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August 1911. New Bedford, Massachusetts. "A group of workers in the Butler Mills. Kate McCormick, 10 Cleveland Street, the smallest girl in the picture, apparently 13 years old. The happy faces appear only when the photo is being taken." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
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.