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Photos from a 50-Year-Old Roll of Film Found at Auction

Photo-enthusiast etxenike recently won a spool of Verichrome Pan 116 film in an auction, and discovered that it had already been exposed. He had the film developed, and found that five of the eight photographs survived — not bad for film that has been sitting around since the 50s or 60s!

He also deduced some facts about the date, location, and subjects from studying the images:

The military ships confirm it is Mar del Plata, because there is a naval base right next to the dock. I love their attitude. It seems that they´re taking a stroll, specially him, with the hands always carelessly in his pockets. According to a friend of mine, who used to be a wardrobe assistant, his tie indicates this was in the ´60s, which seems to be confirmed because the production of the Kodak Verichrome Pan 116 started in 1957.

Apparently the man in the black coat is the photographer who exposed the film, since the shots with him in the frame are the only ones that are poorly focus.

Vintage Exposed Film Found in an Auction (via PopPhoto)


Image credits: Photographs by etxenike and used with permission


 
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  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    “Apparently the man in the black coat is the photographer who exposed the film, since he shots with him in the frame are the only ones that are poorly focus.”

    STORY OF MY LIFE.

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    “Apparently the man in the black coat is the photographer who exposed the film, since he shots with him in the frame are the only ones that are poorly focus.”

    STORY OF MY LIFE.

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    found some old film in a target six-20 but no such luck :(

  • Anonymous

    “This here’s a boat,see…” 
    “Yes, Charles. It is.”
    “And this here boat, Margret… This boat can do almost thirty miles per hour! Ya understand how fast that is, Margret?”
    “Yes, Charles. I do.”
    “Thats almost twice as fast as Pa’s ol Studebaker, see!”
    “Yes, Charles….”

  • Anonymous

    “This here’s a boat,see…” 
    “Yes, Charles. It is.”
    “And this here boat, Margret… This boat can do almost thirty miles per hour! Ya understand how fast that is, Margret?”
    “Yes, Charles. I do.”
    “Thats almost twice as fast as Pa’s ol Studebaker, see!”
    “Yes, Charles….”

  • Emanuele Meazzo

    Damn, that’s right, I have not decent photos of me too :|

  • Emanuele Meazzo

    Damn, that’s right, I have not decent photos of me too :|

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1486647686 Alex Braman

    might wanna fix that typo at the end 
    “since he shots”

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thank you kind sir :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thank you kind sir :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thank you kind sir :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thank you kind sir :)

  • Brandon

    bottom 2 look photoshopped to me.  sorry, couldn’t resist.

  • hahahaha

    apparently, men those days have cold hands.

  • hahahaha

    apparently, men those days have cold hands.

  • hahahaha

    apparently, men those days have cold hands.

  • Gonzalo

    Actually, guys, this is Buenos Aires Harbour. the stone pavement and the rails are still there (i´m from Buenos Aires, so i should know). The rails are for cranes to download the merchant ships.

  • http://twitter.com/tomnwaugh Tom Waugh

    I can’t help thinking that these wouldn’t look out of place in an Instagram album  :o)

  • Alex m.

     same here )))

  • Alex m.

     same here )))

  • Alex m.

     same here )))

  • http://www.sixangles.com JosiahE

    Hmm, did he purchase based off of that photo at the top? If so, discovering at it had already been exposed doesn’t say a whole lot for his knowledge of medium format film.

  • EnVassago

    I was born in the sixties, i recently  developed film from my first birthday.
    nothing special here.

  • etxenike

    No me refería al riel del tren, sino a la baranda. Rieles hay en todos los puertos del mundo donde no se cargue a mano.

  • etxenike

    The phrasing on this article is a bit strange. If you read the original article I wrote, you’d see that the “discovery” was when I saw that photo on the auction site, before buying it.