The duo’s online odyssey took off in 2009 after New York City artist Roz Leibowitz bought a snapshot collection on eBay under the tag “TX Twin Sisters Dress Alike for 88 Years Photo Lot 100+.” She paid $21.25 for the set. “I like to collect artifacts in groups,” Leibowitz says. She posted 18 of the photos on a Flickr stream, sparking interest in the sisters’ identities. Marion Roach Smith blogged about them on the Sister Project: “What entranced me was the pride with which the twins showed off their matching outfits.” After reading about the pair in a story on Retro Renovation, Kevin Howard located them in an online yearbook from Denison. He discovered that Maurine Elizabeth Everett and her sister Noreene Dodd died within four months of each other around 2004, at ages 88 and 89, respectively. He also learned that their mother was a seamstress, which explained all the matching outfits.