Before the advent of the cell phone camera and digital cameras, we had to buy film, finish the roll and then go and get it developed. It was common to forget to develop a roll or two, leading to the mystery of what photos you would get back when you did get them developed. Emma Jacks from Southend, Essex, England bought a camera for £3 that still had undeveloped film in it. She was surprised and pleased to discover that some of the photos were salvageable and dated back to 60 years ago.
The photos on the 1950s Rex box camera give a glimpse into life in Britain in the early 1950s.
One of the surviving photos is of this happy looking couple.
Emma Jacks from Southend, Essex was searching for the boy pictured here.
Jacks took the camera to a local company to develop the film. They warned her that due to the age of the film, she shouldn’t expect any of the pictures to survive development. Many of the processed photos were too blurry to make out anything, but six of them survived. They show British life in a simpler time.