I was thinking today about my first camera and photographic experience.

My first camera was a Christmas present when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. It was a simple plastic camera, the brand long forgotten. It was focus free and I think used 127 roll film. Of course it was equipped with a flash and I think came with a dozen flash bulbs. I believe that the only control was a color / B&W selector which controlled the aperture.

I remember running around the house Christmas photographing anything I could find and getting into a bit of trouble for going through the first roll of film so quickly. Of course, there were no stores open on Christmas back then so I had to wait a day or two for more film. At that time you took your film to the drug store and it took what seemed like an eternity to get the photos back.

I also remember that the flash bulbs had a plastic coating. The coating blistered up and gave off the most wonder smell when used.

I've attached a photo from that fateful day.

What a wonderful time.

How about your experience??