KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – It’s a Christmas mystery that you might be able to help solve. A 1942 film reel discovered in a Knoxville antique store has archivists hoping to identify the couple seen celebrating Christmas 79 years ago, amid World War II.
The video shared by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Sound & Image (TAMIS, a historical collection created by the Knox County Public Library, shows a young woman and an unknown U.S. servicemember in uniform together in front of a Christmas tree. The two appear to be sweethearts.
TAMIS staff do not know if the couple in the film is local to East Tennessee or what their story might be, but wouldn’t it be amazing to find out? If you believe you know the people in this video, or have any ideas about it, contact TAMIS or send WATE an email.
Eric Dawson, an TAMIS audiovisual archivist, said the reel was found in a Knoxville antique store about six years ago but its unknown where the video was recorded or who is being shown.
The Tennessee Archive of Moving Sound & Image contains over 5,000 reels and videotapes dating back more than 100 years which depict East Tennessee history through home movies, television programming, advertisements and other historical recordings. The audio collection also includes radio programming and other audio recordings dating back to the 1930s.
Hundreds of antique videos collected by TAMIS can be viewed by the public at https://vimeo.com/tamisarchive.