He recently came across one of his biggest finds so far: 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II.
Bettweiser tells us he found the film rolls in late 2014 at an auction in Ohio. About half the rolls were labeled with various location names (i.e. Boston Harbor, Lucky Strike Beach, LaHavre Harbor). “I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to,” he says.
Here’s a great 10-minute video in which Bettweiser talks about the film and how he went about recovering them in his lab at home:
Filmed By: Tucker Debevec
Audio Engineer: Eric Bower
Original Music: Mark Doubleday
Second Camera: Eric Bower
Edited by: Levi Bettwieser
Bettweiser says he gets nervous when developing the first roll in any batch of film, since the results with that one often indicate how fruitful the rest of the batch will be.
Luckily, in the case of these 31 WWII rolls from over 70 years ago, wonderful images emerged from the developing tank:
You can find more of the rescued WWII photos on the Rescued Film Project website.
(via ISO 1200)