I buy and sell old movies and a while back picked up a very sorry lot of 16mm films. They reeked of vinegar and and in some cases were severely dried out and curled up (at it's worst old movie film can look like a chain of raisins).
Today I started stripping the film off the reels and after gettiing past many, many feet of ruined film I got to film that looks like it might withstand the rigors of a movie projector.
I clipped snippets from the films and laid them out on my light table to see what was on them.
To my shock the first one showed what I assume is a 502nd PIR officer.