Old camera bought in Honiton charity shop reveals pictures from the past

PUBLISHED: 11:35 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:05 17 May 2016

A family scene? Three unidentified people smile by an old tractor.

A family scene? Three unidentified people smile by an old tractor.


A man who snapped up an old camera from a Honiton charity shop has found and developed 13 photos from a reel of film which was tucked away in its back.

A man who bought an old camera from a Honiton charity shop for £5 accidently discovered a small treasure trove of memories in undeveloped film.

Dougie Young, 60, who lives in Chard, picked up the black and silver Kodak Retinetto on Monday (May 9) to add to his collection of old cameras.

Speaking to the Herald, the Glaswegian said: “The camera is great nick. I was in the car and popped open the back and saw the film.

“I snapped it shut quickly so no light got to it.”

Mr Young, a former maintenance man at Manor House care home in Honiton, travelled back to Chard, where he got the film developed.

Only 13 photos survived the process, and now Mr Young is now looking to trace the faces in the photos back to the family that they belong to.

Mr Young says he has always been a keen photographer, and started the hobby when he was a boy.

So far, he has collected around 22 old cameras.

Mr Young has since posted his appeal on Facebook, with more than 200 people sharing his story.

He added: “Why would I have throw the film away? This could have been the first time these youngsters could have ever been photographed in their life.”

Mr Young says he does not know how old the photos are. He has them in digital format as well as the developed stills, and is happy to provide the family with copies if they try to get in touch with him.

Anyone who recognises the people in the photos, or has any information which could be useful to Mr Young, can get in touch with him through the Herald by emailing callum.lawton@archant.co.uk or calling 01392 888486.

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