn’t give you any zooming capability if I want to see more detail. All these images show at 100% on my monitor. The meta data looks like it reset for these images as well. They are labeled january 1st, 2003…the same date I was given to enter as default when first plugging it with batteries.


Here’s what could be grandpa and granddaughter going over an old photo album. And no cell phone on the table 😉


Costco brand products in the typical cardboard basket.


You do get the impression of a visit. These two could be sisters. Their home and backyard looks very much like Canmore.


Hugging it out on the court


Another court shot, from the internal memory


A kid I don’t see in any other photo.


The last image. Battery could have died, seems to be the repeat story with many of these.

Even though we can’t figure the date, we can look at the time from the first to the last shot, in this case, three hours past. The camera was made in 2003 so it’s after that, but probably not very much, as we all know digital cameras are much more disposable than film ones ever were.

“The mountain in the background is The Windtower, which is on the west end of Mount Lougheed. The picture, then, was probably taken in the condos in Dead Man’s Flats.” Thanks to Rob for that great piece of information!



A Visit with Grandma | Case #003

The Camera
The Nikon OneTouch 100 was a 35mm point and shoot camera released in 1987. They are considered rugged, long lasting and very compact for the era. A couple of the interesting features include a timer with two settings, a “focus memory” button, and the battery compartment itself is capable of accepting either 2 AA batteries, or a single CR123A. That may not have made a difference in the late 1980’s, but a CR123A is about $20 now…for one!
The particular one I found, had a broken off, but still included, battery door. The loose connection is the likely cause of the film getting lodged in it, and eventually abandoned. I don’t remember the camera winding this one for me, I’m pretty sure I went into the darkroom and manually pulled the film out, and reeling it back into the canister.

The Film
This roll was found in camera in Alberta. Kodak Gold 200 is, and has been a staple for amateur (and pro) photographers for decades. There is much speculation in recent months that they may be discontinuing 24exp Kodak Gold 200, but I’ll wait till I see something more official than a flickr forum on page one of Google.

The Images
Only five images were snapped before the camera was dropped causing the piece to fall off…at least, that’s my best theory. Three are pics of a family. Mother, father, and three boys, two potentially twins. The other, and first two are likely of their mother/mother-in-law.



I look at the home and my knee jerk reaction is early 1990’s. You can make a leap and assume the residence belongs to grandma. There is an collage of family photos behind her, from left to right there’s a portrait of what looks like eight, mostly kids. The next two are partially covered, then one of  two people, one is covered, the other is an older man…probably the older woman sitting in the chair and her husband. After that, more casual shots, another portrait, a father son studio portrait, and a collage of framed photo of the same young man, a couple in grad outfits. Possibly the father on the couch. All of these images look from the 1980’s. I love when there are photos in photos, because they really can help tell more of the story.

Did I mention the dolls?

Beside the couch I noted a simple plastic phone, an aerosol odour eliminator, a tissue box cover shaped like a chair, and a T-120 6 Hour Recordable Cassette Tape…that’s analog Pirate Bay kids.
The sports shirts are generic, nothing to go on, except the potential twins have matching ones with different colours, presumably to tell them apart.

a fresh roll was placed into the camera for a family visit, and after several photos, the camera was dropped, or the battery died, and the compartment was later damaged.

I want to hear what you think happened and who these people are. Why was the film never developed?