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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Beam Me Up: 1979

Beam Me Up: 1979

April 1979, still in the early days of the home video revolution, in which I was something of a pioneer. Here I'm at the controls of my Advent VideoBeam projection television, which threw a 5.75-foot wide image onto a silvered screen. I got it in 1976 and my first Betamax VCR the following year - #2 is on the bottom shelf, a 2-hour capable SL-8200, replacing the 1-hour-only SL-7200. The gizmo on the shelf above the Betamax is an Atari Video Music. You ran audio into it, hooked it up to your TV and it produced garish animated abstract electronic patterns bouncing around in response to the musical content, the parameters of which you could control via a bunch of knobs and switches. Devo apparently used one in an early music video. It was, like, far out man. View full size.

This is in the video room a friend and I built in the basement of my folks' Larkspur house. The window in the back is for the projection of Super-8 films onto the VideoBeam screen via a clever arrangement of front-surfaced mirrors, as that wall is only a foot or so from the huge old gravity furnace. The wide-angle lens distorts the door frame angle.

Just last year I got my third projection video system, the largest yet, and in adjusted dollars it was the cheapest of the three.

Kodachrome (Konica Autoreflex T) via self-timer and bounce flash (Vivitar 273).

Beantown: 1900

Beantown: 1900

Continuing our circa 1900 tour of ever more grandiose public buildings: "Boston post office." With an enterprising exterminator's wagon out front. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Madame Boyle's: 1901

Madame Boyle's: 1901

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, circa 1901. "Shoo-fly at Madame Boyle's." Another glimpse of nattily dressed tourists taking the air in this Southern resort. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Harry's Villa: 1901

Harry's Villa: 1901

Mississippi circa 1901. "Harry's Villa, Bay St. Louis." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Second City: 1901

Second City: 1901

Circa 1901. "Masonic Temple, Chicago." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Milkmobile: 1903

The Milkmobile: 1903

Circa 1903. "A New Orleans milk cart." With a one-horsepower motor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Della Storm: 1910

Della Storm: 1910

Lewinsville, Virginia, circa 1910. "Della Storm." A younger member of the Storm clan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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