Box Brownie of treats: Retired printer, 73, is reunited with lost 1950s family photos after spotting mother in appeal to find owner of snaps found in old camera
- Graeme Webb, of the Scottish borders, bought the Kodak Portrait Brownie 620 in an Edinburgh charity shop
- He launched an appeal to find the subject of the photos when he found a reel of film dating back to the 1950s
- Father-of-five Tam Watson recognised his mother who died in 1998 and has been reunited with the photos
A pensioner has been reunited with long-lost photos of his late mother after spotting her in snaps a photographer found in a vintage camera.
Graeme Webb, from Hawick, Scottish Borders, came across a Kodak Portrait Brownie 620 when he was browsing a charity shop in Edinburgh and bought it for just £25.
The 40-year-old was shocked to find a reel of film inside the old camera that had images from the 1950s and 1960s on it.
Fascinated, Mr Webb launched a media appeal to find out who was in the photos and to his delight he was contacted by Tam Watson, 73, from Edinburgh.
The retired printer got in touch to say his mother Sally was the subject of one of the photographs and the pair got together soon after to make sure they were returned to their rightful owner.
Tam Watson recognised his mother Sally (pictured left) in an old picture found on a reel of film inside a vintage camera bought by Scottish photographer Graeme Webb earlier this week
The retired printer, 73, (pictured right) got in touch with the photographer, 40, (pictured left) to say his mother was the subject of one of the photographs and the pair got together soon after to make sure they were returned to their rightful owner
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Mr Webb said: ‘It was so lovely to meet Tam especially knowing that I was giving him something so special.
Graeme Webb, from Hawick, Scottish Borders, came across a Kodak Portrait Brownie 620 (pictured) when he was browsing a charity shop in Edinburgh and decided to buy it for just £25
‘I was delighted to hand over the picture to him rather than him looking at it on a newspaper.
‘It was really funny because he’s never seen a picture of his mother dressed up like that.
‘She looks really young. It was just lovely to put a smile on his face, it made me feel special to be part of it.’
Mr Webb received numerous messages through social media about where the photos may have been taken after news of the appeal broke.
But it was Mr Watson who recognised the woman in the pictures as his mother Sally Watson, born in 1911.
He said said: ‘I opened a newspaper on Tuesday morning and saw my mother in the paper.
‘At first I didn’t want to believe it, I had to pinch myself to make sure what I was seeing was real.
‘I was then in contact with my children and the rest of the family and we all confirmed it was actually mother in the paper.
‘My mum passed away in 1998. She was an amazing woman who was really tidy. But I am still wondering who the other people in the pictures could be.
‘What I do recognise is Mrs Cooper, my mum’s friend, is in the pictures. I think Mrs Cooper’s daughter could still be alive.
Another of the images found on the reel of undeveloped film inside the Brownie Box camera shows a woman holding a baby
Fascinated by the images (originating from the 1950s pictured), Mr Webb launched a media appeal to find out who was in the photos and to his delight he was contacted by Tam Watson, 73, from Edinburgh
It was Tam Watson who recognised the woman in the pictures as his mother Sally Watson, born in 1911 and died in 1998
More black and white images were found undeveloped inside the Brownie Box camera that photographer Graeme Webb picked up at a charity shop for just £25 in Edinburgh
‘Mrs Cooper’s husband was friends with my dad that’s why we all started to know each other.
‘Although I can recognise some of the people, I have no idea where the picture was taken or what the occasion was. I bet at that time I was probably either working or still at school.’
The camera – now in Graeme’s expansive collection – was first produced in the late 1930s and was sold well into the 1970s.
The film he discovered inside was produced between 1956 and 1970. The camera was handed into the charity shop on September 15, as noted on its price tag, but the details of who gifted it are not known.
Tam Watson (pictured with the photograph of his mother Sally) said: ‘My mum passed away in 1998. She was an amazing woman who was really tidy. But I am still wondering who the other people in the pictures could be.’
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