Finding Christmas Photos

December 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I have spent weeks searching for Christmas photos to use in a video. I culled through thousands of photos and slides, but there were very few Christmas photos prior to the 1970s. There were lots of Easter photos, but very few Christmas photos.

I decided it was because of flash photography. Most cameras "way back then" didn't have a built-in flash. Some had cube flashes, and there were add on blub flashes for SLR cameras. But if you didn't think to buy flashbulbs, then there were no indoor photos. Plus, you didn't know if the photo you took was over or under exposed. And with processing you might not know for weeks.

Another theory is the open back dilemma. If photos were taken at Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, and someone accidently opened the back of the camera before the film was rewound into the spool, those last Christmas photos on the roll, if not the whole roll, were ruined. So many Christmas photos may have just been thrown away.

That why finding old indoor photos is a Christmas miracle!


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