Found Film Friday: Brownie Hawkeye

This week’s found film comes from the inside of a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye.

Kodak Brownie Hawkeye

The Brownie Hawkeye is a camera made in the 1950s.  It takes 620 rollfilm, and this camera contained a roll like the one below, which uses a process called C-22, no longer used nowadays (modern film is developed using the C-41 process). So what I do is develop this (color) film using black and white chemicals, based on what others have suggested on the internet. When the film is developed, it ends up pretty opaque, and the resulting image is difficult to pick up using a scanner.

Found Film 1

So then I have to use a homemade lightbox (described in this post) illuminate the image from behind, and take a picture of it.  This has to be converted from negative to positive, then to black and white, and then made more contrasty using software.

It’s the only way I’ve figured out I can develop C-22 film.  sometimes it turns out relatively well/clear; and then there’s times like this time.  The murky images that came out of the process are kind of a bummer though.  They date from 1970, at the earliest.

The first image is pretty unclear, and the second shows a man standing near a car whose make I cannot identify, but appears firmly rooted in the 1970s.

Found Film Brownie Hawkeye

Found Film Brownie Hawkeye

The final images show the reason why the roll was shot. First appears to be some flowers, which turns out to be a grave marker.

Found Film Brownie Hawkeye

Found Film Brownie Hawkeye
We don’t know who Mildred Rita Collins was, but it seems she passed away in 1970, if I’ve read this correctly.  May she rest in peace.

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