(Picture from PostSecret posted on Sunday February 3, 2008)

Do you recognize any of these people? Each one of these lost photos came from a found camera or memory stick. Check back again for more pictures.

Tell your friends about this site and let's all try to return some of these lost pictures home.

107 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looks like you just made this page as a link through post secret.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! I hope you get lots of interesting stories and pictures. Good luck!

Jenny said...

What a sweet idea! Good show.

Southern Writer said...

What a great idea. My camera isn't missing, but there's a roll of film out there I'd like to find. I finally got together with good friends after 30 years, and promptly lost the film. :-(

Anonymous said...

I haven't found a camera but Wal Mart lost a roll of my film from a concert. I hope some one got to enjoy my pictures of Story of the Year.

Alison said...

http://foundmagazine.com would be a great place to post some of the pics... they have a huge readership...

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine recently lost her brand new camera in the Amsterdam airport. If anyone goes through there, keep an eye out for it, will you?

kimbrey said...

my boyfriend recently lost his really nice digital camera at washington dulles airport. you can keep the camera, but i hope the pictures we took show up here.

Alyson Clair said...

this is a fantastic idea!

Anonymous said...

I lost a memory card at Disney World last November. I still miss the pictures of our first day. I hope someone found it and enjoyed what they saw.

Anonymous said...

Looks like your just trying to cash in on Post Secrets idea. You yanks are pukey.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Good luck, and I hope to see everything when it's up and running.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a happy story -- yet -- but your site gives me hope. There was an article on line last week about a found camera and the lengths to which a family in NY went to find the owners. That renewed my hope that a camera I lost over 2 years ago in Baltimore might still be out there in a good person's hands and I started wondering how to find it. (I believe I lost it in the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor so it is most likely that it was not found by a Baltimore resident (unless it was more stolen than lost!)

I lost a lot of irreplaceable photos because there were also SanDisk with pictures because I brought them to show a friend and my hard drive failed shortly thereafter and I lost my photos...my son dressed in a "puffy shirt" and tricorner hat that he HAD to have on his first trip to Williamsburg, class trips, a big family trip to Orlando, farewell photos of colleagues, Christmas...the gamut.

I ran an ad and a scammer got my hopes up. I think of my pictures all the time with such regret. I'd still be so overjoyed to be reunited...I've replaced the camera, so I just want my photos...I'd even send a healthy reward and the camera dock.

I am a big believer in karma and I have gone to great lengths to reunite cell phones and their owners. Perhaps my camera-finder has the same karma and just saw your site!!

Thanks for starting this!! (BTW, your email address didn’t work…)

Anonymous said...

Someone stole my daughter's cellphone at school in November. We've gotten over our anger and don't care about the phone, but we'd really like to have the pictures from it...especially the ones of Sum 41.

Anonymous said...

Im in.
We found pictures at Niagra Falls on a family vacation a 2 summers ago.
They were of an Asain family at tons of different tourist attractions,
I wish they wouldve been ours, it would be great to travel to the places in those pictures.

Email me if theyre yours, kt_blacklight@yahoo.com, we still have them.

Taleah said...

what a beautiful idea! I hope you'll post the happy stories as well as the pictures

sera ashligh said...

I lost a roll 11 years ago and still hope it will turn up one day. My mom took a picture of me in front of our linen closet on my 1st day of school (in kindergarten)
The roll I lost had the picture she took of me on my last day of school in front of our linen closet. I hope whoever found it, finds this site.

Found said...

Hi everyone, thanks for sharing!

In case there are others having troubles with the email link, please copy and paste:

orphanpictures@gmail.com


Take care!

Anonymous said...

The link to the happy-ending NY story
http://www.physorg.com/news120495692.html

cinemajunky said...

I lost a group of developed photographs seven years ago while riding on a bus from New Orleans to Lafayette. I miss them dearly and have a good idea that the bus driver threw them away after telling us we could leave our belongings on the bus during a layover. If I'm wrong and someone has them, please email me at S.murf.mess.iah@hot.mail.com (remove the .'s except for the .com)

Southern Writer said...

I believe y'all are missing the point of this site. I'd like to see the pictures found, and read about the reunions for myself. How is someone going to know if they have my pictures unless I claim them?

