The Island of Dowul


FOUND by Mark R. in Clearwater, FL

“Got this National Geographic map of the state of Florida, dated January 1978, from my in-laws when we moved to the sunshine state a few years ago. They found it at Clearwater Public Library in the Friends Book and Gift Store for fifty cents. The map has been up on a hallway wall ever since. Noticed what we call “The Island of Dowul” some time ago, written in light black ink, southeast of Saint Augustine, about thirty miles offshore. Why did someone write this? And what might be there?” -Mark

Everglades Gangsters


FOUND by Amber Dawn in North Carolina

Recently I acquired several slide trays which contained photos from the 1960s and early 1970s. This one is simply captioned “March 1970.” As far as I could tell, there were no more photos pertaining to the gun club, but there were a lot of vacation photos, so maybe these folks just stopped because they wanted to pose in front of this sign. I’ve done that before.

Up and Away


FOUND by Gill Alexander at a Goodwill store in Delray Beach, Florida

I found this, a few other photographs and a Marine Corps training “diploma” under a bunch of books. This was in 2007 at the height of the violence in Iraq. I feared the worst and thought it horrible that this marine’s stuff would be abandoned here. My decision to bring it home was my way of remembering whoever this person was. I did not think about it much for about four years. In late 2011 I all of a sudden realized that by plugging in the name on the diploma in Facebook I might get some more information. Sure enough, I found him. By then he was a student at Rutgers. He was very excited to hear about my recovering these items. Apparently someone had stolen his bag from a truck in Vero Beach, Florida, and he assumed the photos were lost forever. We are still Facebook friends today.