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Retro armchair bought from a flea market has a secret photo album hidden inside - buyer finds owner through Facebook

Retro chair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

A seemingly ordinary chair bought from a flea market had a secret hidden inside when a scriptwriter found a photo album.

The retro armchair. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

The photos show a young man posing with family and friends in the 1960s and 1970s.

Retro armchair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

Thirty-four-year-old Oli Lansley found the lost album when he took home a second-hand armchair from a furniture sale near in Brockley, south London.

So Mr Lansley posted the pictures on Facebook to see if he could find the owner.

Retro armchair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

Ok Facebook- Time to earn your keep... I have a challenge for you. I bought an old armchair from a flea market in Brockley. Underneath the seat was an old photo album containing literally an entire life's worth of photos.

If you could, please share these pictures and if anyone recognises this dude (and what a dude- check out those socks- hero) then please get in touch.

This is someone's history and I would love to get it back to them.

– Oli Lansley on Facebook

The post on Facebook quickly went viral as it was shared more than 20,000 times before Mr Lansley was contacted by the daughter of 58-year-old Noel Douglas.

Good morning world, wow, what a phenomenal response to my lost photo album- turns out humans are actually pretty great sometimes. Just to keep you all in the loop, I have a lead! Watch this space...

– Oli Lansley posting on Facebook
Retro armchair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

It turned out to be the man pictured in the photographs.

Retro armchair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas
Retro armchair has a secret photo album hidden inside. Credit: Facebook/Noel Douglas

I am really excited.

I have never been able to show my daughter a picture of her grandmother before as she died before Hollie was born.

It’s fantastic.

I thought I would never see those photos again.

– Noel Douglas speaking to the Evening Standard

Mr Douglas, who lives in Crystal place thinks he lost the album when he was moving house 20 years ago.