Maria said...

GREAT idea! My husband and I lost our camera on the way home from our honeymoon. It had a full roll in it, and I'm STILL kicking myself that I didn't immediately take out the roll and leave it somewhere safe. The loss of a camera=who cares, it's just money. The loss of a full roll with pictures from our honeymoon=tragic.

I hope whoever found it held on to the roll and finds this page.

tawnylyra said...

I think this is a great idea, I've never found a camera before but I have found a single picture, maybe I'll try to find it and scan it if I do.

Also, during the summer of 2007 I worked as a prep cook at Four Winds Westward Ho (a children's camp) on Orcas Island (one of the San Juan islands in Washington) and every day me and the other prep cooks saw a disposable camera sitting on the shelf, and after a month we realized nobody knew whose it was or how long it had been there, so our boss told us to either use it or throw it away, so we started taking one or two pictures a day until camp was over.

Everyone did a huge cleaning and moving of everything in the kitchen to prepare for winter, and when we went to leave, we couldn't figure out where the camera had gone. It was green and white, I don't remember the brand. My digital camera had broken right before this trip so I literally have ZERO pictures of me working in the kitchen and I'm very disappointed that we misplaced this camera!

If in some strange coincidence someone ended up with this camera and got the pictures developed, please let me know! The pictures will of either me or one of the other prep cooks, so it'd be girls with brown hair in a big kitchen probably acting goofy, wearing hats and aprons or dark blue shirts with WH in a big C in white on the top.

Anonymous said...

A green and white disposable camera is probably a Fuji. Very good film.

colleen said...

Brilliant! I hope this site really does work! Walmart chose not to develop my husbands pictures from Iraq and they threw a whole roll of film away instead of just choosing pictures. I know very well the pain of loosing important memories. I hope someone out there finds their missing pictures.

jjs23 said...

this is such a fantastic idea... i lost my camera a few years ago, was devastated over losing those pictures and thought to myself that even IF someone wanted to return my camera, how would they? brilliant.

Anonymous said...

I lost my camera 2 years ago..There were so many memories on there that I wish I had..

Luke Hunter said...

man, that was fast

postsecret said...

Hi Matt,

I hope we can do some good work here.

-Frank
PostSecret

ekwisdom said...

My camera was stolen from my high school prom in 2000, in Quincy, Illinois. You can keep the camera, but the memories were priceless...

Such a great idea! I hope it is successful. :)

Camilla said...

I'm in! I'm spreading the word about your blog to all the places I visit on the internet.

Best of luck with it!

Camilla
:)

kate said...

summer before last i went to europe for three weeks. i left my camera either on the plane or in the airport on the way home. it was a pretty cheap digital camera. but if someone has the pictures please tell me.
katelynkrunkk@aol.com

thanks!

kym said...

I'm in. My brother once borrowed my camera and subsequently lost my almost-finished roll of film from my New Years Eve night. I was devastated. I hope this reunites some people with their lost memories!

Becky said...

This site is a great idea! Hope it helps a lot of people

Anonymous said...

What a GREAT idea! I love taking photos, and would be so sad if I ever lost my card -- but thrilled if someone like you went out of their way to return them to me. What a very kind act. Thank you.

George, Group Admin said...

This is a great effort and will grow rapidly.

George

Anonymous said...

I can here hoping to look at more photos...where do we send the delevoped rolls we find?

Sil said...

My father died in August 2001 while on his way down from Mount Matterhorn in Switzerland. The camera that was with him at this time was never found. Should some mountaineer have found it by chance, I would like to know. Even if the film has been ruined by the fall. Better to know it's ruined than still hope that it's out there somewhere.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea! I currently have some disposable cameras that are undeveloped that I found in my Mom's basement when she moved into her new house. She bought it from family, but it will still be interesting to find out whats on them.

Emprezz25 said...

I have to say this is a great idea and I hope it works. My boyfriend and I lost our digital camera on New Years in City Walk Orlando. We know that we are never going to see the camera again, but it be nice to at least get the memories back. I hope this website works for at least some of us that have lost the memories to at least get some hope of getting them back.

MsCrys said...

This is a great idea for a site! :D

Ignore all the rude comments from people. One day (God forbid) if they lose their film or camera, I'm sure they'll think of this site and be grateful it's here.

