In my previous post I found a photograph at the rummage sale at the First Methodist Church in Delmar NY. Another neat item was a Polaroid Flashgun with all the booklets and box included. I got the equipment simply because finding old photo and video equipment is a mini hobby of mine and stuff like this is finite so there’s no telling if demand will grow. After taking the item home and reviewing it’s contents I found a suprise inside.

Polaroids of strangers…dated December 1965. I guess the prints were forgotten and left in the box carelessly. Judging by the weather and architecture I could imagine the home being in Delmar or somewhere in the Northeast. It’s a modest lower middle class home and the prints seem forced or time catalysts. I imagine this man and his companion were waiting for something to happen and were just fooling around with the camera. There seems to be no purpose for this picture except that it is made. Suprisingly I think the details could pass for being from the last decade let alone 50 years. But then there was another photo that was even more unexpected…and maybe racey for these people.




A woman…middle aged…in a bed…in her underwear…in a private room…which looks identical to the decor of people I knew over the age 0f 65. 65…why that number too?

Anyway I figure the woman’s husband snapped this…I guess new technology demands some erotic exploitation. The woman in this photo maybe dead or very frail and weathered. There’s something abound the orange blanket and the lamp that makes me feel fuzzy and warm with nostalgia of the smell of my grandfathers former home. This picture reads as a reflection on the old times of the senior citizens I met as a child. This was modern living for them and they lie around in underwear and let photos capture them exposed in a setting I consider tacky and cozy. It’s like a pin up for old fashioned interior design. Based on the next photo I found I’m guessing the woman is on vacation in Florida.

If the person who owned these pictures wants them back lets negotiate a price since the content is above average. If not I’ll cherish the pictures…in a platonic way for the bedroom shot. I think I’ll keep looking for photos left behind in time and see if I learn anything.

2 Responses to “Polaroids”

  1. Courtney Wilcox Says:

    Theres something about found polaroids… especially ones that date back as far as the 50’s-60’s. Polaroids then were what our digital snapshots are today, something quick and easy. But I feel like its easier to find a gem amongst the polaroids… who knows mike, 2 generations from now the ‘cool’ kids will be finding grainy pixelated 2 mpg, and poorly printed digital images and be taken back into nostalgia…
    also i feel like there is a website for found polaroids,
    i know there is a book ( found polaroids) you should check it out

    • I think has a lot to do with a material print too. Cell phone pics exist only online or printed xerox paper and neither of those is too attractive right now. There has to be a better packaging for that if cell pics will last physically long enough for nostalgia.

      But I think it’s disgusting how much companies charge for new Polaroid gear. It’s an outdated medium that not many people use. But there are artists like you who use polaroids and that’s fine as long as theirs a point to using them specifically. Just like some artists use cell pics or google earth.

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