a2z: The letter is ‘I’ for instamatic

 That’s it. 

The camera that brought so much joy. It came one Christmas after a lot of begging for a real camera. I didn’t even know what to ask for, only that I HAD to HAVE a camera of my own. 

There is a song song by Merle Haggard (related to my son Andy by the way) where he says he puts on an “instamatic grin.”

I took a lot of those type of photos. And some of my shoe and other odd things that kids take photos of. My grandmother used the flash cubes with glitter to make ornaments for the Christmas tree. 

I love the name of the camera. Instamatic. I couldn’t imagine a time where I there would be such a thing. A camera where I could see the photo before I printed it. I would have save a lot of money and had photos of things I really wanted. So many times I would take one of those shots knowing I had captured something amazing, then weeks later it would come back from the photo place and what I’d tried to catch on film was above or below where I aimed the veiwfinder.

Yes, digital is great, but there was something about the excitement of waiting for those priceless photos of my brother doing strange things that I miss.

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posted by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer