Thriller Couple Present in a Roll of Movie From Practically 70 Years In the past
For nearly 70 years, the newly completed recording of several survivors in Switzerland and Italy has been hidden in a brass container, forgotten by hand-changing.
The scroll was in the hands of William Fagan, a film collector from Dublin, in 2015 when he arrived in a box containing Leica’s vintage camera from 1935.
In August, curiosity overwhelmed him, he said, and Fagan began his career as a producer under the direction of Mella Travers, a photographer and owner of a restaurant in Dublin.
He soaked the film for an hour in a motion picture maker, and stalked it every 15 minutes while Mr. Fagan ate a blue muffin to pass the time.
The first things he saw in the photos were “old, old cars, old-fashioned clothes,” Fagan said in a telephone interview. Intrigued, he took them home to arrange the numbers for them to see clearly.
“The result was a revelation,” Fagan wrote in a blog post in September. “An unfamiliar family, a clear and unfortunate place that this talented photographer has not seen the results of his work.”
The photographs – 22 of the 36 possible photographs – were taken by a talented artist, Fagan said, and saw the combination of the images. He is believed to have been abducted in 1951 or 1952.
The ceremony consists of a woman, who is often represented by a dachshund. One photo shows a man who looks 10 years older than the woman, Fagan said.
“I’ve been looking at someone’s intimate moments for a long time and I say, I shouldn’t have this. I shouldn’t look at this,” Fagan said. “These people, at the time, were together for what seemed like a good vacation and having a little baby.”
The photos depict the couple’s voyages in a convertible BMW around Lake Como, a beautiful lake near the Italian-Swiss border, as well as a stop at the Bellagio in the Lombardy region of Italy. The landscapes include beautiful mountains and trees along the way. The last photo is a picture of a woman on a bench in Lenno, Italy, says Fagan.
He also said that he believed that the couple were originally from Austria, Bavaria, or Switzerland, which speaks German.
Readers jumped into the blog comments section to find out the most popular places, and Fagan said he received hundreds of emails.
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In one photo, the woman is shown walking with a dog on a narrow street leading to the church, behind her on camera. Road signs are in Italian. One person said the photo was taken at the Bellagio in in northern Italy on Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is said to be a walk to the Church of San Giacomo.
“All of this adds to the mystery,” Fagan said. “We know exactly where he was. You could drive until you got somewhere. ”
The car is shown in several shots, sometimes standing in front of a beautiful rear. In one photo, a woman and a dachshund are shown in front of a car on Zurich Road with “American cars behind them being used as taxis,” Fagan said.
In one, the car was parked on an uncharted snow-covered mountain where the woman stood outside the door. In the third photo, a car is parked in front of a house whose signs led Fagan to identify it as La Veduta on Julier Pass in the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland.
The former BMW boss, along with others, identified the car as a BMW 315. Some say his license shows he registered it in 1948 in Munich in the Americas in Bavaria after World War II, Fagan said.
Several other photos show the ship on the Sea of Como, which Mr. Fagan identified as the one that was towed in 1952 and rebuilt in 1956, which dates back to the early 1950s.
“Almost everyone who has a crown in Europe and almost all Hollywood stars have been identified as a family, including the Kennedys,” Fagan said.
One reader said that the woman was wearing jewelry with her third finger of the right hand, not the left, indicating that it was “a rich German family I think, not Americans.”
But the secrets remain, Mr Fagan said.
“The question is why someone with a good camera – and it was Leica because these tapes only work in Leicas – why they take so many photos, 21, 22 of a good holiday in Switzerland, and bring the item back without touching it,” said Mr. Fagan. of the mysteries of this. “
Fagan doesn’t really know how the scroll ended with the camera. Attempts to return the camera to its former owner were unsuccessful.
Because of privacy laws, the registration of consumer names is protected by camera vendors, and the same protections apply to vehicle ownership information, Fagan said. He also said that his best bet on the first look was to identify the couple.
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“The camera is a video, it’s material – it’s theirs, it’s theirs – but these images are about people or their families,” Fagan said. “I think the family should know these people and maybe they want to have these pictures.”
Mr. Fagan said he published the images in the belief that someone, perhaps a relative, would recognize their people.
“It’s amazing, the place and the people,” Fagan said. “It’s hard for me not to keep looking for them.”