Friday, January 18, 2013

Two Stories Plus X

I have little archive of five old undeveloped rolls I received from the ebay seller in Rochester, NY; there were 3 separate auctions somewhere in 2010; so I developed the rolls in 3 batches with the last one done just recently. Let's start with the first 2 rolls I developed in the first batch --
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Here they are, the two 620 Plux-X rolls of intense green:



The condition could be better: the hardest rolls to separate from backing paper so far; I had to tear the paper to pieces and still some of it stayed, glued to the film.
The film itself was alive as quick test revealed; developed it at 40F/4.5C in 12% HC-110.
Here is the piece of developed film caught on camera before scanning:



Frame numbers got themselves happily transferred to the emulsion; there are dead round yellow spots where emulsion touched the hot metal of the spool's rusty cheeks and holes, holes, holes...the roll must had been stored in the attic or garage for ages, where it became really hot in the summers.

Still, there were some recoverable images:






Girl+boy->girl->boy->boy->girl->girl+boy->girl+boy->girl (nice pants)... remarkable sequence.
The last 2 are all blur; must be shot in the dark or may be on the run. I see blurred female silhouette in the frame 11.
The car in the 4th and 3rd frame is 57s ford wagon; so it is late 50s.

Roll #2 is tad better condition, especially the first few frames:





I like this one the most:


It has this beautiful smell of Italian neorealism.
Also I like this roll because of unmatched collection of cameras:

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye (1949-1961):


Kodak Duaflex (1947-1960):


Again, Kodak Duaflex:


Some Rolleiflex:


35mm or 828 compact camera:


There is a car in the shade on the frame 2, it
can be used along with the cameras to date the roll;

but just looking at the clothing/hear styles it is also late 50s.

That's it. There are 3 more rolls from the same seller,
the next will be 127 super XX.

fin.

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