When someone opens a time capsule, it is so fascinating of what one is going to find out about the past. Peeking into someone’s past is an exciting experience. Recently, YouTuber Mathieu Stern got his chance to look at a precious memory of a little girl from the 19th Century.

He found the time capsule in his old house basement. He decided to revive the glass plate negatives. Scroll down to see what he found in the results.

French photographer, filmmaker, and YouTuber Mathieu Stern recently found a time capsule in his old family home and decided to bring the negatives he found inside back to life




Stern estimates the box he found in his old house to be from the year 1900

Stern discovered the little “time capsule” in the basement of his old family home after being told about it by a family member. “Because of my last video, someone in my family told me about a possible time capsule in our old family house,” he said.

Among other little trinkets, it contained two glass negatives that Stern, being ever the photography enthusiast, decided to bring back to life

He decided to do that using one of the oldest photography printing techniques in the world – cyanotype

“After investigation, I found a box dating from around 1900 judging by the objects and the technique of the photos found inside. So I decided to develop the images using the Cyanotype Process.”

He started out by covering a piece of paper with cyanotype solution

He then placed the glass negative on the paper covered with cyanotype solution in a wooden frame and secured it tightly

The wooden frame containing the negative was left to rest under UV light for almost half an hour

Stern then soaked the photograph in water and finished off with hydrogen peroxide

Thus, the memory of a cat who lived around 120 years ago came back to life

Stern didn’t forget the second picture

He used the same process to develop the glass negative

Only to get one more adorable picture of the same cat, this time along with her kitten and a sweet dog

People not only loved the story but even found a deeper meaning behind the photos