On a visit to the Alamo Antique Mall, a box of old 35 mm photographs caught Luis Muñoz's eye.
"I am not sure what hit home with these photos," says Muñoz, executive producer at Bauhaus Media Group, Inc. "Something deep within just told me I had to buy them and try to find these people."
So he set up a Facebook page called Finding Rose
, and says he's already gotten one lead, a possible ID on a man in one of the photos. He's uploaded more than a dozen photos.
"So far, I have found the name to one person, Armando Rodriguez, Jr. who supposedly graduated from Central Catholic in 1957 – that was a huge clue," Muñoz says. "Ironically enough, someone wrote me and says the girl’s name from the picture might actually be Rose Mary! That would be very strange as I named her 'Rose' and the project 'Finding Rose' before I knew that info."
Is this Armando Rodriguez, Jr.?
The photos show those pivotal moments and milestones in life from an era before Facebook and smartphones, including sweet sixteens, weddings and the photo of a new baby, along with moments of everyday life.
"I can’t imagine losing pictures like these and I can’t imagine someone in this family not wanting these back. They have been in a dark corner and lost for over 50 years," he says. "I just feel it's my mission to find the family and return these to them. To me, special photographs are priceless — I would think they would feel the same way."
Muñoz would like the public to share the Facebook page
, and look at the photos to see if they know anyone pictured and perhaps solve the mystery.
"Just hoping they are happy to see them if and when I find them, and that these photographs will bring a smile to their face and joy to their heart," he says.