A woman bought an old camera and found in it a photo of the eruption of St. Helena in 1980
Old cameras are a special fetish, and Katie Dimoff, a photographer from Portland (Oregon, USA), is well aware of this. She searches for such cameras in special stores to find lost and forgotten treasures left on film inside. Not so long ago, she was especially lucky when in one of the cameras she bought, she found photos of the chaotic eruption of St. Helena volcano in May 1980.
Footage showed ominous puffs of smoke drifting over Portland from nearby Washington state, where the infamous volcano killed 57 people and caused $ 1.1 billion in damages.
After photos of Mount St. Helena and a family portrait from the film were published in a local newspaper, they caught the attention of a man named Melvin Purvis, who said that the camera belonged to his late grandmother. Since the grandmother and mother of the man had already died, this find became especially exciting for him.
This is one of the first frames on an undeveloped film that was fortunate enough to once find Dimoff. Racing in Portland, 70s or 80s. It was these pictures that inspired her to further search.
Longview Bridge. On the back planets, the volcano of St. Helena begins its eruption.
Clouds of smoke from the eruption.
A family shot by which Melvin Purvis identified the camera.