A bride was reunited with her wedding photos that had been lost for more than three decades — after another woman spotted them at an auction.
According to a report by ABC7, Sandra Poindexter was searching for photo frames at an auction in Brookneal, Virginia, U.S. when she came across a set that still had a bride’s wedding photos encased in the glass.
She then flipped the framed black-and-white wedding photos over and saw the name “Harriet Galbraith” written on a piece of masking tape on them.
When Poindexter saw this, she knew she had to return the photographs to their rightful owner.
“I just thought, somebody’s bound to want these, they’re just gorgeous,” Poindexter tells ABC 7.
She then posted images of the photos on a Facebook community group page in an attempt to locate the mysterious bride. Another member of the group spotted Poindexter’s post and tracked down Galbraith, who is now 85 years old and living in San Antonio, Texas.
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Poindexter kindly shipped the photos back to Galbraith who was “thrilled” to be finally getting her long-lost wedding photos back — after not seeing the treasured pictures for three decades.
According to Fox4, Galbraith says that the images were bridal photos taken of her in a Christian Dior gown after she got engaged to her late husband. She sent the photos to her mother in 1959 after her wedding.
Galbraith’s sister lived with their mother, who later died. When Galbraith’s sister got married and moved in with her husband, the photos were lost in the shuffle.
“I asked her, ‘Could I have the pictures back?’ And she said she had no idea where they were,” Galbraith tells Fox4.
Years later, the family held an estate sale and cleared out their mother’s home, which may explain how the photos became lost.
Galbraith tells the news outlet that the photos were taken by Bradford Bachrach, who was a well-known photographer based in Washington D.C who also pictures of U.S. presidents and other heads of state.
According to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Archives, Bachrach was the president of the portrait studio chain Bachrach Photographers — which was a long-running family business that shot portraits of every American President since Abraham Lincoln.
During his career, he photographed Presidents Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson. With his father, Bachrach did a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt. He also photographed the wedding of Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Image credits: Susan Poindexter