Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shiny "old" toy

Well, I must say...this past weekend was quite an adventure!
I spent my Saturday morning in downtown Greenville at the Indie Craft Parade, followed by an afternoon of competitive college football (USC vs. Georgia - Congrats USC!) and then I was off to see Eye Empire play at the Handlebar.

On Sunday afternoon, I went to meet up with a girl from Garden Daisies, an Etsy shop, who was selling this gem. It's an Argus C3, a rangefinder camera produced from 1939 to 1966 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All of the knobs and gadgets make this a very scientific-looking camera and a complete beauty to me! Since the camera was mass-produced and has been credited for making 35mm photography "popular", it's not a collector's item. I'm not concerned because I'm not looking to get rid of it anyway : )

I took the camera to a local photo shop yesterday and had them take a look at it. (I was having a hard time opening the back of the camera and didn't want to tear anything up). The seller had told me the camera had a roll of Kodachrome film inside!
If you are not familiar with the Kodachrome story - check out this link and view the slideshow (plus, it's a good read!). The Last Roll of Kodachrome
Sure enough - the Kodachrome roll was inside - although, the film was loose from the canister. Still a pretty cool thing to see. I can't wait to get this thing cleaned/oiled up and take a few shots.
I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes. Wish me luck!

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