On the latest This Week in Photography show we chatted a bit about this great story of a guy who found a beat-up old suitcase set out as trash in front of a neighbor’s house. He looked inside, realized it was full of old photos and decided to bring it home. Only then did he realize that they were photos of Hiroshima, taken just a couple of months after the atomic bomb was dropped there. Read the story here.
I’m a sucker for a good found-treasure story, even when it doesn’t involve something as historically significant as what is described above. A day after reading that story, I came across this tale of a crappy old car that eventually sold on Ebay for $225,000.
Can’t say that I’ve had much luck in the found treasure department. Thinking about it just now, about the best I could come up with is a couple of old comic books I found in my Grandpa’s attic when I was a kid, including a somewhat beat-up copy of Detective Comics #105. If it was in better shape it would be worth a decent amount but in the condition it’s in the sentimental value outweighs whatever I could sell it for. But that does bring to mind the all-time best found-treasure comic-book story, which you can read here. If you didn’t grow up being a comic-book geek that you probably won’t be all that impressed, but I’m sure that plenty of you out there can appreciate the uber-coolness of that story.
So what about you, dear readers? Anybody out there have good stories about treasure you’ve found?
Or, failing that, anybody out there with a box of old comic books (or pulp magazines) sitting in their attic that they want me to take off of their hands? :-)
Nov20 ’08 update: Another great ‘found treasure’ that was just uncovered (literally) is here.