(Newser) – A photographer looking through a box of old photos in a Virginia thrift shop made an unexpected discovery: A set of striking images of two women at the ocean, somewhere.
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“Now I’ve seen plenty of vintage prints, but never a set of negatives that was in such handsome condition”, she wrote on Facebook. Abell initially thought the photos were negatives, however, she later learned they’re called transparencies because they are full color.
Meagan’s original Facebook post has since been shared almost 20,000 times and her #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives campaign has spread around the world. Not willing to let the mysterious images go, she decided to embark on a quest to find out who the women are or the photographer who took them by scanning the film and uploading it to both her personal and professional Facebook pages, asking for any information on the vintage finds.
Abell asked the thrift store owner if he knew where the photos came from, but he did not. As of this writing, it has over 15,000. “I want to make sure people know who created these pictures”.
“When I overlaid them with the images I found, they were a ideal match”.
“I am absolutely excited”, she said.
Now that she’s found the people who brought the negatives to the thrift store, Abell is one big step closer to solving the mystery.
“They were sitting in a box of old vintage photographs in these plastic sleeves, and from what I could tell, they had been taken sometime in the 50′s”.
“I talked to the thrift shop owner and he had no clue where the vendor got them, so I struck out there”, she said.
Abell believes the photos were taken on a beach in California, after several claims from online followers and a friend overlaid the transparencies on a picture she had taken from a very similar spot that matched “almost perfectly”. A photographer herself, she’s always curious. Abell says that she couldn’t have done it without Richmond Camera, one of few places that still process medium format photography.