The Anonymous Project curates strange and mundane vintage slides

In the late 70’s, early 80’s my dad went to auctions regularly, One night he bought an unopened box from a liquidated storage facility. One of the items in the box was a set of a few hundred slides and viewer. I was rapt as I worked my way through the slides. Watching this family go through their daily lives.

Then I got to several photos of an an 18 year old boy taking photos in his military suit with the family in front of their house. Every one was beaming with pride. It was clearly a happy day.

The next photos taken were of a military funeral. Full 21 gun salute. Coffin. Flag folding. Ladies in hats with veils. The family in tears.

I was in the 5th grade give or a take a year and it left a permanent impression on me. Like all boys at the time I liked actions movies. But after that, when i saw an action movie I would think of the slides and that family’s loss and guns and war stopped having the appeal and excitement it once did.

I have almost nothing left from my childhood in terms of stuff. One of the few things I have kept all of these years are those slides and slide viewer. They changed my world view and started a life long passion for photography. It’s crazy the power that some photons striking emulsion can have decades later.

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Wow, that is a remarkable story! You should consider doing a documentary about it.

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Hey look! I found 70s Aubrey Plaza.

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Alive and well in the tumblr age:

Often NSFW, for people not familiar with it.

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I have several boxes of random slides I’ve picked up at thrift stores and flea markets and curbside trash, but unlike finding an old photo album they are very tedious to look through, so these guys have some perseverance.

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For me, too. It’s all so familiar, so poignant, so stupid. Plus the occasional bit of horrible nudity thrown in for flavor!

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All without any context or comment.

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& @doogly @Mindysan33 @NashRambler
I found this guy recently, too:


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That would be cool. Never done a project like that but I have been feeling an interesting in learning video editing recently. Having a real goal greatly helps drive the learning process. Thank you!

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You might find this interesting/inspirational:

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WOW! That was fantastic ride through a time and place. Great example of dynamically showing photos. Good momentum and pacing. Thank you, again.

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cf. The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

Ahh, so much better than than the plague of selfies and POV feet shots on beaches!

Well, one thing is definitely different; the ones who are posing are not the ones holding the cameras.

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Just a different aesthetic.

But do you really think no one took pictures of themselves before cell phone cameras? I’m sure people did with polaroids or just plain old point and shoots.

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Of course not, but now the selfie is the norm, not the exception. And boxes of photos like these and K-Hole will fade away.

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Maybe, maybe not. There are plenty of people taking photos of other things, even with the prevalence of selfies. And physical photos aren’t quite dead yet. Polaroid even has a new camera on offer that gives you a physical picture.

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Not to nitpick, but “the ones who are posing are not the ones holding the cameras” does not imply “But do you really think no one took pictures of themselves before cell phone cameras?”
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My point was that selfies aren’t new or unique to the modern day. And that the kids aren’t nearly as stupid and vapid as people think. They said the same shit about literally every generation. Maybe time to break the cycle of “generational conflict”, yeah?

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For the sake of clarity (which should answer any present assumptions or remaining ones out there):

My point was that selfies aren’t new or unique to the modern day.
Of course, I agree 100%, (think self-portraits going back hundreds of years) and I’m glad that you’ve clearly stated that point, it being more likely to benefit discussion than making a wide assumption as to what someone else is thinking. I’m sure you see my point.

And that the kids aren’t nearly as stupid and vapid as people think.
That may likely be the case, and I’m hoping that the concern about “the kids” is not being gleaned from my original post and not some assumption of what I was thinking. I believe that, generally, assumptions don’t nail down truth. (In the industry I work in, assumptions can result in injury and worse.) Having said that, I’ll risk an assumption here and say that if pre-cellphone generations had had cellphones, selfies very likely would have been taken with much, much greater frequency (due to the convenience, and not due to stupidity or vapidness; the driver appears be ‘convenience’)… which gets to my point in my original post; selfies weren’t being taken with any significant frequency in more previous generations, at least from what I’ve seen.

They said the same shit about literally every generation.
Yes. Possibly every generation has had things to say about previous generations, and future generations will almost assuredly have something to say about our generation, especially since another ‘great divider’ is shaping up to be technology and the associated changes.

Maybe time to break the cycle of “generational conflict”, yeah?
That would be a good thing, although I very much doubt that any decisions reached here will break that cycle. People, you know.

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