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It’s a Small World

Found by Ed Holmes in a beach garbage dump in Mazatlan, Mexico

It pictures a young hitchhiker with a rolled up sleeping bag with his thumb out. The car in front of him is about a 1950 Mercury Taxi. So far nothing unusual except for a few things:

* I knew that guy. We’d been in high school together. He graduated a year ahead of me and did what I had been talking about doing myself– leave Seattle and go to the southern tip of South America by motorcycle. He left with two other friends and got as far as Panama on their motorcycles and that is where the Panamerican Highway ended (and still does). The other two went to the Caribbean and he began to hitchhike south.

* This picture was probably taken in Quito, Ecuador (license plate of the Taxi attests to that) and written on the back of this 8×10 Black and White photo is the salutation, “Thank you for your help on my trip around the world, Seattle, Washington 4/3/61.” The fact that the photo was taken in Quito,Ecuador and wound up in a garbage dump on the beach in Mazatlan and came into my possession is truly a small world wonder.


  1. LindsayLou says:

    on March 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    Astounding find.

  2. Clover_in_the_Lawn says:

    on March 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm
    Found magic! What a great backstory. I hope Ed Holmes finds the guy in the photo. Google him, Ed! (Hope his name isn’t John Smith.)

  3. Clover_in_the_Lawn says:

    on March 5, 2014 at 11:09 pm
    Now I’m wondering… Is there really a garbage dump on the beach in Mazatlan? Why would they put a garbage dump on a beach?

  4. Chrome Toaster says:

    on March 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm
    Fantastic Find, and excellent Finder’s Blurb. (also.. an Ancestor to Adopt! that’s what Found is all about!)

  5. Chrome Toaster says:

    on June 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm
    this could also be a top contender for the “hottest guys of Found” competition.