Thousands of people on Facebook are helping a woman solve the mystery behind these vintage photos
PetaPixel reported Abell wrote a long Facebook status regarding the photos. Abell begins:I found 4 sets of medium format negatives while I was thrift shop hunting a few weeks ago. 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. So obviously I brought them home, and today finally had them scanned in, and holy wow they are beautiful!!
She continues:I need the Internet's help. I would absolutely love to find the women in these photographs/the photographer who took them. The only info I have is that the negatives were found in a thrift store on Hull St in Richmond, VA. They are medium format, and judging by the style of dress, made in 1940-1950. The owner of the thrift store had no idea where they came from. I'm posting the best/clearest scans of the images, so if y'all could share this around, HOPEFULLY we can make it go viral and find the original photographer/subjects!!!!A hashtag, #?FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives?, started on July 29. Abell's search was shared on sites like PetaPixel, Mashable, Elle, and BuzzFeed. Lots of people joined in support, with either tips:
An update on Abell's original update showed some progress.
**UPDATE 7/30 11:54pm: We have determined that these are actually slide film transparencies instead of negatives. Still use the same hashtag though! Most likely we think that these were taken by a professional photographer in the late 1950's in California, specifically Malibu! There's also reason to believe that these were shot for a magazine cover/feature story. KEEP SHARING Y'ALL!
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