|More with the Box Camera
| Attempts at using the box camera to record
the standard "Britannia" Pacifics thundering for a while into Bristol,
produced results which - to be complimentary - possessed a Turneresque
speed blur »
Given a chance, the camera could produce tolerably
sharp results, having a (prewar of course) Zeiss lens, even though "16
on 120" meant quite small prints:-
Maid O' the Loch (Loch Lomond)
- Connel Ferry road/rail Bridge - West Highland Line to Mallaig
Note: Connel Ferry Bridge - a
cantilevered structure - was built by Henry Brunel, one of Isambard Kingdom's
three children, and a competent engineer in his own right - he assisted
also in the construction of Tower Bridge, London.
||.....note Blackpool Tower beyond (right) - around
which we had the pleasure of flying in the D. H. Dragon Rapide biplanes
they used then, specially reduced to half a crown from 10/6 - a
long queue at that price!.
The box camera travelled to Scotland in 1955:-
|About 4 years later, the box camera is on hand
to record Sir Peter Scott about to partake of a winch launch at the East
end of Bristol & Gloucester Gliding Club's Nympsfield site. The high
level of activity may be explained by a well-founded rumour that Sir Peter
would not be best pleased with anyone fumbling his launch.
|It is a touching thought, though, that his father's
farewell letter (from Antarctica) to his mother,when Sir Peter, as he would
become, was only two and a half years old, had asked her to interest the
boy in natural history, and "...keep him in the open air".
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