Saturday, January 8, 2011

My New Camera

A good friend surprised me the other day with a gift she had gotten at a yard sale in France.

I love old cameras and this one is a great one.
It's a Kinax Lumriex 6 X 9.



According to Camerapedia these cameras were produced between 1940 and 1956.



I like to imagine all this camera has seen and how excited and happy the person who had it must have been to possess such a thing.



The film is still in it but I can't get it out to determine if it's exposed or not. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it had photos on it?
Ah! If only cameras could talk!

Wonder what these two would discuss?


Oh, and thanks, Santa, for my new camera.
(It's the one on the right.)

56 comments:

Seams Inspired said...

Oh my gosh! You just have to get that film out and develop it! DH has a collection of cameras. I have yet to figure out how to display them. Where are you going to display yours?

Thanks for sharing! Happy Saturday! :o)

Peggy K said...

Can't wait to see what develops (I just KNOW there's going to be something on that film!!! Those pics and BB's story-telling will no doubt produce a classic!!

welcome to my world of poetry said...

It will be interesting to see what is developed from the camera.

Enjoy your day,

Yvonne.

Jules said...

I have inherited a few old cameras but nothing like yours. I'd say they are talking like any old to new generation, "Back in the day, you had to KNOW how to set me." :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Daisy said...

Hurray for Santa and a new camera! And hurray for the "new" old camera too. I hope you can get the film out. It would be neat to see what kind of secrets it is keeping. :-)

Ann said...

oh you lucky girl. Not one but two cameras. That would be awesome to see what might possibly be on that film.

Out on the prairie said...

A classic,I would have it checked out. My film cameras only look nice,gathering dust.

Seams Inspired said...

Just showed your fabulous camera to DH. He has one that is similar. He says you have to lift the silver knob up, and the spring-action will cause the film to drop out. Come on, Betty! Grab that film and head to the photo shop. Inquiring minds want to see what's on it. :o)

Catherine said...

How nice of your your friend to buy you that old camera. And if would be very fun to develop the film to see what was on it.

And how nice of Santa to buy you the new camera. It's the same as mine so I know you will have fun with it!

Enjoy them both!
xo Catherine

lifeisaroadtrip said...

That is amazing, Betty! I love old cameras, too.

Vodka Logic said...

Very cool. I have an old Brownie somewhere.
Can you still buy film for it.

I would love a new camera but I just use my phone.. lol

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh I love that old camera. It's magnificent. I love the feel of something substantial like that in my hand when I take pictures.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool! Just figure out which way the camera winds film and you'll know if it's exposed or not.

Cool Gal said...

That vintage camera is fabulous! It would be so cool if the film had photos on it. Perhaps you could take it in and find out?

I love your new camera as well. I'm sure you will take a lot of great pictures.

Enjoy!

Gigi said...

Oh, so cool! I hope you can get the film out soon..what a hidden treasure you might find!

Baby Sister said...

Oh wow that is really cool!! I've always thought old-fashioned cameras were so interesting. Enjoy both cameras, and be sure to let us know if you can figure a way to get the film out. :)

Georgina Dollface said...

Maybe you could take it to a camera shop and they could get it out and develop it. It would be such an amazing story! I can't wait to hear what happens next... - G

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Isn't it great to have friends who understand exactly what you would love to have. Hope it brings you lots of fun.

GreatGranny said...

Sure hope you get them developed. Very nice antiques.

The Chicken's Consigliere said...

So romantic looking. I'm seeing wildflower meadows, red lipstick, soft rain, fog, and swirly dresses. I'm also seeing Mr. Big and Carrie, but I'm trying to ignore that.

Pat said...

How cool is that? And the fact that it came with film already in it? Bonus!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a wonderful gift!

Old Kitty said...

Oh I do hope you get that film out and it;s ok and you can then develop it!! How exciting!!! Wow!! What a lovely gift - and it's come with it's own case too!! Yay!!!!

Take care
x

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

So cool. Take it to a camera store (If there is one left in your area) and have them remove the film for you. You HAVE to develop it!

Madi and Mom said...

Hi BB we are oooooh so late....you'll find out why next week. Great post and what a truly wonderful find in this old camera.
I do so hope you can find a way to get the film out.....

Tomorrow's post is about celebration.
Hugs Madi & Mom

faye said...

