Jack Simpson Auction, found negatives: Canon QL17
Boy oh boy! Do I have a post for you... well I should say a series of posts. But before I get into that... I would first like to say that if you thought Ebay was cool, I think participating in an actual auction is even better! As far as my experience went, I have to say there is none like it. But if I had to compare it to something, the closest thing I could compare it to are those last 5 secs when bidding online... palms sweating... heart beating out of your chest...and your bidding on that one item like a mad man... now take that and multiply it by 10!
If you have not figured it out from the title, this last week I took it upon myself to visit a local auction. What stood out to me the most was just how friendly the folk that ran this auction were. Even those that you were bidding against seemed to treat you like family. On top of that, what I think excited me the most... and I'm kind of ashamed to admit it, was the fact that they sold corndogs there as well! Yes folks.. as a food lover... I think corndogs make it to the top of my "Best things ever created" list!
ok... so now for the good stuff. As far as actually winning, I happen to win myself a couple of things, mostly camera parts, a few flashes and a pretty cool background stand. But what totally puts those winnings to shame is a small film canister that came with a small lot that I had won. After almost tossing the canister away, thinking it was empty, I luckily looked inside of it and found a few rolls of already developed negatives. The bad part about this find was the fact that they were suffering from what is known as vinegar syndrome; I'll explain this more in a later post.
Now I know... your dying to know what was on those negatives right? Well after doing a little research from items I noticed in the negatives, have led me to believe that these photos had belonged too as well as taken by none other then a local military hero by the name of First Lieutenant Henry Tomlinson Macgill. I don't want to spoil the find too much, but from what I know, First Lieutenant Henry Tomlinson Macgill was the commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Sadly, he was captured and taken prisoner while fighting enemy forces near the Kum River in South Korea in 1950. He was later executed due to an altercation with a North Korean officer. Here is a sample scan, I hope to scan the rest later this month, but would like to do a little more research before posting the batch as well as try my best when it comes to scanning these negatives... currently they are in a pretty horrible state. From what I can tell, the first roll is mainly photos taken by First Lieutenant Henry Tomlinson Macgill of a few friends he had known during his stay in South Korea. The one below was obviously not taken by him, but its one of two that actually show him in the photos.