I have always been interested in the field of photography. Capturing special moments on film has allowed my family, friends and me to reminiscence about the good old days of the 50′s ,60’s and 70’s. However, never in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that technology, such as the Internet, would afford me the opportunity to share my memories with so many. I started taking pictures with a Kodak still camera at the age of eight.
The size of the film(frame) was 127, and the rolls came in yellow or green with instructions on the roll showing how to load the film into the camera. The film came in rolls of 12, 24, 36 frames black and white. I don’t remember whether there was color film at that time (1955) for that camera and my family couldn’t afford it anyway. The camera had a small knob on top that you would turn to the frame to be taken, and a small window showing the number of the frame on the back of the camera.
Many of the photos taken at the Apollo Theater were in 1974. I remember double lines of people lined the sidewalks to see stars like James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Screaming Jay Hawkins and on and on. The lines started at the door of The Apollo Theater and went around the corners of Seventh and Eighth avenues. Sadly I admit, I didn’t have my camera handy to show how the crowds spilled over into the streets in front of The Apollo Theater(125Th) halting traffic, whew what excitement!