CHICAGO (CBS) — A photographer from Chicago goes on a mission after he stumbles upon impressive photos from the past.
Stephen Graves of CBS 2 revealed on Tuesday that the photographer hopes to reunite the family that lost them through photographs.
Looking at life through a prism is how photographer Keith Yerman looks at the world.
“This is a Kodak Brownie 2a,” he said, showing us one of his cameras. “As far as I can tell, this was produced between 1924 and 1932.”
Yerman realized that no matter how old the camera is, perhaps there is a new point of view that can be developed. How to take a photo with him?
“Awfully slow,” Yerman said.
Last month, he picked up a collection camera after spotting it in Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market and later discovering something rare inside: old film. Intact.
“A few weeks later I was in for a pleasant surprise,” he said.
A photo developer in New York processed the film.
“She was excited,” Yerman said. “She said, ‘You won’t believe it.'”
They were colorless, grainy photographs with a clear look into the past.
“She said it was like World War II,” Yerman said.
The photographs show a US Navy sailor raising his hand in salute and smiling from ear to ear as he stands next to a man in one shot.
“He seems so happy,” Yeraman said.
Yerman had the feeling that these photographs were special.
“They went through a real hell during World War II, so such a happy moment is breathtaking,” Yerman said.
Thus began the mission to find the sailor or his family. Was the Minnesota license plate, 281-856, a possible lead? Nothing came of it when Yerman called the record keepers.
“The license plate is kind of a dead end,” Yerman said.
He then turned to Honor Flight Chicago for help, asking social media sleuths to band together and putting effort into a possible reunion. It was worth every second for Yerman, who thinks about black and white photos of his family.
“These pictures of my family mean so much to me,” Yerman said. “I hope the family members I can find will appreciate these photos as much as I appreciate photos of my family.”
A look into the past, giving an opportunity to honor the memory of a veteran. Godman got the photos about a week ago. Since then, he has been looking for the sailor or his family.
If you can help, here is Yearman’s email: [email protected]