Best of luck!

Anonymous said...

I lost a memory stick at Disneyworld/seaworld in orlando almost 3 yrs ago. It was my kids first time to the theme parks. I took thousands of pictures, including pics of the parades. Somehow my memory stick went missing from a closed portal on my camara that also houses my batteries which weren't missing. If someone has that stick, I don;t need the stick as I have replaced it but I would love those pics back. They were 2 and 9m old.

spajunkie17 said...

What a positive & kind thing to do. The drugstore where we took our film over 13 yrs or so ago, lost funny pictures of a friend's Jewish/Quaker wedding in the Cleveland, OH flats. I wonder if anyone out there found them. I vow now to bring ANY found pictures or film here!
This is a fantastic site idea!
I wish you ALL of the BEST!

Anonymous said...

I love this idea, I lost (or someone stole) my camera on a plane from Cincinnati to Paris summer 2002, I still think about the photos ..
Jennie

dramarose said...

I love this site! I got a set of pictures put in my name by accident when I was developing some of my own years ago. I always wondered who those people were. You have created a site many will enjoy. Thanks!

Chloe said...

this is an amazing idea. i cannot tell you how many pictures i have lost, and i'm still in high school. i would do anything to recover some of them.

and to all the haters:
why waste your time slamming other people's ideas? appreciate that they are putting their time into a project like this, so that people can be reunited with lost memories.

Greta Murphy said...

I KNOW THESE PEOPLE! They are GREAT! I will try to get them in touch with the web page. What a creepy small world.
~Greta

Julie said...

We had vacation pictures developed at a Walgreens in Portland OR. They gave us somebody elses pictures, of what looked like a wonderful vacation in Europe. Ours was just our trip from WI to Portland. It sure would be nice to have them though. We took the Europe pictures back to the store in hopes the other people did the same thing. They didn't....

Brandy Lynn said...

almost two years ago, my kodak digital camera was stolen from a silver dodge neon in little rock, ar, along with a car stereo. i don't care to have the camera or stereo back, but there were photos of my infant son on the memory card, and i would love to have those back.

tanyafaye76 said...

I lost a roll of film on a tour bus in England in 1993. The whole roll was of Dover Castle with people re-enacting the middle ages I think. I doubt I will ever get it back but you never know! I hope someone found it and didn't throw it away. Maybe one day I will see my photo's on here.

Christy said...

I love this concept and idea. I lost a camera after a trip to Boston last summer, and felt like the entire weekend had been taken away from me. I'd love nothing more than to see some of those photo's appear and get my memories back!

Anonymous said...

This website gives me a tiny shred of hope that somebody who found my camera I lost this past summer would post its photos. My hope is dim however - I lost it in a tiny village on one of Croatian islands. Sometimes I search web in hope to find them..ridiculous, ha? At this point, I couldn't care less for the camera/memory cards - I would just love to have all the photos I took back... Good luck to all!

Anonymous said...

Lost a roll of film in Daytona Beach, Fl 6 and a half years ago.. It was our honey moon, the only film with US in it... I wish someone would return it to me.. those memories are in my heart but I would love to have it on paper as well.. this is a wonderful Idea.. I will check this blog often

Cass said...

I lost my camera (which I received from my mother that passed away) in Seattle. I pray everyday that the camera and picture (some from Disney World, Florida Vacation and Washinton St. Vacation) somehow make their way back to me. I will watch this site in hopes that it happens. Thanks for the hope!

cv said...

Awesome Idea...It's a favorite now.

Nicole said...

I think this is an AWESOME idea!! A few years ago I had a disposable camera get confiscated before entering a concert.. they said I could pick it up when I left and I forgot. Of course this had to be 300 miles away so I couldn't go back :( On the stub they gave me to show proof of my item it said they would donate any unclaimed items to charity.. I always wonder if they did that who developed my pictures and what they did with them.

Kate said...

will you let us know if someone claims the pictures? just for fun?? =)

Found said...

i will definitely be sharing success stories!

i would also like to know if anyone has had past experiences where there camera was lost then returned to them by a helpful stranger!

Anonymous said...

