They are dispatches from another era – wrinkled, faded and anonymous photos found on the side of a footpath in Auguston.
An Abbotsford resident found the dozen pictures recently and brought them to The News office in hopes we could solve the mystery. There are young women posing for professional shots, tennis players lounging with drinks on the court, a child standing on a porch, a family sledding in the snow and more.
But there are few clues as to whom the pictures belong to.
The tennis photo is captioned “Frank is the boy in all of these” and the sledding photo is dated “January 1962.” Otherwise, there is nothing written on the back of the photos.
Kris Foulds, curator of historical collections at The Reach Gallery Museum, said she didn’t recognize any of the people in the photos. But she did spot some clues that suggest the photos were not taken in Abbotsford.
Judging by their outfits, Foulds said she believes the photo of the tennis players was taken before the First World War. And the only people in Abbotsford to have a tennis court back then were the Hill Touts, who wouldn’t have been drinking.
Foulds also said the landscapes in the photos don’t look like Abbotsford to her.
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