Woman finds old photos hidden inside luggage from thrift store

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MUSKEGON, Mich. -- A woman in Muskegon County set out with the goal of finding a good deal at a nearby thrift shop but found more than she bargained for.

After buying an old piece of luggage, the woman found a couple pictures left inside one of the pockets. The pictures are believed to be more than 50 years old, and now she wants to find who they belong to.

"I brought this home, and I was cleaning it out, and inside the pocket here I found this," said Chris Middlecamp, holding two pictures, one showing a young woman and another showing a soldier.

"We believe this picture is older because of the type of paper that it's on," said Middlecamp. "So we originally thought maybe boyfriend/girlfriend, but now we are thinking maybe mother/son."

Middlecamp took it upon herself to conduct some quick research, trying to identify clues hidden in the photos.

"We also believe this is a German soldier," said Middlecamp. "We kind of Googled and looked up that he has a German hat, German uniform."

The Muskegon Rescue Mission Thrift Store said that workers typically search inside donated merchandise and throw away anything left behind.

"We just don't have the man hours to go through and try to identify and try to figure out who it might have come from," said Middlecamp.

The store is happy to hear Middlecamp is dedicating her time to try to locate the family where these pictures came from.

 

Middlecamp believes the previous owner of the suitcase didn’t intend to turn in the photos in along with it. She said that maybe the piece of luggage was left over from an estate sale, and relatives of this unknown woman and soldier, might be able to help answer questions that remain unanswered.

"I would love to find their owners," said Middlecamp. "These folks have to have children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, possibly ones that may have never met them."

Middlecamp said that she will also happily give back the suitcase to the relatives of the unidentified people in the photos.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

5 comments

  • SUZANNE RAVGIALA

    A PHOTO OF A MAN
    Suzanne Ravgiala and Vicki Jacobs

    I DRAGGED DOWN MY MOMMA’S SUITCASE
    AND BLEW THE DUST OFF THE TOP
    IT TOOK ALL OF MY COURAGE
    TO OPEN IT UP
    UNDERNEATH CRAYOLA DRAWINGS..AND LETTERS SENT FROM CAMP
    WAS A RED LEATHER DIARY..WRAPPED IN A RUBBER BAND
    AND STUFFED BETWEEN ITS PAGES..WAS A PHOTO OF A MAN

    HE WAS STANDIN IN A JUNGLE
    IN HIS CAMOFLAGE AND BOOTS
    HOLDING A RIFLE
    BARELY OLD ENOUGH TO SHOOT
    ON THE CORNER WAS A MESSAGE..”I HOPE YOU’LL UNDERSTAND
    THIS WAS YOUR REAL DAD.. HE WAS SNATCHED FROM MY HANDS”
    IN MOMMA’S SCRATCHY WRITING..ON THE PHOTO OF THE MAN

    SHE LEFT A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES
    I’M GOIN THROUGH THEM ON MY BED
    WITH ONE FINAL CHAPTER
    WAITING TO BE READ…

    “HIS BEST FRIEND GREW TO LOVE HER
    AND ASKED MOM TO BE HIS WIFE
    THEY GAVE ME SOME SISTERS
    AND A NEW START IN LIFE
    I CAN’T BLAME MY MOMMA..FOR TAKING A CHANCE
    BUT I HAD ALWAYS WONDERED..WHY I DIDN’T LOOK LIKE THEM

    SHE LEFT A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES
    I’M GOIN THROUGH THEM ON MY BED
    WITH ONE FINAL CHAPTER
    WAITING TO BE READ…

    AND NOW I SEE IT CLEARLY..IN THE PHOTO OF A MAN
    MY BLUE EYES LOOKIN BACK AT ME IN THE PHOTO OF MY DAD

      • Tom Jones

        The uniform looks to be of a regular Army Stabsgefreiter (Senior Lance Corporal), not a Waffen SS Corporal like Vips wrote with his silly Nazi comment. The Stabsgefreiter rank was not restored until 1942, so the photo would be from between 1942-45.