1914 Kodak Advertisement in Farm Magazine

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Tuesday, April 28, 1914: Was going for trailing arbutus this afternoon, but the other girls didn’t have time to go, so it’s postponed til tomorrow. Developed my plates. The negatives are spotted some, where they got touched.

Source:  Kimball's Dairy Farmer Magazine (June 1, 1914)
Source: Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine (June 1, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Yeah Grandma! I’m glad that you’re still taking photos and developing them. This is the first time you’ve mentioned photography in months. What a fun hobby!—though it sounds difficult to get perfect photos.

What did you take photos of? . . . friends? . . . family? . . . or perhaps you convinced your parents to buy your film and supplies by saying that you’d take photos to help keep an accurate record of the farm operations.

28 thoughts on “1914 Kodak Advertisement in Farm Magazine

    1. Most have been lost to time. I only have a copy of one. But you’ll have to wait to see it. It really nicely illustrates on the the “big events’ in the diary, and I’m saving it until then.

  1. Photography has sure come a long way. Those first consumer cameras were an amazing advance. People could get snapshots of their lives. Now we take billions of them.

    1. Film was expensive back then–and developing it was complicated if people did it themselves, or expensive if someone else did it. Each photo was special back then.

    1. I agree! Grandma’s interest in taking and developing pictures makes me think that she must have enjoyed learning how to use new technology.

    1. I also find it fascinating. I think that I have a vague memory (though I can’t remember for sure) that my father once told me that his mother (Grandma) occasionally developed pictures while standing on the landing at the top of the basement stairs. It sounds like a very cramped spot for a temporary darkroom, but I suppose that it was dark there. I wonder if she set up a darkroom in a similar spot in the house she lived in when she was a teen.

  2. I am so spoiled! I just take a photo, pop the SD card into my computer, and edit. I’m so impressed by folks who shoot film, especially back in your grandmother’s day!

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