Fine Art, Whiskeytown

Kodak No. 2 Folding Autographic Brownie

Several years ago my Uncle David gave my a Kodak No. 2 Folding Autographic Brownie. My grandfather owned this camera as a youth – as a family heirloom I was very glad to add it to my collection!

I had always thought it would be fun to clean it up and try shooting, but didn’t get around to it until this spring. I bought a roll of 120 film from B&H, loaded it up, and hit the town.

The bellows ended up being compromised, and there was a pretty substantial light leak. Only three of the 8 pics I shot were even slightly discernible. It was still a blast to be able to hold and shoot my Grandfather’s 100-year-old camera!

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Whiskeytown

Mrs. Georgia Benjamin S.

Mrs. Georgia works at the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton, GA. She looks after the artifacts in the museum and entertains guests with stories of her own, many of which were lessons passed down from her Grandmama.

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“My Grandmama used to tell me, ‘Don’t hate a white person today because of slavery; they didn’t have nothing to do with it.’ And that makes much more sense to me than anything I’ve seen today. It seems like all of us that came along during that time was taught the same thing.”

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“My Grandmama, with a third grade education, could read whatever you put before her; could write whatever you wanted her to. Now she might not pronounce the words like they should be, but you knew what she was talking about. She might not spell the words like they should be, but you knew what she was talking about. Because, she told me, every white lady’s kitchen she worked in she would tell them when she started to work, ‘I don’t read too good, will you help me?’ And they did! So you have to have an incentive. You got to want to do something.”

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