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Man Finds And Restores Soldier's Undeveloped WWII Film

Jan 22, 2015

Levi Bettweiser, a collector and restorer of old and historical film, works with the Rescued Film Project, an online archive gallery of images captured on film from the 1930's to the late 1990's. The project's goal is to process, restore, and archive rescued images from all over the world, even film that's been degraded by heat, moisture, and age. Many of pieces they work with come to them in the form of undeveloped film.

Bettweiser recently discovered 31 rolls of undeveloped film at an auction in Ohio, which appeared to have belonged to an unknown soldier in WWII who documented his experiences during his service. Some of the film had been damaged by water and rust, so he wasn’t sure what to expect, but he painstakingly recovered compelling photos of a bygone era.

First, let’s take a look at the restoration process.

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With all of that work, these are the images Levi recovered:

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Credit: The Rescued Film Project | Bored Panda

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