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A Cruise Around Portland | Case # 015

UPDATE!
Thanks to a Reddit user for pointing out this is Portland, MAINE and that the photos may be less than a year old based on public art.

Update March 4th, 2015: Best Guess on the date of these photos is October 2013

The Film

1 Roll of Kodak TMAX 100 black & white film with almost a full set of photos (32).

The Camera

Camera is unknown

The Photos

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This the last image on the roll, it may or may not be the photographer. From this image though, it looks like they’re in a thrift store.

Just by the fancy handheld massage device behind him you can guess it’s after 2000.

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I can relate to this photographer’s love for architecture. They seem to have an affinity to brick, metal, and rust like I do.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: Asia West store on Commercial Street

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: The Corner of Commercial and Pearl Street

UPDATE: September 26th, 2014
“The photo of the woman on phone, with Pearl Street sign, is in Portland, Maine. See the coffee shop sign in the background – “Port Bean” and compare with the picture part way down this website“Thanks to Ralph McGreevy for the update!

A business woman stands on the street with a cellphone in hand. Several clues as to where and when this was shot are in this single photo. She has a cell phone, so we can guess it’s after 2000 by its size. There are also several signs visible. A speed limit of 30 miles and a United States Postal Box narrow this down to America. I can also see a sign that says “snow hauling” so I can probably figure this isn’t the deep south. Also, Pearl Street is visible.

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This next revealing photo shows we’re on the coast! The ship in view is the Carnival Glory. This ship was completed in 2003. It’s permanent dry dock as of 2009 is Miami. Because we saw the snow route I’m guessing this isn’t Miami. With that we’ve narrowed the date to in between those times.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: This is looking down Union Street towards the harbour.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: Commercial Street. The sign is for Narrow Gauge Railway.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: This was taken on Congress Street, near Port City Music Hall

In the right hand corner you can see a sign says: The African Center for Sacred Arts” and a quick Google search reveals this shop is located in Portland, Oregon!

A theater sign reads “October 25”

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Old street lamps are awesome!

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: This is Congress Street with a Mr Bagel across the road.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: Congress Street looking down Free Street and the building to the left is the Asylum Nightclub.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: Monument Square Farmer’s Market held on Wednesdays from 8am to 2pm.

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Update: March 4th, 2015 Thanks to Guygan on Reddit: Based on the produce this may be October.

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Sometimes I get the impression he’s on a photo walk. You can see he’s sometimes with one or two others and in one of these shots of the market, you can see another photographer.

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Legalize Marijuana papers on the table with what looks like a signature sheet on a clip board. These photos are probably taken closer to 2009 than 2003.

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Summary

The photographer could be local, but I get the tourist impression from these downtown photos capturing the architecture and the locals.

I’m 90% sure these were shot in Portland, Oregon between 2009 and 2013. Likely closer to 2013 based on cell phones, the cruise ship’s history, and the petition papers.

A Black & White Event at Roy Rogers | Case #014

 

The Camera

Unknown

The Film

A single roll of Kodak Plus-X 125 35mm film

The Images

This looks like a simple family gathering at Roy Roger’s Restaurant in the mid 1990’s. My guess on the date is based on the clothing of the times, and the fact that they’re in a smoking section.

It’s hard to tell who’s the camera owner, because the camera is passed around to at least three people.

The 1960’s Wisconsin Family Road Trip | Case #013

The Film
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Various rolls of 135, 127 and 620 black & white film, mostly drug store brand, and a few Kodak. 16 rolls in all. Expiry dates range between 1959 and 1964. Almost all of the rolls had been placed back into their original box after the images were exposed. They were purchased at an estate sale in the US.

The Camera(s)
No camera came with these rolls. I believe three cameras in all were used.

The Images
There were just over 100 images in all that I was able to scan, of those I included half. I can’t be sure how many different time periods are represented here, but I’ve tried to group them together below.

Wausau Wisconsin Parade
The Johnson Hills Department Store  gives away its location as Wausau, WI. Images of this parade come up on three rolls of film and I’m almost sure pictures were taken by more than one member of the family. Nothing came up for “Morning Glory Fortified Milk” but apparently it’s a product worth knowing. 😉 The streets are packed, so it’s likely a state or federal holiday. You can also faintly make out a marching band.

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Richard O’Connor for this comment!
“Came across this newspaper ad for Morning Glory Dairy dated August 13, 1959 Escanaba, Michigan . This was sort of confirmed when I found a listing for Foremost Morning Glory Dairy in Wisconsin. ” Foremost Farms USA, Morning Glory Dairy, 3399 South Ridge Road, De Pere, WI 54115, Phone: (920) 336-4206 Fax: (920) 336-7165. De Pere is a suburb of Green Bay which is East of Wausu and South of Escaaba, Michigan. I assume that Formost bought the original Morning Glory Dairy.”

