In late 2014 at an auction in Ohio, Levi Bettweiser of the Rescued Film Project, stumbled upon one of his greatest finds. Up for bid were 31 rolls of 70 year old undeveloped film from World War 2 shot by an unknown soldier and photographer. The Rescued Film Project is an effort to find and salvage undeveloped film from as early as the 1930's. They strive to recover even those films which are damaged by age or the elements, as in the case of this large find of film from WW2.
I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to
Though some of the rolls were labeled with various locations, and a few included a letter and poems wrapped around the canisters, there was no information directly identifying the soldier who took the pictures. Bettweiser did notice that one man in particular appears in several of the images and speculates that this may be the unidentified soldier who took the images.
Though not all of the film was able to be rescued, a good portion of it was, and resulted in some amazing images that otherwise may have been lost forever. Please watch the video to see more information about the process of saving the film and head over to the Rescued Film Project website to see more of the images that were developed.