This is the time of year when many look back over the past year. Time to reminisce over the happenings, the activities, the friendships. It is not my habit to join in, but this year I will. I came across some old photos, a chance to go back, way back, nearly seventy years.
A photo showing part of my desk from my college days in the mid-1950s. Notice at the right top the typewriter. Totally manual, of course. Next there is my old ink pen. That was the way to write! In front of the pen my slide rule. This is the pocket version of the Pickett “LOG LOG SPEED RULE” that helped me through the electrical engineering curriculum. One of my textbooks. Can’t tell what course. Note that it is in a protective cover. It was important to keep books pristine to get a good price for them at the end of the semester.
On the left is my Sherwood amplifier with my Sherwood FM tuner on top. Vacuum tubes inside! Look closely and you see it set to 102 – That was WDOK in Cleveland, the city’s classical music station. I spent many hours in their studios.
Most prominently the cup of coffee. To this day the mainstay of students everywhere.
My hobby, then and now, is photography. Performers, actors, musicians, always have been favorite subjects. This photo is from the practice stage at a nearby college. I have forgotten the name of the dancer.
Like the photo above, this still life shows my interest in the abstract form and the stark use of light.
Not all mu photography was in black-and-white. I used Kodachrome and Ektachrome when I could afford it. This photo of the Republic Steel plant shows steel ingots being brought over from the blast furnaces to the rolling mill buildings. Yes, steam locomotives were still in use. I worked for a time on the strip mill making sheet steel. The photo was digitized years ago. I don’t recall if the slide had deteriorated that much or if it is just poorly scanned and processed. I need to see if this, and other slides, can still result in good conversions.
Thank you for joining me in my trip back into history.
.:. © 2022 Ludwig Keck