Sunday, November 30, 2014

Found Photos: Sky Blue Speedos


About fifteen years ago I was living in South East London. On a swelteringly hot day in the summer I was coming home from walking a friend's dog in the park when, at the top of a dusty cul-de-sac, I came across a suitcase which had burst open and, scattered all over the road, a load of photographs. It appeared, although why this should be the case I have no idea, that the suitcase had been thrown to the ground, perhaps from a moving car, and the photographs which had been inside had scattered. As you might imagine from this sample, they caught my eye, and I retrieved as many as I could from the ground and took them home. 

The photographs appear to be of an older couple and a young man, who may or may not be their son, on a boating holiday, around France. From the clothes that are worn in some of the other photos, and possibly also from the printed code on the back of some of them, I would guess they were taken in the early 1990s, that is, about eight to ten years before I found them. The young man in his sky-blue speedos may well be forty by now. At the time I did my civic duty and took them to the police station and handed them over as lost property but after a while, if unclaimed, you can claim them yourself: which I did.  I really thought I might be able to track down the original owners but there are simply no identifying features in the photos. Even the boat, of which there are numerous very clear shots, conspired not to allow it's name to be seen in any of the photographs.

This isn't a call for help to find the people in the photographs, but if you should ever happen by this blog and see your younger self staring out at you, please do get in touch.






5 comments:

Self-effacing ghost said...

Dear Callum,

Homer nods, as people used to say. Or, to use Wogan-speak, you seem to be having a Senior Moment. You told this story and published these photos two years ago:

http://callumjames.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/vintageish-swim-mystery.html

Mind you, it's a good story, and it's pleasant to see the dear boy again.

Self-effacing ghost said...

Correction: you didn't give us the shot from up the mast last time.

J said...

I know it's a typo, but I like the headline "Sly Blue Speedos"...

Callum said...

Well thank you all...

J for pointing out that the title of this post used to be Sly Blue Speedos - until I changed it back...

And Self-effacing Ghost for bringing my face to face with my own forgetfulness. In fact, it is worse than that: because I had a nagging doubt that I may have posted these before, I even searched my own blog before posting them and didn't find the 2012 outing I gave to these photos.

However...! This time is different... this time I have had an email and a clue! Only a little clue perhaps but maybe a good one... so maybe it was worth the slip of memory which led to me reposting these... watch this space.

chazza said...

I think the woman was drop-dead gorgeous! Try to get her phone number, will you?

 
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