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Hillbilly Day, Travelers Rest, SC, 1972
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Apr 4, 2024 11:22:06   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
I was testing my new copy stand setup this week, and decided to scan some negatives from the summer before my senior year in high school.

These are from 35mm Tri-X exposed on July 4, 1972. Travelers Rest was a tiny little town then, but they had a lot of holiday spirit. It proved to be a hoot. They had all sorts of traditional 7/4 "cultural exhibits," eating contests, and activities including the greased "flag pole" with a $100 bill on top. Unfortunately, I had made about 15 exposures and had to leave because my friend got sick. These are some of the best:

Event Master Holds Court
Event Master Holds Court...
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"Well, Sonny, Back in My Day..."
"Well, Sonny, Back in My Day..."...
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"Them's thuh Rules, Ida Mae, I Don't Make 'em."
"Them's thuh Rules, Ida Mae, I Don't Make 'em."...
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Stepping on People to Get Money
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Generations Upholding Traditions
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Apr 4, 2024 11:35:53   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
Lots of interest in these, Bill. Fantastic glimpses of that time!

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Apr 4, 2024 11:56:51   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
Wonderful glimpse into the past.

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Apr 4, 2024 12:18:58   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
Lots of interest in these, Bill. Fantastic glimpses of that time!


Thanks, Linda!

In my teens, I went to various events with my camera and photographed what interested me. Fourth of July events in SC were guaranteed to bring out an interesting amalgam of humanity. Rock concerts in the park brought out an entirely different, less homogenous blend of people. I'm just starting to digitize all my negatives from 1971-72. I know there are some fun scenes there.

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Apr 4, 2024 12:39:27   #
TheShoe Loc: Lacey, WA
 
burkphoto wrote:
Thanks, Linda!

In my teens, I went to various events with my camera and photographed what interested me. Fourth of July events in SC were guaranteed to bring out an interesting amalgam of humanity. Rock concerts in the park brought out an entirely different, less homogenous blend of people. I'm just starting to digitize all my negatives from 1971-72. I know there are some fun scenes there.


You will enjoy that trip, perhaps as much as you enjoyed the first time through. Great set. I am looking forward to future posts.

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Apr 4, 2024 12:51:58   #
jack schade Loc: La Pine Oregon
 
I really like these. well done.

jack

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Apr 4, 2024 13:13:36   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
TheShoe wrote:
You will enjoy that trip, perhaps as much as you enjoyed the first time through. Great set. I am looking forward to future posts.


Thanks!

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Apr 4, 2024 13:13:58   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
jack schade wrote:
I really like these. well done.

jack


Thank-you!

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Apr 4, 2024 13:26:06   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
NMGal wrote:
Wonderful glimpse into the past.


When I do any sort of revisiting of old work like this, EVERYTHING comes back in a flood of memories. Sometimes it is overwhelming.

Photography has a way of reminding us of who we are, where we came from, why we changed, why we stayed, why we left. That became apparent to me at an early age, when I discovered my parents' high school yearbooks as a sixth grader, and went through them. Three years later, I was on a yearbook staff, clicking away with a borrowed camera, and souping them in my own darkroom.

Last year, for my 50th high school reunion, I put together a video of over 840 images from my senior year in high school. I was the primary candid photographer for our yearbooks for four years. I have saved all my film, anticipating such a project might be possible in 2023. My negatives from the three prior years are still awaiting attention. I was more prolific as an underclassman. Senior slump is real...

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Apr 4, 2024 13:58:20   #
luvmypets Loc: Born & raised Texan living in Fayetteville NC
 
Very nice!! Love the first one!!

Dodie

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Apr 4, 2024 15:08:49   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
burkphoto wrote:
... I have saved all my film, anticipating such a project might be possible in 2023...
That's very impressive foresight and vision!

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Apr 4, 2024 15:28:01   #
burkphoto Loc: High Point, NC
 
Linda From Maine wrote:
That's very impressive foresight and vision!


Or lazy pack-rat-ism, according to my wife.

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Apr 4, 2024 15:32:50   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
 
burkphoto wrote:
Or lazy pack-rat-ism, according to my wife.
LOL, everything is "relative," I guess

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Apr 4, 2024 18:12:43   #
L-Fox
 
burkphoto wrote:
I was testing my new copy stand setup this week, and decided to scan some negatives from the summer before my senior year in high school.

These are from 35mm Tri-X exposed on July 4, 1972. Travelers Rest was a tiny little town then, but they had a lot of holiday spirit. It proved to be a hoot. They had all sorts of traditional 7/4 "cultural exhibits," eating contests, and activities including the greased "flag pole" with a $100 bill on top. Unfortunately, I had made about 15 exposures and had to leave because my friend got sick. These are some of the best:
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Apr 5, 2024 08:23:30   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Interesting street shots, Bill.

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