My best friend from elementary school (who is now a photographer)attended my wedding 11 years ago in Pennsylvania...she then traveled to New York City and lost the roll of film of black and white pictures that she took. I wish that I had those pictures because they would've been so special to me.

Debbe said...

I love your idea! If I ever find any orphaned cameras or pictures I'll be sure to send them this way!

Anonymous said...

I sent this in to PostSecret. I'm glad it inspired you, haha. I'll email you a few of the other pictures and some more information soon!

Anonymous said...

I lost a camera on New Yeares Eve (07'/08') Pictures of my 2 children were on it, along with my night out with my wonderful and not often seen friends. If you find it, please let me know. I lost it in Austin Texas, between 4th and 6th street.
kellymsauve@yahoo.com

crickett said...

What a wonderful and uplifting site. It's one I will check often.

I'd love to see some success stories of pictures reunited with the people who took them!

Anonymous said...

When I was in high school, and very heart-broken over the loss of my first love, I handed the photos of he and I off to a friend. I trusted that she'd keep them until I was ready to see him again. Now, at 21, I've lost touch with that friend and I always wonder what ever happened to those photos. I know I'll never see them again, but having lost some photos myself, I certainly understand how much this site means to the few who will find their photos.

Deeg said...

my boyfriend lost his memory card on the plane ride home from a 2-week trip all around Europe. There was a group of us and we went to places such as Paris, Amsterdam, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Sienna, Nice, and Monacco. If anyone found this memory card I would love to have it back.

dgerard727@yahoo.com

nadia said...

fyi... today's the 4th, not the 11th

Jen said...

What an awesome idea.

I hope the idea spreads!

Molly said...

Love It!

hg wells said...

I lost my digital camera in Ecuador while hiking. I highly doubt anyone will ever find it but it had pics from a previous trip to Cuenca and other small surrounding towns on it, I would love it if some one found it.
So, cheers to the site and the folk(s) that started it for at least giving people/the world a chance to try and reconect!

Ojala que alguien puede encontrar mis fotos y quiere regalarme las fotos por el RED! (Los siento para mi espaƱol y errores gramaticales)

VertigoVirgo said...

This is cool...and for Anonymous blogger #1...don't be a hater.

I think I will post your blog on my page under POST SECRET...someone might find something they lost. :)

EmmaLee276 said...

hey that is me! my cousin reads post secret and just called me-what a great idea! how can I get in contact with you??

postsecret said...

Hi,

This is Frank from PostSecret.

Can you send a picture of yourself and tell us about the other pictures so we know it is you?

Thanks,
-Frank

Anonymous said...

I have lost film too. It has pictures from bible school on it. Meijer managed to lose them, but I keep hoping someone, somewhere may have them.

Mattie said...

This is a great site! And, I don't see how it could possibly be construed as a ripoff of PostSecret--where one gets inspired and the product that comes from inspiration are not the same in their finished products.

Good luck! If I find any cameras, I'm coming straight to you.

Anonymous said...

This looks like the upper eating area of a restaurant at Punta Cana, D.R.

Brianne said...

I lost a camera in Wales about 8 years ago. It had the only pictures I took of my host family and our adventures. It makes me really sad that I have nothing but my memory to rely on to see them again. =(

garyhillary said...

we lost a camera in Nov 06 in Chicago or maybe Indianapolis. It was a Kodak Easy Share. On it were pictures of our son graduating Navy boot camp, Sears Tower, a beach on Lake Michigan and Kenosha, WI.It would be great if we could get these pictures back. We already have a new camera, which I left on a shuttle bus on our way to San Diegolast year. We got that one back about half hour after I missed it.

Anonymous said...

I lost a hard disk at West Coast Park, Singapore just last week, Feb '08. It contains past assignments, songs and photos spanning 3 years including family photos and trips to Cambodia and France. As I have no other backups for the photos, I would really really hope to have my hard disk back.

Please contact me at mis_fest@yahoo.com if you have found it. I will be willing to reward anybody who contacts me with my hard disk.

Trav said...

I wish I had known about your website sooner. I found a memory card in the middle of nowhere.

See here:
http://flickr.com/photos/baggis/sets/72157603051425166

Come to find out the guy was looking for the Bus #142 from "Into the Wild" where Chris McCandless had his last days.

I found the owner 16 days after posting the pictures.

