Vintage clothes, prized paintings, and unique furniture - there are amazing flea market finds out there. Among the most captivating are those offering a glimpse of the past. Greg Pack, a retired graphic artist, found the Holy Grail of vintage photographs when he purchased a mysterious box from a boot sale in Chelmsford, Essex, UK.
Greg managed to haggle the box's price to around $5 and worked tirelessly to transform the glass negatives into positives and track down the photos’ source. Fortunately, he used to work in the field of graphic reproduction.
Greg’s son, Scott Pack, posted the wild ride on Twitter and asked the internet to help him look for clues. Many in the comments section dissected the clothing worn in each picture, as well as the locations listed underneath the back of the box in an attempt to date the images.
After navigating a couple of red herrings, the Packs ultimately decided the images were more than 100 years old - possibly taken between 1901 and 1909 - of an English family who might have taken a holiday in France. You never know what kind of history your next flea market visit will unearth.
My dad was at a boot sale recently and saw this battered old box. He is a fan of boxes, and boxes are made to be opened, so he did what most of us would do and peeked inside. pic.twitter.com/9pg3revsLF— Scott Pack (@meandmybigmouth) August 20, 2018
There were a number of plates in various states of disrepair. The bloke wanted a fiver for the box and its contents but my dad haggled him down to £4. pic.twitter.com/45zMf2bVlU— Scott Pack (@meandmybigmouth) August 20, 2018