Meagan ‘Irene’ Abell – Okay so here’s the lowdown. 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!!
NOW this is where 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!!!!
Use the hashtag #FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives when sharing!!
**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!
**UPDATE: 7/31 1:00 am:
Got an amazing lead from Elise Martinez who compared one of her own images overlaid on one of the images with a mountain range in the background, and they match up almost PERFECTLY! She took her image in this area: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wi…/Palisades_del_Rey,_California
**UPDATE 7/31 1:05 am:
People have asked about the marking on the transparencies, and the only marks it has are the numbers “431 6082” on the side of 3 frames
**UPDATE 7/31 1:41 am:
Janelle R Pietrzak just sent me some super convincing proof it was shot at Dockweiler Beach!!!
***If you have any leads, the best way to contact me is through email!***