My First Camera

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I recently had some 2000+ family 35mm color slides scanned. These were photos that my father took over a 30 period starting in the early 50s as well as pictures I took in high school, college, and beyond.

Many of the photos were taken with an Argus C3, similar to the one pictured here. My father purchased the camera in the mid-50s and handed it off to me in the late 60s. I carried that camera to a peace rally in Boston in 1968, to summer school in 1969 at Syracuse, on a 3 month solo backpacking trip to Europe after college, and on a  trip to England with my mother 2 years later. All the settings were manual, it was small but heavy (its nickname was “The Brick”), and it stood up to a lot of rugged handling.

I really loved that camera.

Norman McKenzie – 1861 Canada Census

This the earliest record I’ve found for my great-great-grandfather in Canada. He was born in Scotland in the early 1830s and was still living there for the 1841 Scotland Census.

Norman McKenzie – 1861 Census, Prince Edward island, Canada
Occupation teacher, 2 married people in household plus 2 females under the age of 6 and one 7-16, religion “Kirk of Scotland”.

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Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: M-898

Mariner’s Museum – Norfolk, Virginia


This morning was market day. After a prolonged perusal of wares at Williamsburg, I took a trip to the Knitting Sisters and acquired a (ahem) modicum of fiber.

In the afternoon I drove to the Mariner’s Museum which houses the remains of the Civil War battleship USS Monitor. If your remember your Civil War history, this was the ironclad ship dubbed cheesebox on a raft.

Turret Replica
Replica of the Monitor’s gun turret. The original is on site in a massive desalinization tank.

Carved Figurehead
Carved Figurehead

Colonial Williamsburg

Today I spent the whole day at Williamsburg. Even though this is a second visit, I’m finding more and more to do here.

Today started with another long visit to the Palace kitchens.
Palace Kitchen

Then a Crystal Concert that included a glass harmonica, a glass bowed psaltery, a set of glass bells for ringing, and a glass violin.
Glass Harmonica
I then took a behind the scenes tour of the stables and carriage house.

After a dinner at the King’s Arms Tavern and a fine glass of ale, I attended A Grand Medley at the Kimble Theatre and laughed so hard that my ribs ache two hours later. Take one down on its luck 1790 theatre troupe, two German twins, three Cherokee Indians, a ferocious porcupine, puppets, a juggler, and mix well with other assorted mayhem. Irma Vep seems like Shakespeare’s King Lear by comparison.