verichrome pan


Welcome to the first post.  This is the blog where I post rolls of found film that I either buy loose, or that come in vintage cameras that I’ve purchased.  I develop the film and see what’s revealed, and try to piece together where and when the photos were taken, and all that other fun detective stuff.  So let’s do this already.  

I don’t remember where this roll came from, but I’m guessing eBay.  It’s Verichrome Pan 620.  I’m guessing the date ranges from the late 50s to the early 60s.  I don’t recall if the tape that held the film to the backing paper was tacky or not.  I’ve noticed that with film from the mid-60s on, the tape is still sticky and doing its job.  Anything older than that, and the tape is completely dried out, and looks and feels like a skinny rectangular potato chip.  

I’m guessing the car is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.  I’m making that judgement from the completely rectangular fly window, the chrome detail, and the flared edge of the wheel well.  No, I’m not a savant about these things, but I do have a basic knowledge of classic cars and knew which vintage brochures I should be looking through online to find a match.  I’d put in a hyperlink to the car brochure site, but why would I want you to leave?  Just take my word for it.  

Okay, so the photos are posted in the order they were taken.  As we can see, the camera was put down between winter and spring (most likely).  You can also see that the first two shots overlap slightly.  Someone didn’t wind the camera far enough (I should talk…).  So it was some kind of camera with vertically oriented 620 film that was hand wound and took square shots.  That narrows it down to too many cameras to contemplate.  

Judging from the outfits in shots 3 and 4, I’m guessing those might indicate these kids go to a parochial school.  As for the little girl in 5 and 6, is she playing dress up, or is there an event she’s going to?  A confirmation outfit perhaps?  Do those include tiaras?  I didn’t come from a family that had confirmations.  I can provide independent confirmation if necessary.  

And we can see that the roll ends in with bathing suits in the summertime, and presumably the whole family.  Those people all look alike, right?  I don’t mean, “those people,” but those people in the picture.  I mean, a familial resemblance.  What a nice group they make, no?  

The last four shots on this roll were non-existent.  It was blank.  Eight shots is all there is.  Sometimes eight is enough.  

As for this site, I’ll update as I have the chance (but isn’t that what we all do?).  I have a bunch of vintage rolls that I’ve already developed over the years, and plenty left in the fridge waiting to be processed.  Though it’ll take some time to get them all properly scanned and worked on, especially while I’m still working on other more pressing photo business, and even that more pressing photo business has been put on hold for other even more pressing non-photo business.  

Also, does anybody think I overdid the masthead image with the layering?  It was an attempt by me to be arty.  Those attempts usually fail.  


I’m told the girl might be dressed up for her first holy communion.  I was thinking that at first, but then faulty internet research led me to believe that it was a confirmation.  



We’ve been running  a trade-in/buyback event in the Buffalo stores for the last month or so, and we’ve had a lot of crazy stuff pass through here. This is today’s collection of old mostly-Kodak vest pocket cameras, two of which had film still in them. 

The color 120 roll we developed here, and it was blank, alas– it can’t have been that old, it was Kodachrome II, which is pre-1980 but had a plastic spool. The other one is a roll of 118 film, which was originally patented in the 1890s… I highly doubt anything will come of it but we’ve sent it to Joe at the Delaware store, since he’s the only one with the know-how to develop Verichrome. … Verichrome Pan was introduced in 1956. 118 film was discontinued in 1961. So… That film has to be pretty old, and latent images do not have *that* long a life. But they do survive much longer in black and white film than in color. So there’s still a slim chance something might come out from that roll. 

Very slim.

I’ll have these up for sale in our Etsy store next week. By then I’ll know if there was anything on that roll of 118!!