Rudolph R. Resta, a former art director in the New York Times promotions department, lost his wallet in 1970, only to have it returned to him 40 years later—this week.
Reported in The New York Times, the wallet was recovered by a security guard named José Cisneros who found it tucked in a crevice between an unused window and the cement wall behind it. (The thief is assumed to have stashed it there after removing the cash back in 1970.)
Though the money was gone, the wallet still served as a time capsule for Resta, holding yellowing photos of his sons (now in their forties) and his “still glamourous” wife, Angela, standing in front of a Pontiac Grand Prix in a genuine Jaguar stole. The wallet even preserved a newspaper clipping of Ted Kennedy’s eulogy for his brother, Robert F. Kennedy.
According to The Times:
“My father always said, ‘Stick with a company,’ ” Mr. Resta recalled, which certainly turns out to be sensible advice if you’re going to lose your wallet for 40 years.
Click the photos above to view the wallet and its contents.