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Who Remembers 'flashcubes'?

Posted by: Karyn Robinson on 03/29/2013 - 5:55 PM

With Easter coming up I'm reminded of my dad taking pictures each holiday until he ran out of flashcubes. This is my third and final camera painting...and maybe my favorite.

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Posted by: Patricia Strand on 03/29/2013 - 5:59 PM

Yep, remember those! Nice painting! Unfortunately, I also remember the Easter pictures my parents took with them. Sometimes kids don't look so good in their Easter bonnets, braids and suspenders, lol. Wish I could post, but it's beyond embarrassing.


Posted by: Karyn Robinson on 03/29/2013 - 6:05 PM

Yep. One year I had a cape and a hat like a 'bobby', (policeman) wears in England. It was the 60's...enough said.


Posted by: Mike Heywood on 03/29/2013 - 6:38 PM

I believe I have one of those cameras in a box somewhere...


Posted by: Jim Hughes on 03/29/2013 - 6:52 PM

I remember them well and, being a firstborn child, I appear in countless creepy holiday snapshots taken with them.

Nice retro art - I like the simplicity and the unschooled look (hope that's an acceptable term).

And before flashcubes...

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Posted by: Karyn Robinson on 03/29/2013 - 7:24 PM

Thanks, Jim. I like 'unschooled', maybe because I am. In fact, I shy away from taking classes because I like my style just the way it is. I don't want to be taught 'the right way' to do things. I'm happy that you like it.


Posted by: Gregory Scott on 03/29/2013 - 8:06 PM

I used to enjoy the "dazzle spot" that flash bulbs create. Electronic flash is much shorter in duration, and the reason you don't see after-image nearly as much is due to the fact that light sensitivity of light in the eye and film is affected by very fast or very slow exposures because it is a chemical process which requires time to occur. The "reciprocity curve" of a digital camera sensor is much flatter, resulting in fewer problems in high speed flash (such as my hummingbirds) and very long exposures (such as long astronomical exposures). But we can SEE the difference because electronic flash doesn't dazzle you like flash bulbs did.


Posted by: Jim Hughes on 03/29/2013 - 11:56 PM

Yeah my Dad's flashbulbs were sort of mildly hallucinogenic.


Posted by: Harold Shull on 03/30/2013 - 12:05 AM

Flashcubes???? I remember listening to "Dr. Christian" and my favorite "The Fat Man." Lets see if there are any more old codgers out there besides me and Roger.


Posted by: Marilyn Wilson on 03/30/2013 - 1:28 AM

Sure do! I remember buying film and flash cubes for my Kodak Instamatic with my babysitting money! Egads ... That dates me. :/


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 03/30/2013 - 1:40 AM

@patricia - i'll show you mine - yours can't be worse

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Posted by: Patricia Strand on 03/30/2013 - 1:45 AM

Ginny, you got me laughing. Adorable! Not sure when this was taken, but I had a "pilgrim" easter suit, too. None of mine are digitized (yet) and no real rush to do so, lol. Are you the little one?


Posted by: MM Anderson on 03/30/2013 - 10:14 AM

My very first camera had flash cubes. I feel like I grew up in the stone age sometimes when I think about how far technology has brought us.


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 03/30/2013 - 12:13 PM

patricia - no the happy little one is my cousin cathy and the lady in the middle is our aunt. our mothers found these horrible outfits - navy blue serge for cryin' out loud - and thought they were adorable and conspired to make us both wear them. there was not one thing about this outfit that i did not hate. the easter in question was probably 1949 or 1950, and the the humiliation of wearing that outfit is as painful today as it was then - fortunately i do not have to think about it very often. funny how childhood memories stay with one. but, to keep this post on topic, yes i remember flash cubes.


Posted by: Karyn Robinson on 03/30/2013 - 12:54 PM

Ha, ha...thanks for staying on point, Ginny, but I love the sidebar.


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