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Photography, Again?! May 26, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, People.
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Continued from . . . Pulling Rank!

Dad received a Mercury II camera in February; it wasn’t what he wanted.  In the next several letters, he explained in great and tedious detail why he wanted a Kodak camera instead:

“I would rather have a 35 mm camera than anything else.  All the best films are made in that size.”

“I hope you will not think I am being too critical in my choice of a camera, but I want a camera that has a lens good enough so that I can make large enlargements from the negatives when I get home and buy an enlarger which I plan to do.”

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“I don’t think that there is much other news.  I did start learning Korean.  We have had three classes.  Everyone who has had Latin, French, Spanish, or some other European language says that Korean is a lot harder than any they have studied before.”

On April 12th, he wrote about cameras and film and cameras and slides, then said:

“Now I had better change the subject.  Probably everyone at home gets sick of reading photography.”

“By the news the last few days, it sounds as though moves to create a Korean Government will be made soon.  I hope Russia will work with us on this.  I don’t think it was a good idea to divide Korea at the 38th parallel in the first place.  But taking steps to liberate Korea from occupational troops, or at least approving such steps, may force Russia to change her policy toward Korea.”

On April 25th, he wrote Marjorie:

“I received a letter from Marge.  The writer had apparently been reading some of my letters and did not exactly approve of my most popular theme ~ ‘PHOTOGRAPHY’.  Can you imagine anyone not approving of such a fine subject as that?”

“Well, I think it would be wise if the security of my letters home were guarded more carefully, so as not to expose them to the type of moron who would criticize one of my fine letters.  (Got to get back a little of that sarcasm you used on me.)

“I managed to waste quite a lot of paper.  If you don’t hear from me for a while you will know it is only because I am trying to save paper.”

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Once he received the Kodak 35 with rangefinder in June, he sold the Mercury.

On July 4th, he wrote his father to thank him:

“The Kodak 35 arrived several days ago and I am well satisfied with it.  It is a much better camera than the Mercury II which I have already sold.”

Throughout the years, dad’s interest in photography stood him in good stead during travels, national and international.  Our house included a dark room for developing and enlarging black and white prints in the days before digital photography.

Continued next week:  Thanks . . . But No Thanks!