Taking a Photo in the 1950s

Oh, hey Amy. Yeah, I'm fine.


Just had to take a bit of time off from banging at the keyboard.

But now I'm totally good to go.

You've taken up photography as a hobby in 1950-something?

Great. Good to hear.

Let's see some of your photos.

This is a snapshot of a regular customer at the diner where you work?

Love it!

And a couple of your friends?

Yeah, that's great. I mean, you might want to tell them not to smoke when they're cooking, but ... whatever. 

Things are a lot different in the 1950s.

Oh, wow, how cool.

An actual door-to-door vacuum salesman.

Good shot, Amy.

The neighbours?

But you think they're insanely boring?

Huh? Hmmm. I get the sense you're leading up to something.

Don't hold back on me now, Amy.

Spit it!


You've decided that you NEED more excitement?

And you think this guy is exciting?

And this guy, too?

What the hell do you mean  you've decided to hang around with a new crowd?

Oh, I see.

Sit down, Amy.

I think it's time for us to have a chat.


In the 1950s, photography is a popular hobby.

One of the most popular cameras, the Brownie, made by Kodak, is affordable and easy to use.


The original version of the Duaflex, also by Kodak, became available in December, 1947. It was discontinued in 1960.

The Imperial Flash camera is made of plastic. It's available in the 1950s in colours of red, blue, tan, grey and green. 

Manufactured by the Herbert George Company of Chicago, it has features such as a fixed-focus, one shutter speed and a detachable synchronized flash. It is the official Girl Scout camera at this time.

Sitting down yet, Amy?

You're going to take a selfie first? 

Okay ... 

You might want to tone down the optimism a bit.