How long have you been taking pictures? When I was 12, my grandfather gave me an old 126 film camera.
I thought I had the world. Compared to today’s cameras, the 126 is a dinosaur. But I still remember the feeling of setting up displays or photographing nature. Over the years, my photo skills have drastically improved. Bu my love for nature is still as strong as ever.
I wish he could see how my photography has changed over the years.
And, how a simple camera was the start of a lifetime adventure in photography.
After searching through my latest purchase, I was disappointed not to find a photo or negative of the bride and groom. There are other photos is the group that may be part of the wedding party. But they do not have labels. I can only guess.
I did come across one more photo from the Napa Church. The photo is labeled Rev. and Mrs. Johnson-1952.
Working on a series of black and white negatives, I came across this photo. My curiosity immediately went into overdrive. I would love to know the history surrounding this moment. I am assuming these gentlemen are working on a flying machine. Obviously, I do not know the exact details.
In my opinion, the three men standing in front of a balloon are the ones who work on the flying machine. Now, the three men standing toward the right of the photo reminds me of investors into the project. What do you think? Does anyone have any input into the photo?
“Beautiful But Cold” is the only way I could describe today. Even with the sun peaking through at various times throughout the day, the temps never made their way out of the teens. With the wind chill factored in, the air felt even colder.
The wild birds seem to spend extra time at the feeders which were wonderful to watch this morning.
The evening air was crisp but I could not resist the view. I with my little puppy, Gizmo in tow went out for a few minutes. I snapped about 50 pics when I decided the air was just too much for me. (I really need to invest in some new outdoor wear. Thank goodness for REI). Gizmo did not hesitate when I asked if he was ready to go in.
We both have been enjoying the rest of the evening by the fireplace.
Today, December 8, 2015, is “Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day”. Who has not thought about living in a different time, either past or future? I think, this is why I love old photos so much. I get a glimpse of time forgotten. Times not recorded in history books. Just everyday life being experienced by everyday people.
So if you had a chance to time travel, where would you go?
For the last two days, I have been lost in old negatives.
So, today, I will play catch up on my days of thanks. I am thankful for my love of history and vintage photography. When I receive a box of new negatives, I tend to get lost in the faces and places which is why I am behind on my Days of Thanks challenge. I love the old photos; the small glimpses into the past. I wish I had more knowledge of places. If I knew local geographically places better, I could possibly identify some of the photos.
I thought, I would share a couple of my recent finds. I cannot wait until I get through the entire box.
Michigan has been displaying typical winter weather this week which means I have stayed indoors more than usual. Even though I keep myself pretty busy with my writings, I have had extra time on my hands. So, I turn to my stacks of negatives and slides to change them into digital prints.
These are six of my favorite vintage photos of the week. Since there is another snow storm in the forecast for the weekend, I am certain I will have more favorites soon.
The main image (featured image) shows three children playing on a bike. I love everything about this photo. I am assuming they are all girls just spending time outdoors together. The girls seem to be enjoying themselves. The laundry hanging in the background is definitely a sign of the times (even though I hang my blankets out on the clothes line in the summer months too).
The photo of the children on the swing brings back memories. My siblings are younger than me. They use to sit on my lap while I would swing. Of course, that was before swings came with child seats and safety harnesses. But despite everything that could have went wrong by swinging two on a seat, we still had a good time.
This is one of the older photos that I have redone. The negative was most likely from the late 60’s or early 70’s which corresponds with the way with the young men are dressed. They just seem to be “hanging out” in a park.
I am bad with uniforms, but to me she looks like a military nurse. I like her smile. Perhaps, she was on leave or maybe she just received her credentials to be a nurse. I know the possibilities are endless.
This photo looks like a family gathering of sorts. I love how the boy in the front has a big and somewhat fake smile. While the other boy in the background is giving “bunny ears” to the boy who has no idea.
Two young girls on a wooden swing. I love everything about this photo. I am considering having a swing like this built for my photo sessions. I really like the idea especially with the fence in the background.
Mid-Michigan is in the middle of a snow storm right now. So, I have put some extra wood in the fireplace to stay warm. Now, I am just working on some old negatives turning them into digital prints. I am thankful that I really did not have anywhere important to go today. The area could see up to 14 inches of snow by morning. I am just hoping that all those who have to get out for work are safe in their travels.
I honestly do not think these photos have been viewed since they were taking. No one remembers the photos. But I am enjoying the trip down memory lane. The first photo I am sharing with all of you today is of my grandfather and his first wife. He was actual married twice before he met my grandmother. At the same time, she had been married two times before. They both agreed the third marriage was the best. I love the old car in the photo, I wish I had that to play around with today.
I was surprised to find a photo of myself mixed in with his negatives. Of course, I can’t really remember him taking the photo. I can tell you the photo is over 40 years old. The photo made me laugh. My mom always tried to put us girls in dresses. If you look closely at the photo, you will notice I am not wearing any shoes and I have band aids on my knee. I loved being outdoors. Still do. And, yes I still walk around with no shoes on during the summer. I think being without shoes connects you with nature.
I hope everyone has a wonderful evening. If you are out in this nasty snow storm, safe travels.
Sorting through old black and white negatives is time consuming. But when come across certain images, the whole process is extremely rewarding. I thought I would share a few of the military photos that I have been making into digital prints. The negatives are old and wore; the prints are as best as I can do with what I have to work with.
I honestly cannot tell you if they are going to see or coming in this photo. There are more negatives from this estate sale. I am hoping to come across more photos of the ship and the scene.
I absolutely love this photo. I have no way of known what is actually being said between the couple. But I would like to think, he just asked her to marry him.
These two women are in a lot of the photos. I am not 100% sure, but I think they are nurses. They look like they were with a group who were on a leave. The two woman appear in various photos that also have landscape photos in the negatives.
These three gentleman look like they were working on a plane. Or perhaps, they are just talking.
If there is anyone who can see any details in these photos, that may help in the research. I would love input. I am curious as usual.