Category Archives: Kodak

Post Nuclear Family at The Holiday Inn | Case #064

These three rolls of 120 film were recovered from Freeport Illinois. A couple were labelled, and in original packaging, so we know that the rolls of film themselves expired in 1970.

Roll One: Verichrome Pan Exp. September 1970
Labeled: “Coldwell”

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Roll Two: Verichrome Pan
Labeled: Meramec State Park

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Roll Three: Verichrome Pan Exp. September 1970
Labeled: Will Rogers

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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.

Published Canisters

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This Snowed Farm | Case #035

These photos comes from an old roll of Kodak Verichrome Pan Black & White film. It was placed back into the box after it was exposed, and the expiry reads Dec 1967.

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Looks like a farm after a heavy snowfall. You can see a shovel to the left, and a dog and a cat.

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This old truck is buried under a tonne of snow.

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More shots of the farm, with the final image of the house itself.

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Even with the damage, these were a great find. If you’ve never seen 116 film before, it’s huge, 70mm, as big as Imax film. Verichrome pan was the go to film of the time for black & white and it’s possible this was shot after it expired, but not likely.

2 Louisiana Patriots | Case #025

The Film
A single roll of Kodacolor-II Film, 120mm format on a 620mm spool. A film popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The camera is unknown but the focus in the photos is spot on the subject. Knowing that, it was likely not a box camera like a brownie, but a Kodak endorsed model, due to the 620 spool.

The Roll was purchased out of New Orleans, Louisiana

The Photos
Only two images turned out. It looks like in the next frame the shutter jammed, and then at a much later date the film was rolled up and removed safely enough to save these.

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The first frame was so close to the to the beginning of the roll, where the film meets the paper backing with a piece of tape, that I cut part of the image when separating them in the darkroom. I remember thinking, “There’s going to be an image here, I just know it!”

Luckily nothing crucial was lost.

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This seems like a quick portrait before they go off to a ceremony or parade. These guys look like war veteran’s, which war I couldn’t tell you, perhaps several. But, this does look like the 1980’s, based on the two tone car parked to the right. Kodacolor-II was made in this format after 1974, and the format was popular in the early 1980’s.

I wish I could see more of the flag, the man on the right is holding. I can make out “_____ln City” and what I guess to be “American world [something]” or “American [something] world”.

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You can see the focus is good, but not enough to really make out the insignia or lettering on their uniforms.

 

The Clown and the Choir |Case #023

CASE CLOSED

The people or photographer have been identified and any updates will appear as a video link below.

Update Episode

About the Film
There’s 40 frames crammed onto this 36 roll of Kodak Gold 400-6, I really was quite surprised. Right away from look of the negatives after processing, you can tell they’re old, at least 20 years.

I came across this roll of film while in Seattle Washington, in August 2014.

The Photos

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You can see right from the beginning of the roll, a useful shot was taken. The car could be 80’s or 90’s. I’m pretty sure that’s a map on their dashboard.

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Some nice photos of the countryside.

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The computer off to the side is very mid 1990’s. The calendar is overexposed and I can’t make out a date. There’s a game on the desk: mancala, which is a type of board game. Doesn’t help me narrow the date down, as possibly hundreds of versions of this popular game exists.

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Some photos behind this kid include a vintage car, early 20th century, a house, a farm silo, a man silhouetted by steam or smoke, and a piece of farm equipment in what could be snow. There’s a respectable book collection which seems to include some thick textbooks.

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The wall art looks tribal. The desk calendar just says “16”. Thanks calendar.

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Photos of the home, family and what’s likely a nearby park. The boat anchor in the park could be a clear indicator of where this was shot. The cars and their condition still leave this in the 1990’s, probably earlier rather than later.

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An overexposed shot

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A strong pose for a clown. Also, more photography on the walls. Could be the home owners work.

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Photos from a kid costume party, and we can safely assume it’s near halloween. This could be at a school or community hall.

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Finger, in the last few shots, and a change of scene. This looks like a choir, keep in tune with what time of year it is, this may be Christmas now. I see a star on the window, and maybe snow outside?

