DACORA - digna - c1954 - Germany
The digna has a telescoping, focusing lens. It's all metal and is capable of producing impressive photographs.
This digna made it to me via of Chicago IL. It came in a rotting canvas bag with a two rolls of exposed film in plastic tubes.
Green and yellow Kodak Tri-X
The sadly missed Kodak Verichrome.
As much as the world has changed over the centuries, some things remain constant. The innocence of children and the devotion of dogs are two of those things.
Children ask for so little. Love, security and maybe a beat up old tricycle. There's not much rubber left on those wheels, but there's enough for one last kid.
No comment needed. This kid's smile is comment enough.
Uncle Joe and his Packard
Uncle Joe is unpacking his massive Packard's trunk. You can fit a lot of stuff in the trunk of a 1956 Packard. Although Uncle Joe wasn't much for fashion he sure did love that Packard.
Cars were a big deal in the 50's and 60's. They had character. You could tell a Chevy from a Pontiac with a simple glance. People posed with cars. People stuck kids in front of them as an excuse to take more pictures of cars. This is a 1956 Packard Patrician. Packard went belly up in the late 1950's.
Yeah, there are times I need two at once, too.
The young women in the above photographs are in their sixties now. It's truly hard to phathom. I knew girls that looked like this when I was a kid. They seemed aloof, mature and impossibly beautiful. I didn't dare speak to them.
Life is a long progression to whatever it holds for us at the end.
"It seems to me a crime that we should age.
These fragile times should never pass us by
A time you never can or shall erase
As friends together watch their childhoods fly..."
-"Friends" - Elton John
I remember places like this. Silly little tourist traps near bigger tourist attractions. These places wouldn't have a chance today. Americans need more sophisticated entertainment now. Blinking lights, beeping video games. That's what we want.
This particular trap apparently was near Lake Ozark MO. It's a spoof on Dogpatch where Lil' Abner and his family lived and feuded.
Boot Hill is in Tombstone Arizona, not Missouri. It didn't matter though. Accuracy wasn't important. Today someone would probably sue the owners claiming damage to the children that went there.
Headin' up to Coon Ridge for some 'shine.
My twenty year old son says that all of the really wonderous things in life are over by the time you reach twenty. I tend to agree except for that "becoming a father" thing.
That's OK kid. I've had worse days than that.