Sears Tower Flash 120 Model 7 1955 - 1958
The 1950's saw camera makers flood the market with affordable cameras. WWII was over and life became "normal" again for much of the world. You could buy a Kodak at the local drug store and drop your film off at the same drug store for processing. Photography was entertainment and still somewhat miraculous for the baby-boomers.
This particular camera was made in Germany (by Bilora) for Sears and Roebuck. It was synchronized for flash and produced 6x9 images on 120 film. The world got back to documenting the simple life.
The camera above contained a roll of exposed Kodacolor film which is why I bought it of course. It came from a Salvation Army store in Ohio.
This 1960's lady was photographed in a graveyard somewhere. Most likely she resides in one herself today. I think the trappings of death were more important in America when this photo was taken.
Today's cameras help you avoid the double exposure unless you're willing to fight with the camera to produce one. This double exposure is interesting. No doubt the funeral mass took place in this church and the next frame was exposed in the bereaved's final resting place.
Perhaps the most bittersweet death ritual we perform is the sprinkling of dirt on the coffin of our loved one.
Kodacolor film in HC110 - B for six minutes.
The Tower today
The camera that took the above photographs sat idle for about forty years. I woke it up this week.
Idle Buildings - Shelburne Falls MA
Aging Barn - Colrain MA
Saint John's - Colrain MA
Door into Hell - Ware MA
(No parking except for The Evil One)
Kodak Tri-X in HC110(b) for six minutes