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Jan 9, 2013 8:24 PM by JD Downing

Never-before-seen WWI photos found by accident

California - Talk about an amazing find! A collector of vintage photography equipment bought more than he bargained for after picking up an antique French camera at an antique store. Inside were never-before-seen images from World War I France.

Anton Orlov was the lucky finder of these historic war treasures.

He writes, "While viewing the images in their negative form it was difficult to say for sure what was on each of them, but after scanning them it became clear that they dated back to the First World War and were taken somewhere in France. Adding, "I absolutely love finding images that likely have never been seen by anyone in the world."

The black-and-white photos document some of the destruction of the French countryside. The images seem to be perfectly preserved, except for a couple that are marred by streaks of light.

All of the eight photos from the Jumelle Belllieni stereoscopic camera can be seen here on his blog.

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