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Lost worlds

By dudler
A few days ago, I found a stash of Instamatic negatives, from before I was 'a photographer' - they are just snaps of my family and friends from when I was in my early teens, maybe a little less.

I had forgotten I'd got the negatives, and have been busy scanning them.

Please, no suggestions on focus or exposure: both were fixed on an Instamatic 100! And the pictures were, originally, square: they are not now, because my scanner, designed for 35mm negatives, doesn't give the full frame on one side. 35mm negs are in the middle of the film: 126 negs are offset to one side, and 28mm square. The boundaries are set by prefogged frames, while the camera aligns the film with a pin that snaps into the single perforation on each frame. I may add a scan of a strip of film in a bit. For now, high days and holidays from my youth...

Tags: Traditional darkroom Black-and-white Portraits and people Instamatic Film Friday 126

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pablophotographer 10 2.0k 424
21 Jul 2017 11:00AM
''Come fly with me to the memory lane...''
The ''good-bye'' terraces and balconies of the airports.
Great shots dudler...
especially the sports ones which combine a hint of motion with the sharpness of the still image.
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1929 England
21 Jul 2017 11:11AM
Thank you, Pablo.

It is weird - even for me - to be looking back over 50 years into a past that is now very, very distant.
salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 11:15AM
What a treasure trove ! The high jump,(3) is a good show of emotions - the exultation of the jumper and the tubby lad stroking his chin wondering if he could do that. 12 brings back memories for me as I have a pic of myself in just the same pose with an almost identical low wing model plane. Taken somewhat earlier than yours though - late 1940s !

dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1929 England
21 Jul 2017 11:22AM
It's terribly hard to remember details - the chap with the 'plane, I think, was called Michael Lovenbury, and was a couple of years older than me. Also a far better aeromodeller...
bluesandtwos 12 542 1 England
21 Jul 2017 11:48AM
These are brilliant! I love photographs of the past and they certainly don't need to be of expert quality or of life changing events to be interesting. Just a look back at a past way of living. I have many books of old pictures, one called 'Panoramas of Lost London' is one of my favourites, it is the size and weight of a paving slab and the images fascinate me, past lives, just looking at the faces of people, just living their lives just like you and me, and the quality is so good with a magnifying glass you can often see whats for sale in shop windows.
Touching the past....excellent!Smile

21 Jul 2017 12:16PM
A very emotional collection. Long forgotten times come back to me in a flash. I still have the bakelite Kodak Brownie with which I took my first photos. I have packs of photos by the dozen. The last frame was always in the back garden, using up the roll before taking it to Boots.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 12:20PM
Occasionally large treasure troves of old photographs come to light - check this out. Hundreds of thousands of images, found in an old attic after the owner retired and sold up.
What always fascinates me is that the pictures that really capture the public imagination are not the high quality art work - still life, flowers, landscapes. It's the pictures with people that we want to see. Past lives...
It's amazing to think that out of the thousands of years of human civilization, only the last few generations have been able to leave their presence like this.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
21 Jul 2017 12:20PM
Very interesting John and it has brought back some memories for me too though I'd guess maybe ten years later than these.

Not bad at all from a 126 Instamatic. I had one too, it was my first camera. I actually used transparency film in mine and looking back I'm surprised how many exposures were 'ok'.

It can be hard to remember details. I'd put as much as I could in the caption field in the File Info. It's something I suspect few do even to digital images. Exif data is just camera settings on the whole but the interesting information never gets added, people, places, events, activities and so forth. Having been involved in archiving images these items are crucial.
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
21 Jul 2017 12:28PM
What a treasure trove of collective images , wonderful set from back in the day! Certainly a fabulous keepsake.
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 12:50PM
I like it a lot! Very good set! Isabel GrinGrin
Tish1 Plus
9 32 5 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 12:52PM
Didn't realise they had invented photography then Blush Well, you must have known it was coming Grin

Great memories and they scrub it really well

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 12:55PM
And I meant to say - so near and yet so far away...
21 Jul 2017 1:00PM
A wonderful find John and very well worked. These are all about memories, not works of art.

21 Jul 2017 1:03PM
Lost worlds indeed. I hated the high jump though.
Merlin_k Plus
13 39 13 United States
21 Jul 2017 1:47PM
An incredible discovery. And so evocative. Thank you for sharing.
BillRookery 6 2 4 England
21 Jul 2017 1:52PM
Wonderful set
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
21 Jul 2017 2:51PM
For a minute I thought that was Margaret Thatcher!!! 😁😁

What a find....I remember the high jump ....a Western roll into hard compacted sand. Ouch!!! Then the Fosbury flop!! How could a young schoolboy land on a bed of sand? 😁😁😁
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
21 Jul 2017 2:54PM
Why you love photography to this day. It all started way back 50 years ago. A wonderful set and has made me want to go dig into my old albums.
What a fine collection. Excellent set full of memories and insight to a past timeGrinGrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 4:41PM
A great collection of family images, great memories John GrinGrinGrin

banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
21 Jul 2017 6:03PM
All I can ask is why? Why did we move away from Instamatics?

mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
21 Jul 2017 6:17PM
Just like looking through that box of photographs in the attic,
lots of faces and places that almost have names. Very nostalgic
collection John.

leo_nid 5 12
21 Jul 2017 7:02PM
wow, wow, these pictures are priceless even for an outside viewer like me.. great how these simple scenes provide a glimpse of the atmosphere and cultural climate of a not-so-distant era
NevJB 7 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2017 7:57PM
Pictures such as these are priceless - closest we'll ever get to time travel GrinGrinGrin
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
21 Jul 2017 7:58PM
Food and thought for us all Jon.
dimalexa 5 5 Greece
22 Jul 2017 2:22AM
A treasure of golden memories, John! Priceless for everyone these photos.
The quality of the photos is very high for instamatic camera. I never had one like this (with the same money was sold the USSR "Lubitel 2", 6x6 - film 120), but as I remember, photos of Instamatic 50, the most widespread at that time, had a bad quality. Obviously Instamatic 100 was a much better model.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories!
kaybee 18 8.2k 27 Scotland
22 Jul 2017 8:16AM
Not just your memories ............. but mine too (and many others judging by the comments)
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1929 England
22 Jul 2017 8:47AM
Dimitris - the 100 was one of the original lineup - and I have found one negative that reminded me that some of the shots were taken with a 200, which had adjustable aperture, and so was good in dimmer light. Still fixed focus, fixed shutter speed, though.

I wonder if the usual process of cheapening design happened with later models? That might explain why the quality was lower.

Or, maybe, that my father was a serious man when it came to doing technical things, and he may have instructed me well in holding a camera still. You can see cameras in two picture here - there's the Box Brownie that my sister is holding in one shot (V5), and a Braun Super Paxette 2BL round my Dad's neck in another shot with her (V1). The Brownie Six Twenty Junior was my first camera, and I still have the Paxette.
PhilT2 Plus
12 589 34 England
22 Jul 2017 10:46AM
Have a box of old photos in the loft which you have just reminded me of by posting these. A fascinating look back into the past. The fashion and hair styles of the period are always interesting.
The last one is my favourite with the turned up hem on the jeans and the washing in the background. The composition of the shot shows the emerging talent of your photographic skills.

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