My grandfather has left me with several boxes full of Kodak Carousel trays of slides to scan! Mostly Kodachrome, they start right around 1960, and chronicle my grandparents marriage, their times before they had kids, and my mum and uncle growing up.
They were very insistent on road tripping, camping, and the outdoors. My grandmother was a school teacher with a Master’s degree, which was not very common back in the 60’s. She once told me about how when you went to interview for a teaching job showing up with an engagement ring wasn’t smart because it showed you were probably going to get married and then immediately have children.
My grandfather was in the Air Force in the 1950’s, where he met my grandmother in Texas. From there the rest is captured in hundreds if not thousands of slides. He was an avid photographer but won’t speak about it too much.
It’s beautiful to see my grandfather’s photographs. He has an eye for good images and he captures images that are quietly significant to me. I love seeing them appear in my scanner on the screen from the tiny little Kodachrome slide.
They’re visiting for the next two weeks and I’ve been showing them the images that I’ve found and I am showing you a few here.
I am slightly infatuated with Kodachrome tones, saturated skies, cateye glasses, and the feeling of mid-century Americana that absolutely saturates and charms in Paul Rule’s photographic archive (Flickr set HERE, all photographs sourced to there).
I don’t know any of these people, and a large majority of the photographs haven’t been labeled very specifically. It’s this sort of anonymity that makes it possible to love these vintage slides even more. You can easily imagine pulling out the dusty Kodak Carousel projector and sitting there, hearing the satisfying click, seeing another image from the past come to life in front of you.
While I merely click ahead on my laptop, and while these people are strangers, I still feel wonderfully transported on their adventures grand and minute. I hope you feel even a whisp of the whimsy I do!
“Paris Street Vintage Slide”
“Russian Metro Vintage Slide” (P.S. How did these people make it into Moscow in the late 50’s?)
“Grand Imperial Hotel”
“Frying Pan Wallpaper”
“Does This Hat Make My Head Look Big”
“Blue Skirt, Black Dog, Red Bug”
Alright, so Flickr being the treasure trove it was delivered: a multi-generational, globe trotting family, slowly being revealed in wonderful old Kodachrome slides scanned onto Flickr.
I’d like to give you a taste of the amazingness that is this photographic archive!
You can find all these photographs by clicking through to the Flickr set. I’ll probably add up more of these to this blog, I find them fascinating and inspiring.