Mystery photo find in Amazon delivery leads back to Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 July 2018

The press photo stamped with 'Copyright Welwyn & Hatfield Times. Picture: Archant

The press photo stamped with 'Copyright Welwyn & Hatfield Times. Picture: Archant

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Can you help reunite these old family pictures with their owners?

Sadly, the photo of a beautiful woman has been damaged. Picture: unknownSadly, the photo of a beautiful woman has been damaged. Picture: unknown

Clare Shippey, who lives in Devon, got an extra surprise in her Amazon delivery earlier this week.

She had ordered a book called “Herbal Remedies” from the second hand section of the site, and when she opened it up, a handful of historical family snaps fell out.

Amazed by her unexpected find, Clare noticed that one of them had “Copyright Welwyn & Hatfield Times” stamped on the back, with one of the paper’s old addresses and phone numbers.

The rest are not press images but informal family album pictures.

This 1930s-looking image could be a wedding photograph or people in their Sunday best. Picture: unknownThis 1930s-looking image could be a wedding photograph or people in their Sunday best. Picture: unknown

Working on the assumption that the book’s previous owner might have been local to the newspaper, Clare picked up the phone and offered to put them in the post.

She hopes the newspaper can reunite the charming pictures with their owners.

“I would love to hear if you do manage to reunite them with their owner,” said Clare.

The photographs, mostly black-and-white, seem to range across several decades between the 1930s through to the 1980s.

The clue that led Clare to call the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Picture: Mia JankowiczThe clue that led Clare to call the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Picture: Mia Jankowicz

They show informal family portraits and scenes from garden and holiday life - including what looks to have been a very successful fishing trip.

Some of the pictures are in poor condition, with some tears and rips.

As there is no date, it is not easy for the Welwyn Hatfield Times reporters to find the press photo in our archives - so we’re calling out to the public for help.

Do you recognise yourself or any family members in these pictures?

Children - who will be all grown up by now - looking smart for their portrait. Picture: unknownChildren - who will be all grown up by now - looking smart for their portrait. Picture: unknown

If you think you know who they belong to, contact news@whtimes.co.uk

One of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknownOne of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknown

One of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknownOne of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknown

A successful (but apparently smelly) fishing trip. Picture: unknownA successful (but apparently smelly) fishing trip. Picture: unknown

One of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknownOne of the pictures Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknown

One of the photos Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknownOne of the photos Clare received in her Amazon delivery. Picture: unknown

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