See the details here:

http://flickr.com/photos/baggis/sets/72157603051425166

This is a good idea for a website!

Anonymous said...

I've listed http://ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com/ as my website under my contact information. I've had friends notice and the word is spreading.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing idea. I lost one of the rolls of film from the beach in Costa Rica in summer 2003 and I've always wished they could somehow come back to me... here's hoping!

Bonnie said...

I lost my camera about 2 1/2 years ago in Peru. I was taking a bus from Puno to Cusco. I accidentally left my camera on the bus. It was never turned in and I don't know that someone didn't pick it up and run with it--that's the most likely scenario, I figure. In any event, on the off-chance that someone well-intentioned picked it up, it has many precious pictures from my time abroad--Machu Picchu, Puno, Cusco, etc. Please post if you know anything. . .

Anonymous said...

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=12742905

she looks like the girl in this picture.

Allison said...

In summer of 2006 I worked at a Katrina Relief Center in Ocean Springs, MS. I took some incredible pictures of the reckage and it really was a life changing experience for me. However, literally five minutes before we left, I put my camera down on a table outside so i could grab my suitcase. You can keep the camera but I would love to get the pictures back. It's a Fujifilm FinePix A600 digital camera.

mario08 said...

cool website......i just found out about this website today, it came out on "the desert sun" news paper, next time i find a camera i knoe what to do with it......

p.s
good luck on your future Matt.

Agtesque said...

I lost my camera on Corfu (Greece) back in 1992. I don't have *any* pictures of that trip at all. It would be wonderful to have those photos if by some miracle someone has them...

mynissy said...

Great idea. I lost a camera in Chicago in 2006. Set it down while loading my mother's wheelchair into a cab. End of story. Any chance someone found a Canon G5 in a case near the Hancock building? Lots of pictures of four old ladies and three little kids! You can keep the camera but I would LOVE the pictures on the cards.
Nancy in Alaska

G.Early said...

I friend just told me about your site. I am in great hopes that someone will read or hear about this site and post my precious photos that were on a camera I lost in New York the last week of December 07. It was our first trip there and I made the most spectacular pics of my children. The memories I wanted to share with so many of our friends and family are gone but I do hold them dear within my heart. I think I lost my camera either during a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" play (my 7 year old daughters favorite) or on the subway. I tried for 2 months with no avail to see if the theater had found it. I keep praying each day someone, somehow will contact me. I am hopeful this is the answer. I will forward this site to all that I know because I do know how sadden I have been.

live42dy said...

This sight is great. I found it from publicity in today's Atlanta paper. I lost a digital camera and lots of pictures of my move from Maine to Georgia in October 2006. If anyone finds it, the pics would be of 2 dogs and a cat in the front seat of my truck as well as pics of my friend driving a big UHaul truck. Also I think there were some of a race hauler passing us on the interstate. Please e-mail me if you have the pics at live42dy@yahoo.com.

Anonymous said...

I left our camera in a rental car in Florida in March of 2008 and rental company said never was found. I don't need camera just memory card with special memories of Disney World vacation. It was a whole years worth of photos.

Anonymous said...

I lost my digital camera around May 19, 2008 when I flew from San Diego to Chicago. It had a memory card with pictures of my elderly relatives in Florida, an Andre Rieu concert, Disneyworld, and other stuff. Keep the camera, just please contact me about the memory card. thank you.
rsnvg8@aol.com

Anonymous said...

how sweet is this?! wish i'd thought of it!!! i lost an elph LT260 in Cupertino, California in the summer of 2003. I could care less about the camera, but it had pictures on there of some of my best memories! If I remember correctly (it was a long time ago) there would have been pictures mostly around a pool, and at the beach in Santa Cruz. If anyone has any idea about this camera please contact me! It would mean the world to me to have it back! steffiegrace@aim.com

martine said...

I lost a memory card (sd type) last year in Sao Paolo Bresil i really hope that my pictures are gonna end up on this site one day. Picture are mostly from Argentina and some from New-York.

Anonymous said...

I lost a camera on a flight on my way to Denver Colorado in January (2008). It is a Panasonic Lumix (brand new) and was lost along with a black 80GB ipod. I didn't find any familiar pics on the site but would love to hear from someone if they found it! (I can identify the ipod and some of the pics on the camera. . .if you need proof)

wolfjr said...