I love old cameras too... but I
must admit digital allows me to take
a zillion shots and I could not
afford to do that with film.

Get the film developed.. puh-leez

The Adorkable Ditz said...

If those two cameras could talk it would probably an old grandpa talking grumpily to his grandson about how things were in his day in the snow, walking 15 miles barefoot to anything. Or something like that, while the grandson just nodded and listened to his iPod.

http://theadorkableditzmissteps.blogspot.com/

Joyful said...

Cool! I agree you just have to try and get that film developed and see what images were captured oh so long ago. That would be so interesting.

Ami said...

I sleep with Santa. I had no idea he'd given you such an extravagant gift... all I got was the obligatory holiday sex!!


Go to a camera shop and see what they can do with that film!!

My Big Secret Blog :) said...

Betty, you have me grinning and so very excited for you!! They both look HOT! :) Congratulations on your presents!

The Retired One said...

Fabulous! We have some old ones like that too!

Kittie Howard said...

You've got a great friend, and Santa's got to be a sweetie!

About six months ago, I read on a blog where the blogger had bought an old camera, brought the camera to a shop to have the film removed and developed, and had mixed feelings of sadness and joy when she saw the photos from another era...she wanted the smiling family to have the pics but they had disappeared into life.

ds said...

Wow. I imagine the older camera having taken lots of noir shots (it must have, given when they were made).
Have fun with the new one!

Cheeseboy said...

Pretty cool I like the accordian design. I wonder if it plays music too.

Copyboy said...

It'd say, "get outta my face you young digi-whipper snapper!"

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Wow. That's a neat antique. I have a digital camera circa 2000. Interested???

McVal said...

Congrats on both cameras! I'll bet if you take the antique one into a photo shop they could get the film out for you and check it out. Too cool!
Thanks for stopping in today!

Tracy said...

Good for you getting a new camera...aren't cameras fun and goodness, could you imagine if they could talk? that would be a magnificent conversation to listen in on....
take good care Betty!

Jerry said...

I remember my father used to have one just like that -- and I want one!

Mamma has spoken said...

Agree with the others, you need to get that film developed and tell us what was on it! The suspence is killing me....

Chandrika Shubham said...

Happy clicking! :)

Liz said...

This camera looks like the one from "Where the Heart is".

Carol said...

Oh my gosh, it wasn't that long ago we used them. How time flies and technology make fun things old.

Zuzana said...

What a beautiful vintage piece... It is so sentimental to ponder who has been using it in the past, but perhaps not knowing adds even deeper mystique to the object itself.;)
xoxo

Joann Mannix said...

That camera is just gorgeous. I love things that represent other lives and memories. Oh, you must take that film to a good film shop and dig out that film. Wouldn't that be such a treat if it had old photos?

And your new camera is awesome. Can't wait to see all the lovely photos you'll take with it.

Brian (not the cat) said...

That looks just like my first camera from when I was ten years old.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Well, shoot, Betty. Enjoy taking shots.
xoRobyn

Shan said...

Love the old camera and the possibility of stories within. Corey got a 1963 Pentax Somethingorother that was Nancy's husband's. He's taken some rather amazing shots.

Love the new camera and the possibility of stories you'll tell.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Very cool camera-- And I'm with you. I wish cameras could talk.
Have a great week, jj

Lin said...

Can you use the new one?? I'd love to see what comes out of it!

Patti Lacy said...

This SO reminds me of the documentary Lumiere, which gets famous film directors.

Enjoy it!

And Happy New Year!
Patti

Liz said...

Do you have a collection of those by chance? I think they are so cool to look at!

Hilary said...

Very cool. I was fortunate enough to acquire something similar to that old camera recently but haven't had the chance to look into it much. No film though. You might want to take it to a good camera shop and maybe they can check that out for you. Congrats on the new Canon. I'm looking forward to more wonderful photos. :)

Lazarus said...

"A yard sale in France." That's a cool line, from which so many great things could flow from...one of them was this post!

Pat Tillett said...

That is awesome! I'd leave the film in it. It looks complete this way... I sometimes make stupid decisions, so don't listen to me!

CherylK said...

That's awesome! I really think you should take it to a pro to see if that film has been exposed...wow! That would be so awesome if it had photos on that film!

Also, I have to say that I am most envious of your new camera. It's on my wish list. (not your camera, of course...a new camera for ME)