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A missing purse filled with love letters and prom photos was returned to its owner after 65 years

INSIDER logoINSIDER 3/11/2019 Janaki Jitchotvisut
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  • When high school student Marty Ingham Everett lost her handbag in high school 65 years ago, she likely never expected to see it again.
  • A renovation project at the school turned up the missing handbag - still full of its original contents - and the school district took to Facebook to get it back to its rightful owner.
  • When Everett received the bag in the mail, she couldn't believe the trip down memory lane - which included regular purse items, prom photographs, and three love letters.
  • Facebook commenters were immediately obsessed with finding out which lucky boy Everett took to prom - and luckily, she didn't keep them in suspense when speaking to the Washington Post.

Not everyone is still making high school milestones at the age of 81, but Marty Ingham Everett is someone with an intriguing and unique story.

According to The Washington Post, Everett - known as Martha Ina Ingham at the time - lost her purse at her high school of Jeffersonville High in Indiana. At some point, it slid down behind a cabinet in a science classroom and wasn't seen again until demolition crews started work for a 2019 renovation.

Everett's purse was an absolute treasure trove of items from the past

A compact, a comb, a lipstick, and a checkbook are essentials that purse-carrying people of any generation might find necessary. Finding a social security card and driver's license may also not be surprising.

But those who found the purse were surprised to find black and white photos from Everett's junior prom in 1954 - as well as three handwritten letters from different boys, according to The Washington Post.

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When the school district found the missing handbag, it took to Facebook to try to locate the purse's owner, and of course, it found her

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Public information officer Erin Bojorquez posted a plea for help in trying to locate Everett - and almost immediately, Everett's son found out about the bag and the connection was made.

The school mailed Everett - age 81, and now living in Florida - the handbag she probably hadn't thought about in years.

Everett told the Washington Post that "it was like opening a time capsule."

The three handwritten letters inside the bag were all from boys that Everett had dated

However, she only went to prom with one of them and it was quickly driving Facebook commenters wild to find out who.

Several commenters expressed sentiments such as "If you do find out who took her to prom will you update here?" on the school district's Facebook post.

The letters came from boys named Paul, Carter, and Torchy and looking at the photos obtained by the Washington Post.

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However, it was Carter Williams in the accompanying prom photographs. Everett told the Washington Post, "He was my first boyfriend. I had an awful lot of things in my purse, but I know that the letter from Carter was special. That's why I kept it."

Both Everett and Williams didn't talk again after high school graduation - and both went on to marry different people and start families of their own. However, Williams told the Washington Post that Everett was also his first kiss - as well as his first love, "a real sweetheart, and a great gal."

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INSIDER reached out to Everett for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Related: Hundreds of lost World War II-era love letters found [Provided by Stitch]

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