|The original box with seven of the original flash bulbs.|
On a recent visit I came across these old Westinghouse flash bulbs. They are probably about 45 years old. You remember these right? They are the ones that, when they went off, you were blind for at least the next three hours. As I examined these and the box they were stored in, I recalled how my father was a bit of a photography fan. There was always some type of camera around. The last one I recall was a movie camera that shot 16mm film. We had boxes of reels...footage of my brother and me walking home from school, a dance recital, a local fire, the local boat club, snow. My father died when I was 12, my brother was 9, so the memories are not really vivid but, as I looked at these flash bulbs and thought about Daddy and his camera, a light bulb went off in my head. No one in my family has shown a real passion for photography...or so I thought, until now.