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Collector wants to find owners of family photos from repossessed storage units

Missing family photos from a repossessed storage unit?

Entrepreneur Bill Mont hopes he can help.

Last year, Mont began the tedious task of unloading 10 tractor trailers full of goods he began accumulating in 1960. His Robie Street warehouse is still filled with a wide assortment of items he wants to unload before the building housing his inventory is torn down.

Although Mont still has a great deal to sort through, the octogenarian wants to find the owners of family photos he has uncovered from the repossessed storage units he purchased over the years.

Most recently, he found a very large, dark blue album stuffed full of photos and certificates providing a very detailed history of one man's Canadian naval career spanning the early 1960s to about 1990. Mont described it as the largest album he'd ever seen.

One photo identifies the uniformed man as Michael P. White, and Mont wants to find him or a member of his family.

"I get lots of pictures and things, but this album is a huge one, this is the guy's whole navy life, and not just his life, but it includes photos and things about his friends," Mont said.

"We have the ships HMCS Cornwallis, Crescent, Lauzon, Iroquois and more. He was in New York, Bermuda, Ireland, England, Scotland. Think of all these other people in this album who might like to know about these photos and this information."

Mont's determination to find the owner of the album, or at least the man's relatives, led him to call The Weekly News last week. He then began to ponder the future of all the other photos he has found, and those he has yet to find, in the unsorted piles of goods.

"I was lucky years back when doing the Sackville flea markets when I would put rows of pictures out, I managed to get rid of some as people went by and recognized themselves or family members," he said. "I would never destroy these things, it's just not in my nature."

After flipping through the album filled with navy photos, mementoes, and many family photos, Mont turns his attention to a large Christmas box across the table.

He taps the box stuffed to the top with family photos. Babies, grandparents, graduation photos, you name it, they're in there. The only identifying information he found in that pile was a Nova Scotia Power envelope addressed to a David Hemlow living on Creighton Street.

"This one is filled with baby photos, grandparents, family events, and other family stuff. And this is just a small sample," he said.

"If people out there have lost photos through repossessed storage units, they can call me and leave their names. If I come across anything I'll get back to them and they can pick it up."

Mont's warehouse is located at 3065 Robie St. He can also be reached at 830-3732.

ydentremont@hfxnews.ca

 

Organizations: The Weekly News, Nova Scotia Power

Geographic location: Robie Street, New York, Bermuda Ireland England Scotland Creighton Street

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  • bill mont
    August 22, 2013 - 19:22

    found a home for the naval album to the naval musuem and another brother is coming in for his brothers stuff tomorrow more to go bill mont