I wish all the best of luck in returned photos and memories! We left a camera bag with a digital and video camera on a ride in Walt Disney World back in June 2007. It was never recovered. Lost/stolen we don't know, but it makes me sick to think of those moments we captured being lost! It had pics from my daughter's sixth b-day at Disney and our trip to the coast where my kids played in the ocean for the first time. Would give just about anything for the memory card and video tapes.....This is a great site, I hope you can help many be reunited with their lost treasures.

Laura said...

I left a roll of film in Paris in 1988. Anyone find it? I went back after 3 days and they said they threw it away.

Anonymous said...

I lost a waterproof disposable camera overboard from the HMS Bounty on Lake Michigan north of Chicago back in the summer of 2004....yes, is was the REAL Bounty from the Marlon Brando movie that took paying passengers. Funny, the captain did not want to turn the ship around to pickup the floating camera. It has pics of the tall-ship and view from the rigging. No South Sea girl pics.

Rebecca M. Martin-Quigley said...

In the spring / summer of 1993 I was travelling cross country with a group of homeless kids with the intention of compiling a photo documentary about our experience. In New Orleans, LA my project reached an abrupt end when my camera gear and about 30 rolls of film were stolen from the trunk of our car. Lesson learned? Never leave anything of value in a vehicle, locked or otherwise when surrounded by homeless people. Anyhoo, in all likelyhood the exposed rolls were dumped and the camera hocked for dope money but this is a total hope against hope. The pictures would have been of lots of grubby hippie / punk rock looking kids, squalid "squats" (housing comprised of abandoned buildings) and then some pictures of 'Rainbow gatherings', on the road type pictures....and would have been primarily black and white. If you think you might have seen anything like this - please contact me at rebekkahmartin@earthlink.net.
Thanks and PEACE!
Rebekkah

Matt said...

I lost my camera at the McDonalds on Sand Lake Rd in Orlando. Nothing feels worse than losing a vacation worth of photos of your children...

Anonymous said...

i lost my manual nikon fg40 on a cross country road trip.i either left it at the tower motel in hot springs arkansas, or i put it on top of my car and drove off (very tired from all the driving!) the last pictures on it were of a beautiful sunset atop a fire tower in wither tennessee or hot springs - can't rmemeber which. it's been ten years ago now, and unlike the rest of you, i would rather have the camera then the photos! my parents gave it to me as a gift in college when i decided i wanted to study photography - so much sentimental value! thanks and many happy returns (literally)
m roth
mmrmaid@aol.com

Anonymous said...

my camera is missing i lost it Febuary 14th, 2009 in L.A.

Anonymous said...

my cousin's camera was stolen on a trip to South America. Maybe her pics will show up...

Phil said...

This nearly made me cry. I don't know why.

Anonymous said...

For those of you who have replaced your lost camera and want hopes of finding your new camera if ever lost again... try this. On a white piece of paper with black marker write your name and either email address or cell phone number (something that someone could contact you) on. Take a picture of this paper and then view it on your camera to see if it can be read... hopefully the person that finds your lost camera will do the right thing and call or email you to tell you that they found it. Good luck everyone!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea. My husand and I travelled to Hawaii in August 2002 with our 1 year old son. We took many photos but lost the 3 rolls of film at the airport in Hawaii. The airport later informed us that they don't have them in the lost and found. i'm hoping whoever was behind us in line picked them up from the security check and still has them. If you do, please let us know.

Anonymous said...

Great Idea!!! I lost my JVCGZ-MS 120 yesterday 28-10-2009, in front of the Main Church in Amiens -France, around 15:00 o'clock. Just hope the person that found it post my pictures of London here. The city has survey cameras all over. I will find the one that took it. He should leave it at the tourist office. Before it is two late.

Ivy said...

I lost a small black Nikon Coolpix camera in the London-Stansted airport on Sunday, November 16th. Possibly around the men's restroom/ security check point. If found, please keep the camera but return to us the memory chip as it holds hundreds of irreplaceable photos of my fiance and I.
Ivy
039 320 808 6043 (Italian cell)
ivywarwick@gmail.com (email)

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