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Woman Finds a Suitcase Full of Old Photos And Tracks Down the Family Members to Share Them

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When a Washington woman stumbled upon stacks of family albums from her husband’s grandmother while cleaning the garage, she decided to find the other living relatives of the subjects in the photos.

It’s a classic tale: photos pass on between generations telling the story of a family’s history. Then they end up untouched, gathering dust in a forgotten corner of the house until the next move or clean.

Carol Richards nearly fell into that trap, but an old brown suitcase in the garage of her Mukilteo home caught her eye.

After opening it up, she found amazing loose black and white photographs and old albums.

Luckily, 90% of the images were labeled. Setting up the Facebook group Memories from Helen’s Suitcase, the process of reuniting the photos with living loved ones began.

“That’s why I do it,” says Carol, “not for reward, but to make other people happy.”

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  • Nawi Mabo

    Nawi Mabo

    10:15 PM, 20-09-2020

    What a precious discovery!

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  • Ray Cooney

    Ray Cooney

    10:50 PM, 17-09-2020

    That is why I love all the old photos that my mum left me because she always wrote on the back of them who was in the photo and where it was taken. Although I have no one to pass these on too it is still good to go through and remember the glimpses of where and who my connections were.

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