Wisconsin State Capitol
My best guess for when this was taken was after 1959, but before 1964. The reason why I say before 1964 is that was when they apparently sand blasted and acid bathed the Legislature. In these images, the structure appears pretty grimy. I’m not too sure what the other building is but it can’t be too far away.
Some of these images are taken by one or both daughters. You can see them holding their cameras in other photos, and in one see one girl shooting the other.
Pickney Street is visable, giving me almost pinpoint accuracy of where these shots were taken. It was neat to see what the area looks like now with Google Street View.

The Van Douser Tower
The sign is plain as day in one of the photos but I didn’t see it until a few hours ago. When I checked online, it looked as though the original sign is still up (though they added a food/drink prohibitive sign). it’s dated June 7, 1959.

Other Notable Family and Road Trip Snaps
There’s a family dinner or two and some portraits here I wasn’t sure how to group them together. All of the events took place over multiple rolls with multiple photographers.

Summary
Most of the images were taken in Wisconsin between 1960 and 1965. I’m fascinated the most by the parade and would love if I could narrow the date for that specifically.

The Unknown Arizona Outdoorsman & His Bride | Case #004

CASE CLOSED

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

Update Episode

Part Two

Part One

The Film
Various rolls of Kodak Gold, Fujicolor and other No Name Thrift Store types. Undeveloped in the canister and fond in an abandoned storage locker.

The Camera

Unknown

The Photos

Over 500 images were developed. many seemed to be snaps while in the passenger side of the car while on the road, documenting landmarks as they approached. Below is a selection of those images.

UPDATE: September 26th, 2014

These photos were taken in Yosemite, mostly likely from Glacier Point. Thanks to Dan Pietsch for submitted this info.

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Lost Memories of Disneyland | Case #008

Case #008: Lost memories of Disneyland

The Film
Kodak Gold 400, quite possibly the most common colour 35mm film, ever. These negatives look quite faded.

The Images
I’ve always found date stamping on photos to be distracting and annoying. In this case however, it reveals quite a bit. Two major things actually. First, that it’s very likely the images were shot January 24, 2006, just over eight years to the day of this blog. Second, that failure of the camera started with the resetting of the date to January 1st, 1998.
Looks like a married couple and their daughter. Not too many clues in this six images, except that it’s likely they’re from Canada

Update: September 26th, 2014
Thanks to Andrea for correcting that it’s Disneyland not Disneyworld 🙂

A Canadian Farmer and His Wife | Case #007

Case #007: A Farmer and His Wife

The Camera

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The No. 2A Folding Autographic Brownie was first introduced November 1915 and was discontinued in 1926. They made a few alterations in that time, and I was able to pinpoint this Kodak Brownie, to about 1920.
I found this old medium format camera at a flea market. When I asked the owner if there was film in it, he opened the back before I could protest. I thought for sure whatever was on there was lost but he assured me it was would up on the one end for the most part. Skeptical, but wanting a camera like this for awhile anyway, I purchased it.
Even though the red plastic view hole on the back was broken, further exposing the film, I was nervous about developing it myself. So I took it to an expert who said he didn’t have spools for this size film.
[rant] There aren’t a lot of professional darkrooms left, and you’d think the remaining ones would carry some oddball sizes just in case, then charge a premium! [/rant]
So with a little brains, and even less tape, I took a Paterson spool and made it slightly wider.

The Film
It takes 116 medium format film, which is pretty massive and the camera itself shoots large, wide negatives. Below I made a comparison to 35mm film.

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This roll in particular is Kodak Verichrome Pan, and the manufacture code indicates it was produced in Canada in either 1932 or 1943. Because Kodak reused their codes every 11 years until 1950, I can’t be sure. Neither answer would surprise me based on the image.

The Image

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I’m very happy to have even just one photo from this whole extravaganza!
We have a farmer and his wife on the back up a trailer. He’s holding a shovel, so they may be unloading something. The photographer is on something, enough to raise them slightly. Could be a hill, a fence… an automobile! There’s been enough light exposed, trickling in over time to fade out any detail of the faces. The image looks somewhat posed, so they probably know one another.

Summary
What follows on the roll of film is what appears to be overexposed frames. The shutter did stick intermittently when I bought it, that seems a good bet. The camera was produced in 1920, and the film manufactures code indicates Canada 1932/1943. Though the image itself screams early 20th century, I don’t see any clues to narrow that time gap.

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 27TH, 2014
Thanks to Greg for the comment: “Looks to be a screw type grain auger in the grain storage bin behind the trailer. Screw type grain augers were not available till 1953 so I would think the picture would be late 50s to early 60s, also fits with the type of trailer and wheels on it.”

