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[VIDEO] They Reunited Him With His Wallet, Lost For 71yrs Found During Renovations

When Sloan eventually got a hold of Mr. Macintosh, his first words were “I think we found your wallet.” Taken aback, Macintosh, said, “Well I haven’t lost my wallet.” Macintosh, who is now 85 years old and alive and well, admitted that he thought the call was a joke at first.

 

What are the chances of tracking down the owner of a wallet that was lost 71 years ago?

Larry Sloan, the owner of a theater in Nevada, Iowa theater felt defeated when one of his renovation workers found an old plastic wallet sitting on a piece of wood, lodged between floorboards. After tearing out the ceiling of a second floor apartment that was above the theater, the worker discovered the wallet that contained a hand-written ID, ration stamps from the war, a boy scout card and a few cherished photos. The ID card even had an if lost phone number that consisted of a lonely number eight. There was also a faded pocket calendar from 1944. Some of the materials were faded due to water damage, but the name and dates were crystal clear.

When the worker first presented the wallet to Sloan, they were stumped, having never seen a plastic wallet before. They immediately assumed it was a child’s wallet, but soon discovered that it belonged to Clare Macintosh, who resided in Colorado, Iowa back in 1944. The wallet was folded and pressed together securely and contained a window circle in the middle.

Macintosh had visited the building when he was fifteen years old and back when it was known as Circle Theater. The building was originally built in the 20s and was home to several generations of people who saw their very first movie. Sloan shared his feelings about the history of the building. “This is a place were people came to see their very first movie and may have had their first kiss, it’s definitely a historical place,” said Sloan. After several renovations, the building is now called The Talent Factory and puts on live stand up comic shows.

Sloan, who had a prior career as an investigator, went to work trying to track down Clare Macintosh. He obviously knew that he wouldn’t be able to call him up at the single digit number that was written on the ID card and he thought the odds of finding Mr. Macintosh alive and well were slim, but her persevered until he found the man.

When Sloan eventually got a hold of Mr. Macintosh, his first words were “I think we found your wallet.” Taken aback, Macintosh, said, “Well I haven’t lost my wallet.” Macintosh, who is now 85 years old and alive and well, admitted that he thought the call was a joke at first.

When the two united, Macintosh explained everything that was in the wallet, including a photo of his sister and his old boy scout card. He reminisced about the items that he hasn’t seen in 71 years, and told Sloan that he would cherish them forever. He placed the items in a plastic bag and brought them home for the first time in several decades. Macintosh was clearly flooded with memories and emotion when he saw the items and was maybe even brought back to the last time he was in the theater.

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