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A Camera That’s Been in the Family Goes to Ye Olde Trail Tavern

My mother-in-law was cleaning out and found an old Kodak Brownie 44A. These plastic cameras are from around 1960 and they take 127 roll film. The one she gave me looks like it was used well. I asked if she knew more about it or if there are any photographs around from it. Sadly she didn’t.

I happened to have some fresh Rerapan 127 film in my stash and thought I’d give it a try. I ended up with one halfway decent photo from the roll:

Ye Olde Trail Tavern

Yeah, I know. It’s a 100 ISO film and it was overcast and the sun was going down. I loaded another roll into the 44A and will try again on a sunny day.

Ye Olde Trail Tavern is an interesting place. It’s located in downtown Yellow Springs, Ohio, and the original section of the tavern was the first home built in Yellow Springs in 1827. At that time Yellow Springs was known as Forest Village. It was expanded and functioned as a bakery and then a tavern serving the stagecoach that ran between Columbus and Cincinnati. Some believe it to be the oldest tavern in Ohio. And some believe that it’s haunted by two separate apparitions.

Haunted or not, it does have a cool neon sign out front!

Yellow Springs Walkabout

YS mosaic on Dayton Street

One of the things that attracted me to Yellow Springs is the walkability. I’m just not a big fan of driving everywhere. Here you can walk just about anywhere you might need to go. And it’s a great place to just wander and see what’s out there.

These are from a plain, old Yellow Springs walkabout.

Wildlife Tour

Union Schoolhouse

Front Yard Buddha

Church

The rest of the photos from Roll 03 are on Flickr.

One Roll, Two Downtowns

Downtown Dayton near the 2nd Street Market

Roll number two of this year’s 52-Rolls Project is from a visit to two downtowns: Dayton and Yellow Springs. (Yeah, I noticed all the twos too.)

Railroad tracks

Dayton graffiti

I really do need to do more wandering around downtown Dayton. I’m always happy with what I find to photograph when I go there. This particular day was overcast and drizzly and generally miserable. I had ISO 3200 film in the Holga so I figured I’d go with it. The dusty, scratched negatives from my home developing seem to add even more grunge to the photos.

STOP WAR

The other half of the roll was exposed while walking around downtown Yellow Springs. It was a nice sunny day.

Enjoying a sunny day in downtown Yellow Springs

The whole roll is on Flickr in the Roll 02 Album. Let me know what you think!

Snow in Yellow Springs

This is my first winter in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and so far it’s been pretty mild. We got a little snow so I thought I’d take a walk and start my 2016 52-Rolls Project off with a roll of expired Ilford SFX 200 loaded in a Holga. The film expired in January 2009 and I developed it myself. Talk about out of practice! I hadn’t developed film since 2013 or so. Anyway, here are some highlights:

I call this “The Chicken Coop House” because it’s a house that started out as a chicken coop. Yep.

The Chicken Coop House

Snowman

The Old Union Schoolhouse

This time I’m using a Holga exclusively the project. I thoroughly enjoyed my year with the Film Photography Project’s Debonair. I love crappy plastic cameras, especially medium format ones. The Holga is always so much fun.

As with my earlier 52-Rolls Projects, all of the photos from this roll are in my Flickr Photostream if you’re interested in seeing them.