Posts tagged ‘found film’

Mini Bike! [1973]

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I can’t even begin to describe how much I wanted one of these back in the day.

In the late 1970s and early 80s I delivered newspapers using my trusty Rampar BMX bike. One day a friend let me borrow a hot-wired Honda CT70 that was sitting at his house; I used it on the paper route – without helmet, license, or even valid registration – and was hopelessly hooked. It was compact, quick, light, and did a great job of hauling the paper cart. The bike also got close to 100 mpg under my 140 pound frame. Eventually the owner reclaimed his property, and I was back on my BMX. I wanted a CT70 badly, but could never put the $700 together for a new one.

Eventually I became a motorcycle rider, probably in part to my experience with this mini bike.

This picture – courtesy of Signs And Wonders – was found as you see it, complete with cryptic “WHAT LIZ KNOWZ” message.  All the great elements are there: kid in plaid, Mom in helmet, and CT70 on lawn.  Love love love!

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Trip To Hawaii [1985]

Diamondhead and Downtown Honolulu Hawaii, 1985

There’s no telling what we’ll find at our house.

Earlier this year I was going through a box of belongings that the stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad and I have shared for knick knacks for the last 22 years, when I found a roll of Kodak VR 100 film buried beneath the papers and curios of the past.  Initially I thought it was a roll of film I’d shot in Seattle in the early 1980s; it was of the same type I would have purchased, and shot with a second-hand Pentax K1000.  After getting the roll developed, it was clear that the photos weren’t mine at all.

Kodak Kodacolor VR 100

Turns out Mrs. BelRedRoad had shot the film in Hawaii while on a 1985 familiarization trip as a Travel Agent – and then promptly forgot about it.

Hawaiian Sundown [1985]

The photos – like this Oahu sunset – now survive as a time capsule, and testament to what the Hawaiian islands looked like in the time between the two Hawaii Five-Os.  I’ve never been there, so I get to live it through her.

Maui Hill Hotel Resort Pool [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Want to be there right now?  Me too…

Maui Hill Hawaiian Resort [1985]

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific [1985]

This is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, made famous in both runs of the hit show Hawaii Five-O

Maui Hill Hotel Resort [1985]

Love this staircase.  So does the guy in the blue shirt. While the high-waisted shorts are dated, much of the wardrobe in these photos would not look out of the ordinary if I were to see it today.

Hawaii / Last Shot on Roll [1985]

The stunning Mrs. BelRedRoad fiddling with her camera in the hotel room.  Last shot in Hawaii for her before the long ride home; despite its shaky spooky nature, it’s one of my favorite photos of her.  I would meet her three years later, and the rest is retro-history!

Found Photos from New York [1963-64]

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street a

Susan Healey got bitten by the old camera bug.

It’s an addictive habit; old cameras come in so many shapes and sizes, plus many of them still work.  In my world, people give me film cameras because they have moved completely to digital.  If anything, they are cool to look at even if they don’t work (case in point is this Canon AL-1, which doesn’t power up).  Sometimes it’s nice to have a collection for comparison purposes, and there are plenty of clubs around the US that still provide a camera nut with plenty to see.

To feed her addiction to cameras, Susan spends a lot of time at camera swap meets and events. “I discovered the Photographic Historical Society of New England a few years ago,” she said in an email, “and a couple of times a year they have a big event called Photographica.”

Like other types of swap meets, people come from all over the place to buy and sell cameras, film and other photographic equipment. On one occasion, she found more than cameras at a table.  “One of the vendors had a few piles of old photos,” Susan explained. “When I saw them I couldn’t believe they hadn’t been snatched up yet.

For about $5.00, they were mine.”

I agree with Susan’s description of these photos as “an amazing glimpse of well-known areas and time.” The signage, the cars, and the buildings are all so perfectly preserved in photographic form that it’s almost as if we are pulled right into the scenes. And the people in the photos also are very stylish; the cut of the clothing they’re wearing is clearly money, and the care each has taken to be presentable – save one photo – is very obvious. I know it would be corny to mention Mad Men at this point, but I am truly reminded of that hit series when looking at these photos.

Susan’s take on the collection is heart-felt.

“Every time I go (to the swap meets), I look through the old photos but have never found anything that moved me as much as these ones did.”

I totally agree. The photos are truly a hashmark on the map of time.  The colors, while a bit faded, are very accurate for the era.  It helps that the pictures are clear, and that the photographer seems to be good at what she/he did.  Check out each photo below; they range from big city scenes to snowy rural backgrounds – with stylish 60s beach photos sure to peak some interest in the the folks over at We Heart Vintage.  Click on any of the pictures to go see more info about them on Flickr.

Enjoy!

Aug. 3, 1963

1960s halter tops left nothing to imagine.  Gotta admit she’s pretty ripped for being in the 1960s. That’s a 1960 Ford Galaxie behind her.

Aug. 3,1963

One has to wonder if they ever got all of that into the little red Corvair!

Dec.1963

Love the old Texaco sign.  Same Corvair from above appears to be making an encore appearance in the background.

December 1963

Umm…is he peeing in the snow?  Next to the Corvair?

Feb. 17, 1963 Time Square NY

New York City, 42nd Street – Dodge Lancer speeds past an old Buick on the left and a yellow 1963 Chev Bel-Air taxi on the right.

Feb.  2, 1963 New York Broadway

Feb. 2, 1963 New York, 42 Street

1962 Chev Bel-Air taxi speeds through intersection, followed by an Oldsmobile and Thunderbird.

Feb. 2, 1963 Empire State Building

Empire State Building

April 12, 1963 Castkill

Bridge to the Catskills.

July 4, 1963 Big Beach  P. Jeff

They look like a Chet and a Burl.  I’m kinda impressed that that they don’t have floppy double-martini 60s bodies.

July 5, 1963 P.J.

Chet and Burl’s chicks.

Aug. 1963

What a trio; they are so stylish!  This shot alone made the five-dollars Susan paid for the whole album worth the purchase.

Jan 30, 1963 155 Park Ave, Lyndhurst

Oct. 12, 1963 Jency Ln Pency ln

March 1964

The Whitehouse

April 12, 1963 Suffern

Suffern NY – 1963.  That’s a righteous Dodge or Plymouth.

Apr. 13, 1963

Studebaker at the pump!  Bonus points for the `55 Ford on the right.

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