A glamorous Goodwill mystery: Who are a strangers in these slides?

July 15, 2018 - photo frame

The lights dimmed and a poser unfolded, support after delicious frame.

The lady of a residence dazzles in a strapless dusk gown, pinkish gloves and glittery choker. There’s a champagne coupe in her right palm — Veuve Cliquot, it appears from a tab behind her — and a mink stole covers over her left arm. Where did she go that night?


Muscular chrome beauties line a driveway, a 1953 Pontiac with a automobile cooler merged to a window and a 1955 Buick with portholes radiant down a sides. Their owners apparently are universe travelers, too, movement to a small island in a center of a Pacific Ocean where roughly no visitors are allowed. How?


The lights came behind on. We were still in a dark.

“I’m only descending in adore with this honeyed family,” pronounced Kristie Baeumert, a random defender of their memories. “I’m fascinated. we wish to know more.”

The Fairburn mom of 5 mostly shops for kids’ garments during a Tyrone Goodwill store, and she was browsing there a other day when a stout appliance on a wiring shelf held her eye. The Argus 300 Model III slip projector would be ideal for observation a boxes of slides she’d hereditary from her grandmother, she thought. She didn’t notice a strange owner’s slides until later.

“I was now obsessed,” she said. “I done my whole family demeanour during them. My friends came over and we was like, ‘We’re going to demeanour during these slides!’ ”

The Argus appears to have been a valued possession; someone etched on a sequence number. The crate it came with says “Kansas” in pencil and there’s a Colorado tab on one of a cars. What are these heirlooms doing in Georgia?

Some frames advise tellurian travel. This one shows tourists during Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan (Thanks, Google Image Search):

Another print was snapped in what appears to be a pleasant setting, others on a beach.

This one below, display a radiant aircraft, is noted “Wake Island,” a tiny, firmly limited separate of land in a Pacific Ocean mostly used as a stop for refueling troops planes:

Was this a troops family? 

There are no cinema of people in uniforms, though there’s a informative idea that suggests that competence be a case: The family is African-American though some of their photos uncover black and white kids personification together.

“I don’t even consider schools were integrated yet,” Baeumert observed.

The U.S. Supreme Court paved a approach to propagandize formation with a 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, years after President Harry S. Truman’s 1948 banning secular taste in a U.S Armed Forces.

There’s no revelation who a donor was. Goodwill of North Georgia operates 59 concession centers and 60 stores in a 45 counties it serves. Last year it took in 2.8 million equipment and served 7.4 million shoppers. Sometimes equipment for sale during a sold store were donated there, infrequently elsewhere.

Eager to find a family a slides etch and learn some-more about them, Baeumert common a few images on her Facebook page. Her post has been common some-more than 160 times though so far, no dice.

“I was kind of unhappy about that,” she said. “If this was my family, we would wish these.”

We met adult with Baeumert during a Hapeville library this week, where a staff let her set adult a Argus in a discussion room. The slip uncover was a perfected process, zero during all like zipping by a corkscrew of snaps we all have on a phones. Unlike a zillions of selfies we preen for or a dishes we feel compelled to document, they simulate a turn of caring in posing and composition.

“As distant as photography goes, this chairman knew what they were doing,” she said. “They weren’t only incidentally snapping.”

Having noticed them so many times now, a strangers in a slides have started to feel like friends.

“My grandmother had a velour sectional like that.”


“Someone substantially done that skirt.”


“These girls matched, all a time, down to a boots and everything, even when they’re only personification in a yard. Awww. we adore them.”


Someone wrote on a limit of this frame, a print of a small lady acted sweetly in a front yard:

“Perfect Pic,” it reads. “The best of my baby.”

The note scrawled in pencil, maybe by another mom decades ago, clutches during Baeumert’s heart.

“They only demeanour so happy,” she said. “They wanted to take cinema together all a time. we feel like we know a family now.”

Our interjection to crony and former co-worker Mark Davis, now with a US Fish and Wildlife Service, for his assistance identifying several inland American class decorated in a slides: a selected automobiles. 

AJC photographer Alyssa Pointer took a photos of Kristie Baeumert and a photos of slides projected onto a wall during an unpretentious slideshow during a Hapeville library this week. We don’t know who took a strange photos. Yet. We wish to.

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