Saturday, April 6, 2013

Film and Flash Bulbs

F is for Film and Flashbulbs.

This morning I was looking through my computer, flash drives, and SD cards for some photos.  We don't think twice about snapping a picture multiple times.  You know, just in case the smile wasn't quite right the first time.  Until the advent of the digital age, we didn't have that luxury.  Not only did you have the cost of developing (it's not like you could look at the images and choose which to have developed), but there was the cost of the film itself and of the flashbulbs.  All of these costs added up to careful consideration of what and who to capture on film.  When mom was on the downward spiral with Alzheimer's, we found that the many boxes of photos and photo albums bothered her more than about anything else in the house.  She would look at them and lament just how much money had been spent over the years on those photos.  Thank you mom and dad for valuing capturing the memories when you did - dash the costs!

My dad was a camera buff.  We owe it to him that we have so many images of mom and dad's family and our childhood.  We would troop outside on Easter morning, proms, birthdays, and other events,  for family pictures.  We have many pictures of us with our cousins, again usually outside.  Dad's camera did have a flash attachment, but the best shots were always taken outdoors.

Easter 1963 - Tony, Deanna, Tom, Kathleen

I remember when Kodak came out with the instant camera.  It was a marvel.  So easy to use.  

Make that kind of easy to use.  The roll of film had to be placed just right on one side of the camera, and then the film stretch across the lens to the other side to be secured just so in the little cogs on the other side.  Then the camera was closed and a knob turned until the beginning of the roll was reached.  It was not an exact science.  I can recall many times taking precious pictures and then at the end of the day opening the back of the camera and realize I had not gotten the grooves and cogs lined up correctly.  Disaster!

How many of you can remember the blinding flash of the flash bulb?  Worse than that was the smell.  Events like family reunions, birthdays and weddings were enough to make you want to leave the room.  The smell of sulfur (at least that's what I think it was) was overpowering.

This is one good ol' day I would never want to return to.  But I'm so glad for the people like dad who loved taking pictures back then as much as I do today.  Give me digital all the way baby!


Megan said...

I've always been quite fascinated by cameras. Thanks for sharing, love that picture!

Megan said...

I've always been quite fascinated by cameras. Thanks for sharing, love that picture!

Joyce Lansky said...

What a blast from the past. Thanks for sharing.

Queenie Jeannie said...

I have so few photos of my first two kids, just for this reason!! I took what I considered to be TONS of photos, and was always sending away envelopes of film rolls, and waiting and waiting and waiting for the prints to arrive. It was always such a crapshoot!!!!

I much prefer the digital age!

Margo Kelly said...

These are great pictures and FLASHES from the past! haha. :)

The Wicked Writer said...

lol, yes, I remember having the pics taken and having the red dot in my eyes for ages afterwards. Great post thanks for the memories.

Cathy said...

Oh, dear. Your posts are about times that can be classified as historical--and yet I remember everything you've written about. Very interesting, and I want to read every single one of them. I suspect we were born around the same time--I've been married 39 years, and have 3 grown children and 5 grands. Life is good. I'm your newest follower!

Intense Guy said...

You're dad had a charming and photogenic lot!

:) I love this photo! I bet you do too!

Connie Gruning said...

I had that exact camera!! Thankfully I have digital now, I couldn't possibly afford film and developing on the amount of photo's I take!
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Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm thankful for digital cameras! The film you spoke of I remember all too well. Too many ruined rolls of film.
Loved the weather this weekend! Hope you aren't in that storm warning tonight.

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AliceKay said...

I love my digital cameras. I would never take as many pictures as I do now if I were still using the rolls of film and flashbulbs. My mom took lots of pictures of my sisters and me when we were growing up. Thankfully, I have many of those converted to digital. :)

AliceKay said...

I forgot to say...nice family photo here. We used to have our fammily Easter pictures taken in our front yard right in front of our living room picture window....sun glaring in our eyes. lol

Anne Mackle said...

Lovely photo,this has stirred so many memories for me.I had a camera like that.