Man seeks owners of lost photo album dating back to 1910 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man seeks owners of lost photo album dating back to 1910

(Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs) (Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs)
(Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs) (Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs)
(Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs) (Photo Source: Johnathan Gibbs)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A man who lived and worked in Memphis is searching for the owner of a photo album forgotten at a copy shop in 2008.

"Whoever left this book at the copy place...they have got to be sick," Johnathan Gibbs said.

Gibbs now lives in Brooklyn, New York. But he used to work at a copy shop on Union Avenue in Midtown.

He remembers several years ago when someone came in to make copies of an old photo album. The person accidentally left the shop without the album.

It then sat untouched in the store's lost and found safe for two years. If an item is not claimed after two years, the store is supposed to dispose of it.

Gibbs couldn't bring himself to throw away the old album, so he kept it and tried, unsuccessfully, to find the owners. He hadn't thought about the album for years, until a recent move to New York City.

While cleaning and unpacking, Gibbs found the long-forgotten album with pictures dating back to 1910.

"All the way back to 1910 you see the family, then you see like houses that they had in the 30s and 40s," Gibbs said. "The people that were babies in those pictures were then adults in the 70's."

Gibbs photographed some pages and photos. He then posted them online hoping someone would recognize the people and help reunite the owner with this memory-filled relic.

"Let's find the owner of this. It was [lost] in Memphis, Tennessee, but the photos are from all over the country. A guy went to war; he had a wife; they've had grandchildren; they've passed away."

Click here to see more photos from the album. If you know who this belongs to, please contact Gibbs through Facebook here.

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