Photos from film found in thrift store cameras

Bert says: "I read a local Maine newspaper article about a guy who, over many years, collected rolls of undeveloped film from cameras found in antique stores. He finally had them developed and ended up with several hundred images that he's placed online." Link


  1. link wouldn’t work, probably too much traffic.

    This guy ain’t the only one doing this, I myself have purchased used film rolls many times from thrifts, but with no real great finds (usually lots of pics of the thrift store itself, or no pics at all, or very dull/average vacation photos).

  2. I’ve worked in book stores for the past 6 years and the things you find are quite unique.

    We had a photo album of strange photos at my old store, with all sorts of things.. I’ve even found nude photos stashed away in some books.

    I’ve got a friend who also occasionally blogs the things she’s found in the time she’s worked in book stores..

    Its fun stuff..

  3. i have film from the 80s i never developed… i wonder if i still could. too bad the link is bum.

  4. I’d also recommend the site Square America

    It is a gallery of vintage snapshots & vernacular photography well worth checking out–the site creates themed essays. A couple of my favorites are “Encounters With The Other (Adventures In Amateur Ethnography)” and “In the Booth,” a selection of photobooth photos and photomatics from the 1930s through the 1970s.

  5. Just tried the site and this is what comes up:

    “Account for domain has been suspended”

  6. We broke it :( Site is now giving message “Account for domain has been suspended”. I think we owe this guy a group apology…

  7. Well thanks for the traffic guys. It was very exciting to see to see the referrals from BoingBoing until my host decided to temporarily shut me down.

    I logged into my account and it’s locked with a message stating that they’ve suspended it because of a DDOS attact. I’ve tried to contact them and have not yet had a response so it looks like it’s time to move the site to a host that might have some better service.

    MangoFalls should be back online soon. Thanks again for the nod and I hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I have.

  8. Drowse #7:

    People leave photos in the oddest places. I once found some fairly grotesque nude polaroids in 20 feet of water off the beach at Nice. I think someone was trying to dispose of them by tossing them off the rocks into the sea but didn’t realize that a) the water is crystal clear, and b) those particular rocks were a favorite diving spot for the local kids.

  9. I have a feeling that woman in curlers wouldn’t be so thrilled to know she’s now being boinged. I’m destroying all old film I have right now just in case the evidence of me wearing Spandex and a pink cowboy hat ever resurface.

  10. I am somewhat amazed that a site that so zealously supports privacy rights has no problems supporting this sort of thing. The lady pictured never wanted herself to be pasted all over the internet. She was in her private home expecting, well, privacy. There are a million reasons that those cameras still had their film in them, none of them gives this person the right to paste the pictures all over the web. Is it interesting? Yeah it is, peeking inside someones curtains usually is interesting. Is it still foul to drag someones private life out into the commons of the internet against their will when they have done nothing wrong? Yes it is. Is it that the fact that this wasn’t the government that did this somehow makes it OK? What happens in a person’s home should stay there (barring anything overtly illegal of course). Like I said, I am amazed.

  11. Ridiculous! If you truly want privacy, you do not throw your photos in the street. I’m amazed anyone could be so offended by this. These people may have been in the privacy of their own home when the pics were taken, but once they give the pictures to the public they’re no longer private. That’s just how it works.

    Check your Granny’s camera for film before you sell it after she dies.

  12. Actually Frankenpengie, Zipster might have a good point. The poeple in the photographs are not necessarily the ones who left the cameras at the thrift store. It’s more likely that the person who owned the camera did and so I fail to see why you so agressively denied that there were any possible privacy concerns here.

  13. Oh one more thing BTW – as far as I know children can’t give legal consent, so if there are any pictures of minors in the collection they can’t “give the pictures to the public”. In a very real legal and practical sense they had no choice.

  14. ianal, but …

    imho random, unidentified person’s image from >20 yrs ago – not an invasion of privacy.

    to the the point addressed above regarding the status of abandoned film or film found in an abandoned camera, it is just that abandoned. if i recall correctly, there is a precedent that collecting a discarded/abandoned item is not illegal search or seizure. by the fact that they have abrogated any rights to the possession of the property, it would seem they have also given up any claim to the contents of the film. i would think this is particularly true for items that have been neglected for a decade or more.

    unidentifiable nostalgia, taken from abandoned property, posted without malice to me seems reasonable use.

    Of course, with respect to minors or questionable/identifiable content the admin’s best discretion ought to be used.

  15. someone wrote:

    These people may have been in the privacy of their own home when the pics were taken, but once they give the pictures to the public they’re no longer private. That’s just how it works.

    This is the logic of what i call the internet communist fascists, commonly seen in Wikipedia biographies of living persons. The “public” is hungry, hungry for MORE, and it doesn’t really care as long as it can get to watch. And anonymous cowards with hidden agendas or just personal vendettas can enjoy themselves causing some real grief to real people with real lives- qualities the internerds often lack.

    They didn’t “give the pictures to the public”, and, how it works, is the internet is widely used as a machine to defame and hurt people by destroying their privacy- not the case here perhaps- but still something to be very aware of.

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