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My mother, watching TV in our living room. Taken with a c.1935 Kodak Junior Six-16 we happened to have sitting around the house. At the time I was chafing at the restrictions of the simple cameras I'd been using, specifically the inability to do long exposures in low-light situations. In addition to the "T" time exposure setting, the Six-16, like many older cameras, also had a "B" (for "Bulb") setting for use with flash; the shutter would stay open for as long as you held the release button down. While it was down, you set off your flash bulb. View full size.