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The photos are underexposed and pretty far away. You can see someone video taping in the crowd in one shot and the camera looked big.

Conclusions
Not a tonne to go on with this roll, even though it’s the most exposures I’ve seen fit on a 36 roll. Early 1990’s, and I see no reason why this isn’t in or near Seattle.

From Chichen Itza, back to Seattle | Case #022

CASE CLOSED

The people or photographer have been identified and any updates will appear as a video link below.

Update Video

Camera and Film
I acquired this, with several other rolls of film, while visiting Seattle, Washington in August 2014. This is a 24 exposure roll Kodak Gold 200-6. The photographer managed to squeeze a total of 25 exposures, and out of those 24 retained images. This likely came from a point and shoot camera.

There is some colour warping. Could be the result of heat, but more likely age.

UPDATE: Film is aprox five years old. Colour shifting is due to heat or improper storage.

Photos
The first couple photos reveal El Castillo, so we can pretty much assume these are vacation photos.

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Here’s a bunch of really cool masks.

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Not sure if these images are supposed to be abstract or misfires?

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This photo could be taken by a kid, since we’re at eye level with the boy. This could explain the abstractness of the previous photographer.

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These next could photos look like they could be some type of indoor metal art piece. Sort of reminds me of the silent film metropolis.

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Kids fighting over oil pastels…very 20th century.

 

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There’s a sheet of paper of the back of a door. The title reads “The Jammes House Rules” I can’t read what they are, but there’s 12 of them. I don’t recognize any of the toys, but there’s a plastic VHS cassette case.

 

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This dog is being framed.

 

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A calendar says June but I can’t make out the year anywhere.
UPDATE: Thanks to ExtraNoise from Reddit for pointing out this calendar’s June 30th, ends on a Wednesday in 2011 and that the poster above the girls head is this one, made after 2009

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This looks like J.C. Chasez (Nsync) on the TV, but I couldn’t figure out what show he’s on.

Update: Thanks to several people for pointing out this is “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” which only came out after 2009

 

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Quite 90’s. Not a computer or cell phone in sight.

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Conclusions
These last photos, were likely taken by one of the kids, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the whole roll. This last photo shows their backyard. Could be Seattle, where I found the film, the trees look right for Washington.

Not sure why the film was abandoned, as the roll was finished. A lot of times there’s a jam or the battery dies. This had images from head to toe.

 

 

 

Mystery Photo from 10 Downing Street | Case #020

The Film
I found these old Kodachrome slides almost four years ago in Calgary’s Northwest in an alleyway. I couldn’t really tell if someone had dumped them or if they fell from the back of a moving truck, but they were everywhere, potentially multiple rolls worth. This was before Mysterious Developments and probably contributed to its start.

The slides sat scattered in the alley, for months, all winter when I finally stopped and picked up a few (now I wished I picked up more) and took them home. I scanned them, and restored one for practice sake and basically forgot about them until now.

The Camera
Camera is unknown, other than it’d be a 35mm.

The Photos
The images were developed shortly after they were taken, and abandoned much later. Almost all the damage and colour change you see is physical, from being run over on a gravel road, snowed on, frozen, etc.
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Special thanks to Sherlock Holmes and The Doctor for helping me realize this is 10 Downing Street, aka “Number 10”, aka British HQ.

I suspect one of these woman is the photographer and someone, possibly another tourist is taking the photo. It’s a little blurry and I cannot make out what the book says, that the woman on the right is holding.

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Update December 30th, 2014: Thank You Babs for clarifying this is a Swiss Guards of the Vatican, and the building is St. Peter’s Basilica.

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South Portland Fourth of July Parade | Case #017

The Film

Kodak Gold 800. Not a lot of colour fading. The film isn’t anymore than 15 years old by this estimate alone.

The Camera

Unknown. Likely a point and shoot camera.

The Photos

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Looks like a 4th of July parade.

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The coolest dog i’ve ever seen!

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After googling the sign, I learned these photos were taken in South Portland, Maine

 

 

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Summary

Images look 10 to 15 years old. The quality of the film has not faded than much. Images were taken in South Portland Maine on the Fourth of July.