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Purse lost in school in the 1950s to be reunited with owner

Martha Everett lost her black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Demolition workers found it in January behind science classroom cabinets in an old Indiana high school where Everett was a senior in 1955. The purse contained a prom invitation, photos, lipstick and other items from 1950s America including Juicy Fruit gum wrappers. The purse is being return to Everett, who is now 82 years old. (Greater Clark County Schools and 1955 Jeffersonville High School yearbook)

Martha Everett lost her black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Demolition workers found it in January behind science classroom cabinets in an old Indiana high school where Everett was a senior in 1955. The purse contained a prom invitation, photos, lipstick and other items from 1950s America including Juicy Fruit gum wrappers. The purse is being return to Everett, who is now 82 years old. (Greater Clark County Schools and 1955 Jeffersonville High School yearbook)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A purse containing a prom invitation, photos and other items from 1950s America will be returned to its now 82-year-old owner after workers found it while demolishing part of an Indiana high school.

Martha Everett lost the black stitched purse more than six decades ago. Workers found it in January behind science classroom cabinets in the old Jeffersonville High School, where Everett was a senior in 1955.

Greater Clark County Schools spokeswoman Erin Bojorquez says the district was able to track Everett “thanks to the power of social media” after one of her relatives saw a Facebook post about the purse . The district plans to mail the purse to Everett’s home in Florida.

The News and Tribune reports it contained a wallet, a letter inviting her to the prom, lipstick, photos and Juicy Fruit gum wrappers.

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