Mohammed Ilyas was renovating his loft when he chanced upon a box hidden beneath the floorboards and in it was a cache of family pictures dating from the 1970s to the 1920s.
Now, the 38-year-old is keen to trace the owners of the pictures or their relatives.
Speaking to Times Past, he said: “I’m not one of those people who likes to throw things like this away. They obviously meant something to someone for them to save them like that so I think it would be great if I could find the family who they belong to.”
The married father, who works as a customer service technician in Leeds, told of the moment he made the discovery.
“I was renovating my loft and there was an area which hadn’t been touched and when I went to lift the floorboards, I saw this box, which was wedged in. It was old and cracked and I think it must have been put their deliberately rather than dropped.
The stash contains albums and individual pictures.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, I thought maybe there’s some old papers in there or maybe it’s just empty. When I opened it and saw all the pictures, I couldn’t believe it.
“A lot of the pictures are black and white but there are some colour ones in there. A lot of them are from the 1920s and some even have names on the back. There are also some pictures from the war era and some others from later, maybe the 1970s or 1980s.”
Father-of-four Mohammed, who moved into the Harehills property in 1997 and now lives there with his family, went on: “This is someone’s family history and I’d just like to be able to get them back to them. I originally found the box about a year ago and I’ve tried all sorts of things to trace anyone connected with it but so far I’ve had no results. I took them to my local library and they suggested I leave them with the staff but I was reluctant to do that. These are someone’s memories and they were obviously important to someone at the time, so that’s why I just didn’t want to give them away and not know what happens to them.
“Some of the pictures have first and last names written on them and some have dates also. Some were clearly taken during the war.”
He added: “I just want to get in touch with someone who knows about them and to give them back to the right family.”
One of the albums shows two children from birth to probably early teens. There names are as follows:-
Judith Mullineux, born June 9, 1949 and Helen Mullineux, born February 9, 1953.
The parents to these children are named as: Herbert Stanley Mullineux and Gladys Grundy.
There is also an old photo of a vicar, by the name of Rev K V Ramsey, Rev of St Pauls Peel Little Halton, who conducted the marriage ceremony of Albert and Gladys on April 4, 1945. He later became Bishop of Hulme.
Other photos have locations written on, such as Bolton.
Mohammed added: “We have taken photos of our family from our kids growing up to now, and it’s memories we like to treasure.”
If you recognise anyone in the pictures or you think you may have information pertaining to them, please contact Neil Hudson at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Neil Hudson, Times Past, Yorkshire Evening Post, 26 Whitehall Road, LS12 5BN, or ring 0113 238 8353 between 7am and 3pm weekdays.