My Grandpa and His Pic-- Beautiful Images From the Past

That Time Machine

Wish I had this time machine ready for me and go back and visit family that by now have departed to a better life.

But for now we have the power of our mind and our memories. You ever saw a pic of your parents back in the 80's or 70's and notice the way they dressed? The first thing we sense is the oddity in everything: the hair, the bell bottom pants. The long sideburns and those hippie colors of the Aquarius era.

My memory goes back to 1969...summer of 69! yeah! I became very close friend to my pop-pop, who was a war photographer in Korea, back in the early fifties. Certainly, he pursued this career into his civilian life.

He was very fond of his black and white pieces of art. As a matter of fact, he gave me an Instamatic camera for my seventh birthday. I still remember those flash cubes, that will shot 4 times and get discarded afterwards, in spite of my pity as a kid... sniff, sniff.


It was like yesterday... I can see this darkroom he put together on his backyard car garage. The striking thing was this red light bulb inside his 'lab'. Pictures of us, of my mother and me were hanging on the wall. This table had the developer acid, water and the fixer. These trays were here for over 20 years. I would see pieces of photographic paper on the floor. Films were inside his personal cabinet, which were well organized. This towering machine that seemed to come out of the 'War of the worlds' was his amplifier. He would show me how to amplify a negative film into a bigger picture 'stamped' on the virgin paper laying down waiting for my grandpa to do his 'thing'. "The trick was developed by this Mister Daguerre and improved by the Lumiere's brothers in France... back in the early 1840's..," he would explain it like a pro!.


"Light and silver don't get along. If you expose silver plates,( which were the parents the film celluloid), to the light, it will get 'burnt' by exposure. This thing happened to Daguerre; he left a leaf on a plate rich in his amazement, the plate captured the shadow and a negative effect of the leaf was shown, "same as the Shroud of Turin," he said.

"See how the picture you took with your Instamatic camera, is coming to life in this Developer?" This was the turning point to my eyes. I saw it with my own eyes, yes! The picture I took 2 days before was turning up on the white paper, that he took carefully from this Kodak paper box.

"wow! pop-pop! My sister's picture!..look!, the one I took after church... Oh my God! this is cool! Even my mom was caught fixing her hair up !"

My Grandfather was a Magician in his own right. names like Ag-fa, Fuji, Talbot and Kodak were common in his cabinetry. Cameras like Nikon, Minolta, Pentax and Yashica were part of his long collection... that he treasured until his dead. Celluloid little boxes from the film used with the numbers 110, 127, 135 mm, and Polaroid cartridges were all over his trash can

I can see it all right now... as we exit the dark room he tells me, "be careful when you leave, your eyes have been away from natural light for a while, so you will have to get adapted little by little...and turn off that red light, would you?"

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NOP 5 years ago from California

I really like this hub. Keep up the great hubbing :D

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Terishere 5 years ago

What a lovely story!!

voted up!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Nop,Thnks for stopping actually a very real story


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Terri, Lovely? I think so... not that I want to step into my femine side(jk). Thanks my friend


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Great hub...My grandfather was my best friend when I was younger...unfortunately I lost contact with him after my father died...

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author


I understand what you mean. Life is laid out for us in different ways to test our humanity. Thanks for commenting, have a nice evening/day


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Rose Ella Morton 5 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

wow, you took me really back there.

love- it


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks Rose Ella,

Was a trip of the senses..that I dont mind taking every now and then


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love the story about your grandfather. I believe he is very kind person. Thanks for writing and share with us. God bless you.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hey Prasetio,

Very thankful for your comments and hope you do great with your own site


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nikipa 5 years ago from Eastern Europe

Amazing writing... Brought a lot of nice memories about my grandpa as well... Thank you!

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

You are welcome dear friend,

Is a true story as you might deduct. Thanks for stopping by


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Hear Me 5 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

What a great sentimental story.

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks Hear me!. You always stopping by, Thanks as always. This is another true story that was made from the Heart. No research at all, just my memories from long time ago.


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brittanytodd 5 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This is beautiful. I enjoyed reading about (your?) grandfather. Thanks for publishing this touching piece.

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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks Brittany!

Yeah, my grandfather...the vivid moments are still around and it shows. Pictures and paper and film and acids and formulas... the good old days!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

What a wonderful nostalgic tribute to your Grandfather. I wish there were more people in the world left like him!

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Tammy Are you getting a Lord Junkie? Funny and sweet of you! Thank God for At&t nad Bell Labs! Otherwise you wouldn't have been here commenting! Have a nice one and thanks!


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Going back to memory lane is so beautiful. I remember enjoying going over pictures on our TV of our parents. Photography, especially black and white, are priceless. Thank heavens they took photos back in the day. They remind us of a different time. This is a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. He must be very proud. Great hub. Voted up.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks JeyaraMD,

This story is real and you can tell it is. Even the photographic paper and those cameras are mentioned. Glad you enjoyed it.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautiful memories! Takes us back to the past and you wrote it very well.

Thanks for sharing....

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

I love this hub on so many levels! First, what a beautiful story about your grandfather and his photography. You have paid him a real tribute with this hub. I can just see how fun working in the darkroom with him was for you. On another level, I feel so old! LOL. I come from the photography age of film slr cameras and darkrooms. My first photography class was way before digital cameras and I learned how to develop film - it was really fun and something I do miss today. You could really play around with developing shades of gray and black and white in black and white photos. I am always learning digital cameras today. As soon as I learn one thing, I need to learn something else. And the photo shop software is so confusing to me. You have probably grown up with it! I sometimes wish for the old film developing days. I really enjoyed reading this hub and thanks so much for sharing your story of your grandfather with us.

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a lovely hub of memories of your "pop-pop." He sounded like a very interesting man, just like you are now - must just be genetics. I can tell you wrote this one with great care, especially. Memories are sweet and to be cherished. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Thanks Lathing, Suzette and Faith, those memories are kept in our brain forever. Formulas, shades and that 35mm film, will always take us back in time, at any split of a second.. not when we are driving of course! Much appreciated by your postivism and feedback. Thanks my friends!

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