For nearly 70 years, a partially finished roll of film that documented a couple’s escapades in Switzerland and Italy was hidden away in a brass container, forgotten as it changed hands.
The roll fell into the possession of William Fagan, a film collector from Dublin, in 2015 when it arrived in a box with a vintage Leica camera from 1935.from the New York Times, December 5, 2020
There have been some fascinating articles on old film rolls people have developed. And this particular article, which was sitting in my drafts for a couple of weeks, sprouted legs and ran around the world.
The image at the end of the CNN article was snapped from the lake just offshore from Bellagio. My photo above is taken from a different angle, coming in from the left during our ferry ride on Lake Como in 2012.
William Fagan, the person who found the film roll in the box with the Leica camera he purchased, has published several updates on his website and since his initial post back in September, the trip, the locations and the car have all been identified, but the question of who these people are remains unanswered.
My thought is that if the camera was sold, it might be possible to trace the camera sale and purchase records. That seems far more workable than trying to identify the people themselves. The fact that the film roll was left in the camera and the camera itself sold makes me think there might not be a happy ending to this story. Regardless, read through the posts on his site if you’re interested. The generosity of folks on the internet stepping up to assist on this challenge was amazing.
More from our 2012 visit to Lake Como. You can see the full-size color image by clicking on any thumbnail below.