Kodak Hawkeye Flash - 1950 -1961

As common as a moustache, the Hawkeye documented the lives

of millions of families.

Americans like to take pictures of their christmas trees. I've got a number of pictures of them in my photo albums. We spend an hour decorating the tree and plug in the lights to drive back the winter gloom. It's a scene worth documenting.

These kids are truly fired up about Christmas. The smile on that boy on the left is genuine. The photographer didn't have to tell him to smile. There are miniature cars, a dump truck and a game of "Twister" on the couch. There's more stuff under the tree, too.

 

The box next to the tree contains a pair of waterproof boots from Aunt Mary. I doubt the kid in the bathrobe is beaming about getting those boots. Aunt Mary probably gave him the bathrobe too.

He's far more juiced about the Green Ghost Game behind him. His sister wants to go to  U.N.C. I guess.

You'll shoot your eye out.

I wouldn't want to try to take that bayonet mounted rifle away from the soldier on the right. He's got a death grip on it. I'll bet it was a dream come true, and I'll bet it was from his dad.

The painfully cute boy next to him is bewildered. Why did he get that infantile ring stack thing that's behind him ? And what's up with that hammer and peg toy ?

"Where the hell is my rifle ?"

 

Somebody will email me and identify that scary looking thin on the girl's lap on the right.

Don't dress your children in the same outfits.

Pure joy

Creeple Peeple and a typewriter.

Even the best of us forget to advance the film now and then.


We try to grab pieces of our lives as they speed past us. Photographs freeze those pieces and help us remember how we were. We don't know these lost people but if you look around, you'll find someone just like them.