Category Archives: Birthday

The 1st Infantry Photographer | Case #54 Main

This is a huge collection of photos from a single photographer, and starting on August 24th, 2015 I will add photos over the next few months.

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Bonne Fete Antoine 5 Ans | Case #033

There may have been more photos, there’s 22 in total here, but the first image is damaged as the result of the back of the camera being opened at some point. The rest will have been spared from already being in the roll.

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On the poster, it says Louveteaux, which is cub in French. So this is likely the Cub Scouts in a predominantly French speaking part of Canada. That doesn’t 100% mean Quebec, but narrows it down.

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Happy Birthday Antoine

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Chicago White Sox shirt

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The wall hanging upper right says The Court of King Arthur. Left of that a little mouse that says kiss me, hanging from a brass engraving of a sailboat.

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Looks like Antoine gets his birthday right around Christmas.

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Even though the tree is up, I get the feeling this is present opening for his birthday.

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CD’s and Vinyl in this photo and previous shots. Both the white and yellow pages in the accessible spot. Amp with cassette player. This could be about the year 2000.

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This lego set he has here is called Jack Stone, and thanks to a quick check on Brickopedia, it was a set that only saw the light of day between 2001 and 2003.

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A portrait. I know hard to tell but there’s two people on the left.

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His birthday gift all set up.

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The game is called Freddy, but I’m not sure what that’s supposed to do……ooooh, catch flying fish. 🙂

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Shrek also came out in 2001. Antoine’s brother looks very happy with his gift. Antoine, not so much 😉

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Possible camera malfunction here.

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Two for two, the older brother nails it with an Orange County Choppers set. VHS and DVD in the background. Definitely before 2005, but after 1999.

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I laughed when I saw this, poor guy. He’s got X-Men jambes on and someone dropped a Winnie the Pooh Colouring Book in his lap. I smell a gift from Grandma.

Camping Trip & Birthday Sponsored by Kraft Dinner (kinda) | Case #005

The Film

The film was exposed and also had some issues during the exposures. perhaps the battery was dying? You can see the back of the camera must have been opened at some point, the last few images are in varying degrees of pre-develop exposure.

The Camera

Samsung AF Zoom 1050 is a bit of a mystery to me. Not a lot of information online.

The Images

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Looks like a storm, probably hail. It’s one of my favourites, for some reason. It’s simple, but has a nice composition, and good exposure

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A clever happy birthday sign using boxes of Kraft dinner. The healthy choose at that so the photos are probably less than 10 years old. You can almost make the address out 425 [something] Close NW.

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Two people exhausted on a boat. They could be a couple but they are wearing the same watch.

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Took me a minute why this image was taken, but it looks to be a tiny frog under their cupped hand, so cute!

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Update October 14, 2014 Thanks to Michael Brown for this comment: Truck in the picture looks like a GMC Sierra or Chevrolet Silverado. That body style (taillight) was introduced in 2003. Nice dent above the rear wheel would indicate the truck is a little older, maybe picture taken in 2004 or 2005?

A man in the back of a pickup truck with a (presumably full) kid sized pool.

Figure Skating Birthday Party | Case #002

Mysterious Developments Case #002

The Camera

The Kodak Star 835AF was produced between 1991 and 1995. It’s an everyday point and shoot with all-auto features…even auto flash! 🙁 At the time, the camera was purchased new for about $100 and they took simple AA batteries.

The Film

The film is Fujicolor Superia 400 as listed on the canister, but they have since added “Xtra” to the title. I double checked the edge marking to be sure it wasn’t another, similar, discontinued film, and it is in fact the Xtra without the title. The negatives themselves were very dark, these images were taken awhile ago.

The Images

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The very first image gives away a lot, It’s a hockey rink, and several flags hang in the background, including the Ontario flag on the very left. Then, on the ice, you can see some lettering. Googling the different possibilities with a couple missing letters and taking into account it’s likely a hockey team, the Ottawa Senators comes up.

So we know the film did some travelling because I found the camera & film in Alberta.

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Images 7, 8, and 9 show a man and a woman figure skating, and following images reveal it to be a competition of sorts. There are kids and parents present, and the room is decorated for the Christmas season.

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These are the people photographed on the rink. At this point it can already be assumed the photographer know one or both of them…..purple and blue skates, cute!

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There’s a list of sponsors. The names I can make out are Artwood Office Supplies, Buro Plus, Auto Pro J.C. Auto Service, Figure 8, Gilmore Global Logistics, Kinsmen Club of Manotick, Kiwanis Club of Manotick, CIBC Imperial Service, Lions Club, & Allure Hair Design & Spa. Manotick, by the way, is a suburb in Ontario

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There’s a party afterwards, with what looks like some of the competitors and their loved ones. I see a Smirnoff Ice on the table, which didn’t come out until the mid to late 1990’s, and once you realize there isn’t a single cell phone on the table, you know it’s probably still the 90’s, but after 1996. There’s a boom box, and a TV with real bunny ears too if you don’t believe me! This also doubles as a birthday party. It’s the same day as the young woman is in the same outfit.

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Last image is below. it’s dark but it could be the birthday boy. He’s carrying luggage, might be off to the airport….to Allllberta perhaps??? Closer inspection reveals it’s probably a Greyhound depot. The reflection in the window shows a pretty small parking lot, two individuals on a bench, with their own luggage, and a blue van on the far end.

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We’re lucky to have this extra photo, as it was only a 24 exp film. The gentleman is carrying the bags, but signs indicate it may belong to the photographer, a visitor to this amateur skating competition/birthday. This camera is full auto so right after this image was taken, the roll would have rewound back into the canister. Usually when cameras are abandoned it’s because the batteries died halfway through the roll. In this case, I found the film in camera with the canister already rolled up. We can only assume the photographer put their Kodak in their bag with every intention to develop, but never got the chance to. It’s a small detail but the biggest question mark left for me.

Summary

A Kodak Star 835AF with a full roll of 25 images on a 24 exposure Fujicolor Superia 400. The camera and negatives were found in Alberta in 2013, but the images were shot in Ottawa Ontario, as confirmed by the hockey rinks lettering on the ice, flags hanging from the rafters, and list of sponsors during the award ceremony. Photos most likely taken after 1996, as indicated by a bottle of Smirnoff Ice at the after party/birthday event.



A Gothic Party | Case #001

Found in a point & shoot camera in Edmonton.

The first obvious clue is that some of the photos were taken during a birthday party, and it’s date stamped january 18, 2007

The birthday girl is an Apocalypse fan.

As with most point and shoot cameras, the battery dies, and then the images are forgotten.

If you know these people, or can provide anymore details, I’d love to give them their film back 🙂