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Elwin Asleep: 1952

Elwin Asleep: 1952

"Elwin asleep - 11 April 1952." This outtake from Minnesota Kodachromes was evidently deemed worth saving despite the photographer's being at the end of his roll. 35mm color transparency by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

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"Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco."

That's definitely a pack of Luckys in the pocket. Having had an intimate relationship with the brand back in the day, I recognized it immediately. You've got a good eye, Dave.

With just a flip

That antimacassar could be made into an antisalivator.

[Note that it bears the Tuttle monogram, a capital T. - Dave]

Cough Drops or Coffin Nails?

Judging from the shape of the bulge in his shirt pocket, I am guessing Smith Brothers or Ludens, not Camels or Luckies.

[Sure looks like Luckies to me. - Dave]

Seems too narrow for a standard pack of 20, but maybe that's an illusion created by his chiseled pecs. Anyhow, assuming it's the demon tobacco, he'll be needing the Smith Brothers right soon.

Elwin's lament

I wasn't going to comment. However, I keep thinking of the years upon years of torment, ridicule and belittlement that this poor man went through every time some family member pulled out the old slide projector.


By his appearance, the soiled shirt and the sunburned arms, the man had spent some time outside earlier that day, perhaps tossing around bales of hay? Small wonder he is not fast asleep!

Of course it was worth saving

This was, I am sure, the closing shot of each evening's slide show: " -- and heeere's ELWIN!"

First Shot

When you load expensive film, you take a "waste" first shot before advancing it on whatever might be at hand.

That's the head of the roll, as evidenced by the punch code that Kodak puts on it to identify the customer.

[It can also happen if you've failed to rewind the film all the way back into the cartridge when done - speaking from experience. -tterrace]

Drooling man and the tongue

Ah yes, depending on how careful you loaded your film you sometimes fogged your first shot. These Minnesota Kodachromes are a pleasure for me to see because I'm proud to say that I operated and maintained a Pako Kodachrome cine machine for Brown photo in Minneapolis for a couple of years around the 50th anniversary of the process. K-14 chemistry for me but these were probably K-8 or maybe K-12 generation.

Gonna be a miserable man

He's drooling, sunburned, and his neck is crooked. He's going to have regrets about his choices after he wakes up.

Lucky man

Fortunately for Elwin, felt-tip markers hadn't hit the shelves yet.

Processing Free

As I recall, Kodachrome was sold with a mail-in bag and processing included until the mid 50s, when it was decided it was monopolistic and made illegal. The consensus was that this did not improve things.

Kodak rescued all the shots it could on the roll.

Oh, Elwin

Not only are you drooling in your sleep but you have a slobber spot on your t-shirt under your mouth.

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