Search for owner of 50-year-old roll of film

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Search for owner of 50-year-old roll of film

A photographer from Upper Austria who bought an old camera from a flea market and discovered a 50-year-old roll of film inside is now searching for the previous owner after successfully developing three of the photos.


Pharmacist and professional photographer Wolfgang Kühn found the camera on sale in a flea market in Seewalchen am Attersee and once he took it home, was amazed to see that it still contained an old film.

“I've bought myself a historical Voigtlander camera and discovered upon opening it that a roll of film was still inside. I immediately closed the camera again, then developed the film,” he said.

“The film had been in the camera for 50 years. It was exciting to find out whether the latent images, as they are called, had lasted those five decades.”

The three black and white images that were successfully developed show a young girl sitting on a step playing with a cat, a man lounging in a deck chair in a garden also playing with a cat, and a woman sewing in a garden.

Kühn said: “I would like to know who these people were. The furniture and clothing would suggest the photos were taken in the sixties.”

Posting his discovery onto Facebook, he has reached out to people to help him track down the people in the photographs, or their relatives, so the images can be handed back to their rightful owner.

“Now I would like to use the power of the internet to find the people in the images,” he posted on Facebook.

Anyone who recognises the people in the photos can get in touch with Kühn by emailing [email protected].

One of the images Kühn developed. 

Update: one of the people in the photos has been found!

Photo:  Katharina Gruber

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