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Forgotten photos give nostalgic glimpse of 1950s Essex

A mystery couple enjoying a day out in the countryside. Photo: Emma Jacks.

When Emma Jacks made a three-pound punt on an old camera at a charity shop in Southend, she thought the film inside would be beyond repair.

But she took a chance, sent it in for developing, and was rewarded with six, somewhat blurry, but brilliantly atmospheric photographs from post-war Britain.

Most camera films only survive for around 20 years, but this one revealed a nostalgic glimpse of Essex 60 years ago.

One of the snaps shows a couple enjoying a day out in the countryside, while another features a young boy of about eight - perhaps their son.

Now Emma wants to trace the people in the photos - and has high hopes that the boy will still be alive.

It's thought the photos were taken in Essex in the 1950s.

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Some of the shots are a little blurry, but it is remarkable that they have survived at all. Credit: Emma Jacks.
Do you know who this young boy is? Email us at Credit: Emma Jacks.
An atmospheric shot of Southend Pier. Credit: Emma Jacks.
On your marks: a village cycle race. Credit: Emma Jacks.
An idyllic shot of the British countryside. Credit: Emma Jacks.