27 Feb My First Camera
I have very fond memories of my first camera.
It’s sad because that camera gave me so many pictures. So many. For such a little camera. But I have no pictures of it. Instead, I’ll have to describe it to you.
The story of this little camera begins in the Eighties, with Mighty White bread. I can’t remember what was supposed to be so mighty about it. In fact I wouldn’t remember it at all, if it weren’t for the tokens you could collect from the packet and send off. In return for my (mum’s) brand loyalty, the people at Mighty White sent me a camera. A generous reward I reckon.
It was quite small.
When I say quite small, even my eight-year-old hand could wrap around it easily. It was even smaller than the roll of film that went in it. 110 film. So one end of that stuck out the side of the camera. It was quite shapely for an 80′s object. And, of course, white.
But it’s best feature was a flick-up viewfinder. No screen to keep clean, oh no. This little baby was the ultimate in portability, with two black frames folded away on the top that could snap up in seconds and through which my first views of the world were formed.
Here is one of those views my mighty camera gave me:
Update: The Mighty White camera has been found! Not mine, but an identical one owned by Neil Piper, and you can see it over here: http://www.neilpiper.com/cameras#1