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Found Black and White Photos by Unknown Photographer Depict Pre-WWII Italy

Talk about having an amazing find at the thrift store!

Photo by unknown photographer. Via Flickr

One day in 2013, Matt Ames stepped inside a thrift store in Roanoke, Virginia and chanced upon several tins containing rolls of 35mm black and white and nitrate film negatives. Immediately after buying them Ames proceeded to have them digitized, and the results surprised him. Some of the more than 400 photographs turned out to be historically significant, while most of them were wonderful images of Naples, Italy – “a Mobil Oil plant there, Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii…” – as well as some of Manhattan.

The identity of whoever took these photos remain unknown as of this writing, although after doing his own investigative work, Ames was able to deduce that the person might have worked for Mobil Oil as an engineer and lived in New York. Ames also tried going back and unearthing background information regarding his find from the people at the thrift store, to no avail.

Regardless of the anonymity of the photographer, I think we can all agree that Ames’s find is certainly of the more interesting ones that we’ve seen so far!

All information in this article were sourced from Flickr and Petapixel via DesignTAXI. See more of the found photos via this album on Flickr.

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