Something very unique and historic has been dropped off at a thrift store in Kamloops, and the store owner fears it was a mistake.
Bonnie McBride, owner of the SPCA Thrift Store, found family albums filled with photos from World War II and a tour through Europe in the early fifties.
“They are fascinating and meticulously put together with dates, names and places,” she said.
McBride said she had received personal family heirlooms at thrift stores before, and sometimes the special items ended up there by mistake. She is determined to verify family ties before passing the archives on to a new owner.
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The albums are accompanied by an admission form from the Okanagan Military Museum which shows that they were loaned to the museum for the year 2004 by a person named Barbara Pollard.
“They include incredible detail about Europe during and after the war, but they also clearly have family in them,” McBride said. “Hopefully someone will recognize the family it belongs to and confirm it was meant to be donated.”
McBride discovered the donated albums just a few days ago.
“It’s funny how many times we end up with things that we dread to deal with,” she said. “We try to talk to people when they donate and sometimes we just don’t. We’ll find special things like baby albums and try to connect people with things they’ve accidentally given away.
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McBride said there is a market for historic family albums and if she can’t find the owners, she will find them a suitable place.
“We have old things going to antique stores looking for something like that,” she said. “We have items for collectors and people who are really interested in memorabilia.
“Someone has done such a great job that makes me think these albums are loved. If that love and history has passed through the generations of this family, it could mean a lot to someone.
If you have any archive information, please call the BCSPCA Second Chances Thrift Store at 1-236-425-1615 or drop by the store at 1211 8 Street, Kamloops.
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