Sunday Stills: Flashback

Anniv008This week’s challenge was to find one of the earliest photographs you took, and to identify the type of camera used.  Well, this must have been amongst my earliest; my first ‘serious’ boyfriend with his second car.  As I recall, this Volkswagen (or Thrungewagen as it was called) was his second car, the first (a Wolseley)  having expired gracefully somewhere on the moors after rendering sterling service.  This photo would have been taken with a Kodak Instamatic, the type that came with the blue flash cube… remember?  Well maybe not… it was the late sixties after all.

This car finally gave up the ghost when the hole in the floor of the car eventually became the floor of the car itself.  This was shortly after we’d been stopped by the police because of the ‘jagged edges’ of the sills.  The car was a rustbucket… but beautifully held together by the paintwork, a tribute to its previous owner, an art student.

To see other submissions (when people have dusted off their scanners) visit Sunday Stills.


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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18 Responses to Sunday Stills: Flashback

  1. I think memory always ‘flashback” on us every time we take a look at old photos. The joy, the experiences and the love we had are all stand still on a flat surface with the dust of time 🙂


  2. kazg10 says:

    Great photo and Im sure a great memory Sandra. I remember those cameras with the cube flash.. it sounds all so primitive now doesn’t it. Like you I had to scan in my photo which did take some doing. Im actually liking this challenge. Its quite interesting to see what others were doing and when.


    • Sandra says:

      I think this is one of the best challenges for ages kazg10 And I might just start scanning all my old photos now, before they fade even more than they already have. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    Ah the blue cube flash. I remember those. Does anyone even own a camera anymore? I get great photos with iPad and iPhone 😉

    Fun photo. Reminds me of my 1971 VW Beetle that also had a hole in the floor.




    • Sandra says:

      Hi Rochelle, yes the blue cube flash was so cumbersome, wasn’t it. And yes, I’m a camera buff. I can’t get on with taking photos with the tab or iphone, I like a proper viewfinder.

      The hole in the floor must have been a design feature for the VW then! 🙂

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  4. DailyMusings says:

    What a great photo! Made me smile 🙂


  5. Sandra, I also remember the blue flashcube. I remember my first car too. It had a hole in the floor, but that wasn’t a design feature. My dad just covered it with a mat or something (I can’t remember now what it was.) It got me where I needed to go in those days (school, then work).Good photo. 🙂 —Susan


  6. Love it, Sandra. Since we’re in Wyoming, I can’t go through my boxes of photos and going, but I’ll just enjoy yours. I had a ’75 Super Beetle and I guess the hole-in-the-floor design was gone by that time! Great cars.



    • Sandra says:

      I don’t think the hole-in-the-floor was a great selling point, Janet. 🙂 They were certainly a different car. There’s one near us, and we can always tell when the owner is coming home or going out – such a distinctive engine noise.


  7. Sue says:

    ‘eee ek Sandra, bloody fantastic car and the camera could still be on the go!!!!


  8. Sandra, I remember the blue cubes for sure. Also you might find this interesting. Remember my German grandfather in today’s post where I mentioned his career in automobile industry? He worked for Porsche and was on the design team for VW. Always a feather in his cap! Wonderful photo and memories.


  9. dibear says:

    I definitly remember the “blue cube”! My first camera was in 1954, a Brownie Box camera! Great picutre of the bug. 🙂


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