|It has been quite difficult doing this project. The difficulty
comes on at least two levels.
First is deciding what to scan and put
online, meaning the other pictures will soon be discarded. The pictures
that are out of focus, the exposures that can't digitally compensated
still present an image that brings back memories and helps tell a
story. So what to show, what to let go. What stories to
write down here, which ones to fade away with other memories.
Second is trying to determine the accuracy of the dates. This
is because my parents didn't really put all these photos into an an
album until very late in the 1960's. Before that most the pictures
were just kept in the various envelopes that came back from the photo
processor. Those envelopes were stuffed in the kitchen junk
drawer, the hope chest, and other such places to be dealt with later.
And because processing film and having prints made was an expense to
be delayed, film often sat in the camera for months. So the dates
often imprinted on the border can be off by 1 or 2 years sometimes.
One of the cameras my mom and dad used up until their Polaroid SX-70 in 1972
looked just slightly more modern than this. (It used 620 film.)
Other cameras came and went. Including an
Instamatic 104 my brother Buzz had. I also had a little camera
that used 620 film, but unlike mom & dad's camera, mine had a flash!
|When the albums were put together in the late 1960's there was much
effort to gather all the photographs in the house, sort them, make notes
on them and put them in albums.
The effort was mostly successful, but
as more pictures would show up they would be put in album that might be
in right chronological sequence.
Furthermore the albums weren't archive quality. Mostly clear
plastic sheet over pre-glued pages. So frequently, when I take
out a picture to read the notes on the back, it is really stuck to the page.