18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, August 14, 1913: Nothing much doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous day Grandma wrote that she initiated her new camera by taking two photos at the Sunday School picnic.
I found a hundred-year-old book called Practical Suggestions Regarding the Selection and Use of a Photographic Equipment. It has lots of advice that brought back vague memories of a camera we had when I was a child.
For example, it explained how to avoid double exposures:
One thing to do after making each exposure is to turn the film to the next number. Make this a positive habit. Cultivate yourself and it will be worthwhile. Upon beginning to use a Kodak, if you will constantly remember that the first thing to do after each is to turn the film, you will become accustomed to doing so and in time will do it intuitively and will no long have to think about it. This will mean no double exposures (two exposures on the same film).