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July 4, 1972

July 4, 1972

Larkspur, California. Twin Cities Fourth of July Parade - the other one being adjoining Corte Madera. Here we're on the 300 block of Magnolia Avenue. I was into Polaroids those days, in the glorious pre-SX-70 era. View full size.

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100 series film is still being made

Find some Fuji FP-100C film (color) FP-100B or FP-3000B film (black and white). It's the same as the 100-type film Polaroid made and works great in the 11 cameras that I own that take 100-type film. I have an Automatic 100, 101, 104, 210, 350, 420 in the folding models and 2 Super Shooters (one converted to pinhole), Colorpack II, Super Colorpack, and a Keystone Model 800 (100 compatable with electronic flash) in non-folding models. All work just fine with the Fuji film. I took this one with my Automatic 100 with the FP-100B film.

You can even convert the folding cameras to use AAA batteries to fire the shutter. There are a lot of how-to pages out there on the conversion. All of my folders are converted to use AAA batteries so finding batteries is easy now.

re: Dickens Car

Yep, that's Dickens Bascomb's car. Here's the shot of it I took in that same parade:

Dickens Car

In this Troop 43 float photo, which I am pretty sure I am in, there in the background is the Dickens Car. He used to live and work behind the 464 Magnolia Restaurant. Does anyone have any info on the cars, photos or anything?

Polaroid Blues

Around 1963 I invested serious money in a Polaroid 101 color camera. It took very nice color photos for years, until film packs for it became obsolete.
I felt betrayed. It was a life's lesson.

Nothing captured blue skies

... quite like Polacolor.

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