February 2, 2015

I posted this earlier, but somehow it disappeared, so…

Here it goes again.  The missing February 2nd!

A few years back, I was at an estate sale and found an old Ansco Buster Brown A2 box camera from around 1910.  It’s the most simple of cameras: a box with a lens, viewfinder, and shutter release.  It reminds me of a pin-hole camera.  I purchased it originally because I liked the look and I love photographing with older cameras since I have access to a darkroom.

The camera sat on my shelf for two years until I pulled it out to show my younger students at school what older cameras looked like and how they functioned.  When I got home later, I decided to look up how to wind the film so I could give it a try.  I pulled apart the camera only to find an exposed roll of film in the camera!  The film is definitely old, most likely from the 30s, 40s, or 50s, possibly even earlier.  I have no idea if the film is still good or not, and, more importantly, if the roll was actually run through the camera properly, or rolled up as people tested the film winder to see if it worked.

Regardless, I’m excited about the thought that the film might just have viable images on it, images that will give a peek into times gone by.

I’m going to try to get into the darkroom soon, and will keep you posted on what I find.


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