None the less it’s an amazing example of how resilient film it. Even though the back was opened, the rolled up negatives protected the very first frame, and in this case, seemed to be the only proper exposure before camera failure anyhow….crazy.

Family Day in the Rocky Mountains | Case #006

UPDATE: September 27th, 2014
Thanks to Mike Wingham for indicating these shots were taken at The Banff Gate Mountain Resort at Dead Man’s Flats. Knowing this is a hotel of sorts tell us that these people were likely visiting from somewhere else, rather than residents of the area.

The Film

First time I have come across an abandoned digital camera with an SD card still in the slot. So in this case, the “film” is a Kodak 512MB SD Card with a Digital Assurance Promise logo in the bottom left corner. These are still in stock on amazon.com for $20 each.

I like that it’s Kodak 🙂

The Camera

Again, Kodak brand Polaroid PDC 2350 point & shoot camera with an earth shattering 2 mega pixel sensor 🙂 It was released in 2003 and has some features that I admired for a camera of the time, such as limited shutter control, iso (even if it only went to 400), and the ability to take video (no audio). When I discovered it had an internal memory, I found another two images. When I played around with it a bit, the low battery indicator started to flash when I used zoom.

The Images

It’s a family gathering. Three settings: In the home, at a park, and in a restaurant. 2MP doesn’t give you any zooming capability if I want to see more detail. All these images show at 100% on my monitor. The meta data looks like it reset for these images as well. They are labeled january 1st, 2003…the same date I was given to enter as default when first plugging it with batteries.

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Here’s what could be grandpa and granddaughter going over an old photo album. And no cell phone on the table 😉

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Costco brand products in the typical cardboard basket.

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You do get the impression of a visit. These two could be sisters. Their home and backyard looks very much like Canmore.

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Hugging it out on the court

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Another court shot, from the internal memory

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A kid I don’t see in any other photo.

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The last image. Battery could have died, seems to be the repeat story with many of these.

Even though we can’t figure the date, we can look at the time from the first to the last shot, in this case, three hours past. The camera was made in 2003 so it’s after that, but probably not very much, as we all know digital cameras are much more disposable than film ones ever were.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2014
“The mountain in the background is The Windtower, which is on the west end of Mount Lougheed. The picture, then, was probably taken in the condos in Dead Man’s Flats.” Thanks to Rob for that great piece of information!

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A Visit with Grandma | Case #003

The Camera
The Nikon OneTouch 100 was a 35mm point and shoot camera released in 1987. They are considered rugged, long lasting and very compact for the era. A couple of the interesting features include a timer with two settings, a “focus memory” button, and the battery compartment itself is capable of accepting either 2 AA batteries, or a single CR123A. That may not have made a difference in the late 1980’s, but a CR123A is about $20 now…for one!
The particular one I found, had a broken off, but still included, battery door. The loose connection is the likely cause of the film getting lodged in it, and eventually abandoned. I don’t remember the camera winding this one for me, I’m pretty sure I went into the darkroom and manually pulled the film out, and reeling it back into the canister.

The Film
This roll was found in camera in Alberta. Kodak Gold 200 is, and has been a staple for amateur (and pro) photographers for decades. There is much speculation in recent months that they may be discontinuing 24exp Kodak Gold 200, but I’ll wait till I see something more official than a flickr forum on page one of Google.

The Images
Only five images were snapped before the camera was dropped causing the piece to fall off…at least, that’s my best theory. Three are pics of a family. Mother, father, and three boys, two potentially twins. The other, and first two are likely of their mother/mother-in-law.

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I look at the home and my knee jerk reaction is early 1990’s. You can make a leap and assume the residence belongs to grandma. There is an collage of family photos behind her, from left to right there’s a portrait of what looks like eight, mostly kids. The next two are partially covered, then one of  two people, one is covered, the other is an older man…probably the older woman sitting in the chair and her husband. After that, more casual shots, another portrait, a father son studio portrait, and a collage of framed photo of the same young man, a couple in grad outfits. Possibly the father on the couch. All of these images look from the 1980’s. I love when there are photos in photos, because they really can help tell more of the story.

Did I mention the dolls?

Beside the couch I noted a simple plastic phone, an aerosol odour eliminator, a tissue box cover shaped like a chair, and a T-120 6 Hour Recordable Cassette Tape…that’s analog Pirate Bay kids.
The sports shirts are generic, nothing to go on, except the potential twins have matching ones with different colours, presumably to tell them apart.

Summary
a fresh roll was placed into the camera for a family visit, and after several photos, the camera was dropped, or the battery died, and the compartment was later damaged.

Speculation
I want to hear what you think happened and who these people are. Why was the film never developed?