A woman bought a projector at Goodwill and needs your help finding the family in the photos
Updated 12:20 AM ET, Tue July 17, 2018
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(CNN)With every photo of a beaming child, a glamorous adult or a shiny muscle car, the mystery deepens.
A woman sits at a bar in a strapless white gown, red heels and gloves, and a champagne coupe in her right hand. In another picture, four children sit on the roof of one of three classic cars parked on a lush green field. In another one, two girls playfully run -- with matching wide smiles, red tops and black shorts.
The photos are among a treasure trove of slides Kristie Baeumert found last month on a projector she bought at her local Goodwill store in North Georgia. The photos left her with many questions. Who are the people? What did they do? And most importantly, how can she find them and return their pictures?
"The more I looked at them, the more I wanted to know their story," says Baeumert, who lives in Fairburn, Georgia.
"These pictures are part of their family's story," she says. "They should have these memories to pass down and tell their story."
The memories cost $14.97
Baeumert was at the Goodwill store looking for items to add in a vintage camper she's restoring.
The Argus 300 Model III slide projector on the electronics aisle caught her attention.
"The outside of the case looked like a vintage item so I opened it up to peek," she says. "I actually discovered the slides when the cashier opened the box when I was paying."
When she got home and looked at the slides, she was so fascinated by the family photos, she invited her friends over to look at them.
The projector and slides cost $14.97, and she's hoping the photos will unlock priceless memories for a family.
Baeumert's original Facebook post asking for help finding the family has been shared almost two thousand times.
The family may have had military ties
The photos don't have names or locations -- but they leave behind subtle clues.
One picture of a long plane with the words "Wake Island" inscribed on the slide appears to point to a military family. The tiny speck of an island in the Pacific Ocean is mostly known for its role in World War II and its namesake 1942 film.
The island, owned by the US, is mostly home to military and civilian contractors, with more than 400 military aircraft stopping there to refuel every year.
Wake Island was the site of the first unsuccessful attack by Japanese forces in December 1941, the Defense Department says.