A collection of vintage Polaroid photos from the set of The Rocky Horror Picture Show are back in the hands of their original owner, thanks to the good Samaritan who found them after they were lost on a New York City subway platform in 2011. Brady Marter uploaded his surreptitious find, which includes shots of Tim Curry in and out of drag, to the website Collectors Weekly several years ago, saying that he had
“found these on the platform of the C train in TriBeCa in 2011…. some have writing on the back and Frankenfurter kissed the back of one.”
Marter was surprised when Larry Viezel said in the comments section saying he’d accidentally dropped the pics,
“These were part of a collection I bought from someone in New Mexico. These were used in making The Rocky Horror Scrapbook. I had it shipped to my office (I worked on the corner of Hudson and Canal) and was taking them home. A bunch fell out of my bag and I picked them up. When I got home I realized I missed one. Looks like I missed more than one! If it’s any proof, I’d be happy to show you the rest of the collection.”
The guy that found them was working just a few blocks away from where I was working in Manhattan at the time on Hudson Street when I lost them.
But he had since moved to the south. He was very gracious and returned them. I was incredibly grateful. He asked if he could keep one of them – the photo of the model of the church. I was happy to oblige. The photos are now back with the rest of my collection. I am very happy to have them back!”
So nice of Marter to return these. I might have tried to contact the people in the pictures (I know Nell Campbell, although I haven’t seen her in years and friends know Tim Curry) Otherwise, I might have have totally kept them not even thinking that the rightful owner could be found.