After an employee working on the refurbishment of Southern California’s historic Majestic Ventura Theater discovered it inside a crawl space, a woman was reunited with a pocketbook she had lost 46 years earlier.

According to the Ventura County Star, Tom Stevens used social media to try to track out the owner based on clues in the wallet, which included old pictures, a 1973 Grateful Dead concert ticket, and Colleen Distin’s California driver’s card, which expired in 1976.

“Does anyone know Colleen Distin?” he asked on the theater’s Facebook page. “While doing some maintenance we have found her wallet. There are a bunch of pictures of people, and they are super cool from that era also. Someone may want them. So if you are, or if you know Colleen, drop us a line and we will have it here for you!”

Colleen Distin, who grew up in Ventura and still lives there, received word after hundreds of shares. She stated she received a lot of feedback online and a phone call regarding the post.

Distin said it was like unlocking a “time capsule” when he went to pick up the crimson wallet, which had become brown with age.

Distin said she misplaced her wallet in a movie theatre in 1975, when she was in her early twenties.

She said it had slipped from her handbag, which she had left on the cinema floor. Her wallet included a $200 check and family photographs at the moment.

“I remember calling the next day when I realized it was gone. They said no one found it, but to call back, which I did,” Distin said.

“I’m shaking,” Distin told KCAL-TV as she looked through the wallet. It contained poetry and notes, photographs of high school friends, the $5 ticket to a Grateful Dead concert at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and photos of Distin’s mother, who died several years ago.

“It’s really wonderful,” Distin said in an emotional voice.

Distin admitted that she was first hesitant to speak publicly about her experience, but that the favourable response compelled her to do so.

“It says a lot about our society, that people are looking for a human story and something to feel good,” she told the Star. “People need to see the gratitude. I think there’s so much other negative stuff that I think this is what touched people.”

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