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Around 1976, my son and I were wandering through the flea market in Geneva, Switzerland, looking for photographic odds and ends that might be useful to our photography hobby.  Among other things we found that day was a taped-shut, cloth-covered small wooden box which we were promised would contain many delights (believe that and the flea marketeer will tell you another).  As I recalled, the seller, in the end, threw it in for free with the basic junk we bought.

When we got it home we found it was full of negatives taken in very early 1900's by a French family.  There were small bits and pieces of material to help identify the original owners, but not enough to draw up any kind of a history of the locations and the subjects or their identifications. The picture on the left was merely identified a "Voyage de Midi".

The only hints to the type of camera and film used is the presence of what appears to be a Kodak Box Brownie in the hands of one of the young ladies and negatives are 6x9 cm and obviously cut from a roll of film.  Both of these are possible. The Brownie Box was first produced in 1900 (see history). The film curls badly - Kodak developed the first non-curl film in 1903
(see history).

On our departure in 1978 the box was packed up with all our clap-trap and shipped home to the United States, its whereabout thereafter a mystery until a week or so ago (March 2008). My daughter found it while sorting through my late wife's squirreled away stuff (she was a world champion pack rat) and I have commenced scanning the result for presentation here.  I am using a
Nikon Super Coolscan 9000 scanner to digitize the photo, probably making them even clearer than the originally were.

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 Bob Allen  - March 2008

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