The thrift store Opnieuw & Co in Mortsel, Belgium recently made a discovery that’s like opening a Hollywood time capsule. While sorting through a box of donated clothing and other items, workers there found an old photo album featuring the same woman posing next to A-list celebrities. Many of the images, that included the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Hanks, and Keanu Reeves, were taken a long time ago—Elijah Wood was just a kid and Bruce Willis was still rocking a full head of hair.
Typically, personal photographs are destroyed if they reach the thrift store, but employees figured that this album was too special and might’ve been given to them by mistake. Opnieuw & Co turned to the internet, where it was eventually determined that the lady present in all of the photos was Maria Snoeys-Lagler, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA is a non-profit organization of journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry; you might hear the name in association with Golden Globe Awards. Snoeys-Lagler was a Hollywood reporter who died in 2016 at the age of 87.
After figuring out the identity of the woman in the photographs, one of Belgium’s national TV stations used their contacts to locate Snoeys-Lagler’s daughter in California to ensure that the album will make its way safely to her.