I like old photographs, they intrigue me and spark my imagination. Who were these people? How did their photos end up on eBay? What were their lives like?
Every once and a while, I’ll find old photos with names, dates and/or locations written on the front or back of the picture.
In this day and age of Google, Facebook and Ancestry.com, its amazing how much information you can find on-line. For instance, the photo below. Meet Myrtle W. Based on the car in the background of one of the photos, I guessed at mid-1950’s, and I was right!
I was able to find Myrtle on-line and a connection to her son Grant. A little bit more investigating and I found Grant on Facebook and sent him a private message. When Grant got back to me, I shared scanned images of the photos and, Voila! He told me one was his mom who had passed away in 2013. The photos were taken during a mid-1950’s road trip from Massachusetts to Arizona.
It’s kind of amazing that I was able to find Myrtle’s family, but what is more amazing is that Myrtle (in her 20’s) took a road trip with a girlfriend from Massachusetts to Arizona way back in the 1950’s. No dad or husband or boyfriend along to do the driving or look after the women!
I think Myrtle was bad ass! And, at the moment, I’m thinking I’m kind of bad-ass, too, as this is the second time I’ve reunited old photos with family.
I may have a new career as a skip tracer!