Teen Finds Photo of His Long-Dead Uncle in a $1 Garage Sale Camera

Last Thursday, 13-year-old Addison Logan of Wichita, Kansas found something really cool at a garage sale: an old Polaroid camera for only $1 (score!). But when Addison got it home and started looking up how to use it on the internet, what he found in the cartridge was even cooler, or maybe creepier. Inside the Polaroid camera, bought from a family they don’t even know, was a picture of his uncle Scott who died some 23 years ago in a car accident:

The Wichita Eagle writes,

Back at his grandmother’s house, Addison got on the Internet to find out how to take a picture with it. When he removed the cartridge and opened it, he found an old photograph inside. He took the photo to his grandmother. He took the photo to his grandmother.

Lois Logan said she looked at the photo and saw her son, Scott, who died in an auto accident 23 years ago.

The photo showed Scott sitting on a sofa with a high school girlfriend, Susan. Lois guessed it was taken in 1978 or 1979, about 10 years before his death. She didn’t remember the photo, but thought it must be one of her old ones.

According to the Wichita Eagle, the family maintains that the picture is something of a miracle, a sign from Scott that he is still watching over them. But whether or not you’re into the supernatural, it’ll be hard to pass up the next cheap polaroid you come across at a garage sale — who knows what you might find inside.

(via The Wichita Eagle via Gizmodo)

Update: Dave Bledsoe over at FreeVerse Photography writes that there may be something fishy going on with this story. His argument is that the camera found by the boy may have been first introduced a decade after the photo was allegedly taken.

Image credit: Polaroid 210 Land Camera by Scout Seventeen

  • 9inchnail

    Nice story, when’s the movie coming out?

  • ennuipoet

    Except, that the camera in question wasn’t manufactured until 1988 and the photo was taken in 1979

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the link. We’ve updated the post

  • ennuipoet

    Thank you! 

  • Flgraphics

    and this is a polaroid? why would the photo still be in the cartridge? unlikely it would have been left in there

  • Bart101

    Teen Finds Photo of His Long Lost Uncle …
    The uncle isn’t the one that is long lost, it’s the photo that is long lost. The uncle is merely long dead.

  • Michael Zhang

    Just changed it to “long-dead” :)

  • camera collector

    The 210 was manufactured from 1967 to 1970 so it certainly was around in 1978.
    I am wondering if the print was actually found in the front cover, these Polaroids
    had clip in the front cover to hold prints that had been shot.

  • Ranger 9

    That’s a better theory than most (although I think the clip in the front cover actually was to hold the instruction manual; that’s how we always used ours.) However, the photo in the Eagle-Beacon definitely shows a square-format 600-style print, rather than the rectangular-format prints that the 210 would have produced, and it also shows the kid with a rigid 600-style camera, not a folding pack Polaroid. So either the kid got his cameras mixed up when telling his story, or the Eagle-Beacon got mixed up when captioning the photos.

    Either way, it doesn’t strike me as especially supernatural that a garage-sale buyer would turn up an old photo of someone he happens to know — Wichita isn’t a small town, but it isn’t THAT big. If the kid had found a photo of his mom, or one of his other living relatives, nobody would regard it as anything other than an amusing coincidence and it probably would never have made the paper.

  • Entheated

    The camera features a pull out film. So they probably forgot about it once the photo was taken and just left it sitting around for so many years. Or like some ppl suggested below it might be stored in the front cover. Either way $1 for tat cam is a deal + you find a vintage photo of you loved one. Priceless

  • Primeoicu812

     Not true ennuipoet, not true at all !  The Polaroid 210 “Automatic” Land Camera was the lower end model of the 200 line. According to the “Land List”, a
    fine resource for Polaroid information, the camera was produced between
    1967 and 1969 and sold for a list price of $49.95. It was the first
    color-capable Polaroid to sell for under $50.00, and Polaroid made some
    1,500,000 of them.

  • flo

    and more importantly: with 600-style cameras, a polaroid can’t sit for decades developed in the cartridge… it has to be placed there by hand,as with integral polaroid films, an image develops itself by going trough some rollers when moving out of the camera…
    so there was definatly some tweaking!

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  • 9inchnail

    Ok, here’s my theory after re-reading the article:
    The boy found this photo. He himself doesn’t even know the person in the photo. He shows it to his grandmother and SHE recognizes the dead uncle. Solution: Granny has Alzheimer’s and it’s just some random dude on that photo.

    Find me this girlfriend in the photo and have her validate the identity of the people in the photo. Before that, I’m not sold.

  • GayLetitia

    my roomate’s mom got paid $ 14828 past week. she is making an incom e on the internet and bought a $481700 house. All she did was get fortunate and put into use the guide exposed on this web site ===>> ⇛⇛⇛⇛►

  • Kerry

    I just don’t believe any of it. 

  • newamericanclassic

    I guess it’s plausible considering the camera was less than a mile from his house, but.. I don’t really buy it.

    I love how ‘the Internet’ is capitalized.

  • Guest

    Which would make perfect sense, if the camera in question was in fact a 210. The Witchita Eagle doesn’t mention the model but does have a picture supposedly of the camera in question, which is an Impulse, not a 200 series.

  • Gustaf Emanuelsson

    If the photo was in the Cartridge and it was peal-apart polaroid, this story is impossible. The emulsion must have dried up, and cant develope. This happens after just a year or so. And the boy must have dragged the film thru the rollers, and let it develope the right time according to the temperature… This is just not true!

  • Telephotonc

     The Polaroid 210 “Automatic” Land Camera was the lower end model of the 200 line. According to the “Land List”, a fine resource for Polaroid information, the camera was produced between 1967 and 196.  By 1988 Polaroid was focusing on the SX-70 line of cameras.  

  • Werner

    I recommend to remove the picture of the Polaroid Land Camera Automatic 210 from this post as it is not releated to the story. It appears that the boy found a different model than that.