Internet Seeks 'Adorable' Couple in Photos Found on Thrifted Camera Film

Internet sleuths are trying to uncover who a handful of photos belong to after a man found an old camera in a thrift store and got the film developed.

Jovell Rennie, a photographer and producer living in Anchorage, Alaska, has been turning heads with his viral Twitter post that has people talking. The post, shared on June 8 has garnered 119,900 likes and 8,800 retweets since it was shared under the username @Jovell.

According to the American Psychological Association, research has suggested that people who take pictures of experiences usually enjoy the moment more than people who don't partake in photographing the event.

The study was conducted with 2,000 participants, finding that in most cases, people who photographed an activity had an increase in levels of enjoyment. They also admitted to being more engaged in the event as well.

"A few months ago, I bought an old camera at a thrift store in Joshua Tree, California," the Twitter post read. "There was a finished roll of film in it, so being nosy I got it developed. These are from that roll."

The first image featured a man and a woman all dressed up in what looked like a hotel room. The man wore a suit with a red vest and bowtie, while his partner, whom he had an arm around, wore a black and gold sequined dress. They both smiled for the camera during the shot with an entertainment center behind them.

There is also another photo of the same woman wearing a leopard-printed cardigan as she sat down at a table and smiled at the camera. On the table next to her were a number of items, such as papers, medications, and food.

The next photo of the couple featured them seated on a couch together as the woman wearing a purple dress held a rifle in both hands. Her partner, dressed in white, held his arm around her as he used his other hand to lift one side of the firearm up as well.

Next, a different man and woman stood side by side in a kitchen as the woman held her arm around the man's waist while he smiled at the camera.

Couple sitting together
The internet is seeking an "adorable" couple in photos found on a thrifted camera's film. Here, a couple sitting together holding hands on a couch. SIRI STAFFORD/GETTY

Numerous people weighed in on the viral Twitter post, and sleuths got to work to determine who the mysterious couple could be. One Twitter user zoomed in on the table the woman was sitting at, but the name couldn't be made out on the bottles.

"I'm really trying with my weak Photoshop skills over here, but I was able to at least know that they're Walmart prescriptions," the user said. "If that wasn't already obvious. I'm still trying though." Another Twitter user pointed out that the peanut butter was Great Value brand, so it must have come from a Walmart.

Another mentioned a cake plate hidden in the final photo with the second couple. The Twitter user shared another photo of what looked like the same type of plate as well.

"Omg!" they wrote. "Look at that cake plate, I've never seen another one like it other than the one my mother made in the 70s! I knew it came from a mold, but even their painting looks similar."

Another Twitterer was in awe of the glimpse into the past and thanked the OP for sharing.

"Wow, check out the old school furniture [in] the back," they said. "We used to have a similar TV stand with the little folding sides that closed over the screen. This is like a time capsule."

Another user mentioned that it looked like a "motel" to them, adding, "Furnishings and grate high on the wall."

A Twitter user tracked down the type of plate hanging on the wall in the image of the woman sitting, adding a photo of a set of them for sale.

"Furthest I got was the plate on her wall," the user said. "From the 70s." Another user said their grandma has the same plates as well.

Yet another Twitter user zoomed in on the table in the kitchen, and they located a document that appeared to have the words "Waltzin' down the Mississippi" written on it. "Hold up, they're from Mississippi," the user said.

Another user thought they were from California though based on a bottle's brand displayed in another photo, and they thought the paper is just a piece of mail.

"It looks like a mailer to me," they said. "Could be the theme of a party or a vacation marketing piece. I am pretty sure they live in [California] because of the Smart & Final bottle in one of the shots and because of where this film was found."

A Twitter user shared a zoomed-in shot of a calendar from July 1999 in the image of the woman sitting. On the top page was a framed photo of someone whose face was cut off as they sat at a table.

"This looks like a framed photo placed over the official calendar photo," they pointed out. "Maybe someone will recognize this photo. Person wearing a teal top and long braids. On the table: gift bag, black purse, two drinks."

People are hoping the couple will be tracked down, and one user said they seem "so interesting and adorable. I would be so overjoyed if by some happenstance Twitter and the internet were able to reunite these pics to their owners."

Other people seemed to really appreciate the images from the past. "This makes me so happy," a Twitter user said. "These are someone's grandparents, their mothers, fathers, neighbors, aunt, uncle. And we get to see them in their private moments of joy. What a privilege. I hope these people are alive and well, but if they're no longer with us, I hope they lived well."

One Twitter user gave some people hope when they said: "Sir, I know the two people in that last [fourth] picture. I will see if my family can identify the others in the other photos. #SmallWorld." However, it was unclear who the people were at the time of publication.

Newsweek reached out to Jovell Rennie for comment.

This isn't the only viral moment involving pictures. A man sneezing in his Costco membership photo is charming the internet. A girl's "petty" revenge on her bridezilla stepmom in their wedding photos is being praised. In addition, a clip showing framed childhood photos at a thrift store has people talking.