Found Film
In 2013 I purchased several tins of negatives in a thrift shop in downtown Roanoke. Once I had them digitized I realized they had been taken in the 1930s in Italy. Some of them were even of a parade with Hitler in a car. About a year later my find went viral and my find was in newspapers all over the world. Here's the full Flickr set.

I put on one display of the photos at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville. The theme was "How do you know what things are when you find them?" For archivists and historians it's critical to be able to verify what it is you have. With the negatives there were several steps in this process: Determining the location, the date, matching these with newspaper clippings, using outside sources for verification. So, this process was presented at the community college using posters and a presentation I put together.

 


The tins containing negatives


Hitler in Naples


Presumed to be the photographer, never discovered who he was.


The Mail picked up the story.


Poster used to describe how one can learn about film they find.