In the 1930s, Europe was in a state of calm before the massive storm of World War II and fascist dictators gained power in Germany and Italy. Their alliance was known as the Axis powers (later incorporating Japan) and they frequently collaborated and visited each others country to streamline their fascist, and eventual, wartime ideologies. Virginia, U.S.A is the last place that many people would think to find original, European photographs showing some aspects of the pre-World War II rise of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Old rolls of film were discovered in a thrift store in Roanoke, Virginia by photographic enthusiast Matt Ames. He had them developed which produced these stunning images from 1938 Naples, Italy.
The Mystery Woman
Within the vast amounts of film found by this thrift store digger, there were a few taken of this mystery woman, presumably on holiday in Naples with her boyfriend or husband who can be seen in the next slide.
The Mystery Man
It is unknown whether or not the majority of these photographs were taken by the mystery woman in the previous slide, or this man who appears on numerous photos within the ones discovered. Clues within other images developed show links to Mobil Oil, as well as a trip, or immigration to the United States of America at a later point in time.