Memories of Film – Filmemories!

Recently at the newspaper office, Editor Talina Turner and I were digging through the “morgue,” a back room where we keep old newpapers, oily rags, half-empty gasoline cans, and extra cigarette lighters. (Okay, I was joking about everything but the old newspapers.)

100-foot roll of Kodak Tri-X Pan Film, a staple of photojournalism for many years
100-foot roll of Kodak Tri-X Pan Film, a staple of photojournalism for many years

In our diggings and throwings out, we found some old photo junk, like enlargers, timers, paper safes – stuff like that. We also came across a 100-foot roll of Kodak Tri-X Pan Film, which we in the news business used on a daily basis for 40 years before replacing it with color film, then with digital cameras. It was an excellent and forgiving staple of photography.

Just for fun we opened it up and played with it for a while, stretching it all the way down the length of the building, then wadding it into a pile (so I could photograph it) before tossing it.

And in case you need your mind blown for the day, consider this: no one has ever seen unexposed film.

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