The Years B.D. (Before Daisy...Before Digital) travel blog

The Years B.D. (Before Daisy...Before Digital)

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Glenda Gay travel blog
Since early childhood I have enjoyed taking and collecting pictures and was always very careful to label the prints on the back with who/what/when/where information. All were mounted in albums in chronological order with the information printed underneath. Unfortunately, I didn’t know then that some papers and plastics can cause photographs to deteriorate; so many of my prints were in poor condition.

This labeling proved to be extremely useful when, during the winter of 2006-07, I scanned all my prints. Even though many of the pictures had deteriorated, I wanted to preserve whatever was left of them. After I was sure that all the scans were okay, I threw away all but a few family pictures.

My first camera was my mother’s old cast-off Kodak box camera which used 620 film and took only eight pictures. I don’t know how old it was, but it still worked well in strong light. A few years later, I received a Brownie Hawkeye, which was a cube-shaped camera that took twelve pictures; it also used 620 film.

Several years later I upgraded to a Kodak Instamatic camera that used 110 film in a cassette. It had a sliding focusing mechanism and could take close-ups to within a little over a foot from the subject. Alas! While I was in England in 1974 (March through September), this camera began to malfunction and I lost many shots. I took it to a camera repair shop in London and they sent it to the Kodak repair facility in England. The repairs cost me nearly as much as I had spent on the purchase price. Because it was going to take several weeks (and because I “HAVE to have” a camera handy at all times), I bought another little Kodak to use in the meantime. This turned out to be less than a happy experience; I got what I paid for. It was more difficult to take clear photos with it.

The newly “repaired” Instamatic was returned right before I went on a one-week tour of five countries across the English Channel. On that trip I took ten rolls of pictures – or so I thought. When I got the developed film back, there was not a single print!! Aarrgghh!!!! I was just sick inside because I had nothing to show for that wonderful trip. After all these years it still makes me sick when I think about it. Kodak wouldn’t replace the camera so I took it to Wal-Mart in Bartlesville where I had bought it to see if the manager would intervene for me. He gave me a new camera free of charge.

The biggest jump in camera equipment was made right after I moved to Greensboro, NC in October 1980. I bought a Nikon FG and several lenses. I used film cameras for many years before finally switching to the digital type in 2004.

In this trip journal I want to present some of those scanned photos even though they are not usually very good quality. My philosophy is that a little bit is better than nothing at all.

Because MyTripJournal.com does not offer the option of selecting years earlier than 2001, I’ve had to be creative in setting up this journal. I’m using 2001 for all the years 2001 and prior and am including the actual dates in the subject line. The real 2001 dates begin on March 24 at San Marcos. I hope this won’t be too confusing.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
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