Thursday, June 10, 2010

Photo Talk: Photography apparently runs in the family.....

So my parents have been going through my grandma's stuff. She was a serious pack rat. Like you can only walk on the cleared path kind of pack rat. A lot of it is crazy. Like a truck load (literally) of yarn. But in the midst of all that stuff are some really neat things.

This little envelope contained some of them.
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My dad never knew his father. He is some name on a page. (and truth be told no one is actually sure if the name on the page is actually his father - but that's a whole convoluted story for another day.) Well, in all my grandma's stuff my dad has found a few items pertaining to his birth and baby hood and his dad that he didn't know. He knew he worked in Hollywood on the movie sets. But not much else about him.

Well my dad found all these. My grandpa took them.
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Apparently he was a photographer for Universal Studios in the 40s and 50s. We found piles of photographs that he took of famous actors and actress from back then.
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isn't that SO COOL???? There are negatives....
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and photos with cropping markings.... and lots of insight into how they made all those things in the pre computer/ pre photoshop era that it was.
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I just love that he did this. I think it is so cool!!!


And part of me is just not sure how people survived in that era..... if the only way to keep my two year old quiet for a few minutes so I can still lay in bed when he gets up ridiculously early is by letting him play with the iPhone. :)
My early morning saving grace

22 comments:

Visible Voice said...

Umm that is by far the coolest thing ever. So so very cool.

Jennifer said...

Oh man that is AWESOME!!! Do you know who any of the actors/actresses are? What are you going to do with the pictures? Does Antiques Roadshow still exist? 'Cause that would be fun to see what a collection like that would be worth. I'm excited.

Catherine Dabels said...

WOW! Insanely cool.

Alysha said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! That's absolutely UNREAL!! WOW!

Lisha said...

I have goosebumps running up and down my arms right now! That is sooooooooooooooo cool!

maria lang said...

oh wow! very cool!!!

mbmcclung said...

Holy Cow Rhonda , that is one of the coolest finds ever , so whats next ... just keep them? Or lock them up I bet they are worth a nice chunk of money!

Amy said...

Wow Grandma, bet she has some stories. And so sad for your dad to not know much about his father. But wow, what a cool find. And what a cool job Grandpa had, yep, the talent runs in the family.

KellyLady said...

Wow!!! So very cool!

Tongue River Boulters said...

Rhonda, that is so neat and so cool that you all found them. I know it is hard to go through everything and sort the junk from the amazing finds like this one....

Heather M. said...

Wow, that is amazing, Rhonda! How is the sorting of stuff at your parents going?

Christy and Brett Bevans said...

Those photographs are amazing!!! What a great find among all the other 'junk' and yarn!

Sandy said...

AMAZING! I can't believe all the treasures! What a wonderful find! WOW- he took pictures of such famous and beautiful people! Can you only imagine what it was like?

threecows said...

so what i find out about this on the blog? what am I chopped liver?!

Barb Phillips said...

What a great find the photos and memories are priceless.

Lisa C said...

Wow, I just finished reading a Bette Davis biography and recognize some of those actors and movie titles - isn't that Clark Gable? So cool.

Brooke Snow said...

what an awesome discovery! Guess the photography runs in the family! This would make a cool movie :)

Christal said...

wow that is incrediable! what a find! and to know a little bit more about him is probably worth alot more! that is amazing!!!

Marie said...

THAT IS SO COOL! AMAZING!

So are you going to frame those photos and hang them? They are so great!

The advantage of having a pack rat in the family, is that you sometimes find the REALLY great amongst all the stuff.

The Lowry's said...

Wow that is SO SO Cool.

Tanya and Colin said...

That is so cool! Thanks for sharing some of your family history with us!

Connie N said...

wow, that is amazing!!! Like a story in a novel, but it really happened to you!! How exciting!!!