I don't know how many Brownie Hawkeye Flash cameras
Kodak sold between 1950 and 1961, but I'm sure it was a helluva lot.
The camera arrived with what turned out to be a roll of Verichrome in
I don't know how many rolls of Verichrome Kodak sold, but I'm sure it
was a helluva lot.
Processing a roll of found film is a gamble. Much of the time I get
nothing. When I see images on the curled film, it feels pretty good.
Pictures of Christmas trees with unopened packages
populate countless family photo albums. The presents are pretty all
wrapped up in colored paper and someone spent a lot of time wrapping
them. They need to be documented.
The practice of placing little statues and stuff (knick-knacks ?) on
tables designed for them, has diminished since these shots were taken.
There's very little room on that table on the right. There's no way
small children live in this house. The dogs still have ears and the
dancing figures can still stand upright. You need to dust under knick
knacks now and then. What were we thinking ?
The china cabinet has a "COFFEE HOUND" cup in it. Gag cups still
exist but they were a real
novelty in the olden days. My aunt Betty had a coffee cup made to
look like half a toilet. "For my half-assed friends" was printed
I think I see Mary and Joseph attending to duties at the manger between
the telegraph poles. I'm not sure though. That could simply be a
wise man bearing a gift. I think that's "The Blob" leaning on the pole
to his left.
There's a race car waiting at the train station.
Just as she was about to read the name on the present
she was holding, Granny was blinded by the flash. "This present is for
little Judy, I think." When little Judy opened it to find a quart of
Seagram's Seven everyone realized the present was for uncle Rudy who was sleeping in the other
That's little Judy behind granny just before the whiskey incident.
What is it in the human genome that causes most
grandmothers to look like the one receiving her present ? I'm betting
the box contains a cotton night gown. Light blue with little red
flowers around the neck and on the hem.
That's granny's younger sister "Trudy" on the couch with her.
She's married to Rudy. That's a Haley Mills hairstyle on the young lady
to the right. Watch that elbow ! It's damn close to the knick
Coffee, milk and cake. This certainly is a wild bunch of
women. It appears that the lady in the dark sweater at the center of
the photo has suddenly found bird droppings in her cake.
Granny lived to the age of 103. Her knick-knacks wound up on Ebay and
helped fund little Judy's alcohol rehabilitation program. She's been
sober for three years. Uncle Rudy lost his job in the pet department at
Woolworth's and Trudy left him for a shoe salesman at Tom
McGann's. Rudy fell asleep at the wheel of a golf cart and drown
in a water hazard at the public golf course near his home. Trudy did
not attend his services as she and her husband moved to Florida to
pursue their love of art deco writing instruments.
The lady in the dark sweater attained some fame as the first person to
die of "Bird Flu."