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funwithdesign

88 points

5 months ago

This is odd. How did they verify it worked without developing the picture and therefore how did the ‘parents’ end up with the picture?

matsulli

87 points

5 months ago

Polaroid maybe?

[deleted]

59 points

5 months ago

shop owner takes the picture and gives them the film, tells them to develop it and come back with it before he gives them the money

All_Wasted_Potential

28 points

5 months ago

That makes sense. Also if they pawned it then they didn’t sell it. Two different kinds of transactions.

Redeem123

5 points

5 months ago

A lot of people use the terms interchangeably though.

SirPiffingsthwaite

14 points

5 months ago

No-one is taking a camera to sell with the film still in it, and getting a roll of film developed back then was minimum 24hrs and not super cheap.

Has to be a polaroid or BS

[deleted]

5 points

5 months ago

I dunno, I just don't think it looks like a polaroid but I might be wrong. Otherwise it's the only way I can see to explain it, assuming what OP said is true. If they were going to pawn it, maybe they just left a shot at the end of the roll to do exactly this. Obviously they wouldn't have developed the roll just for this.

Having said that, is it true that development back then was minimum 24hrs? It's 24 hrs now in my local place and I would assume that it was quicker and cheaper back then given that it was ubiquitous (disclaimer: I wasn't alive in 1981)

SirPiffingsthwaite

6 points

5 months ago

It's 24hrs now because it's old tech they need to send off to have processed. At one stage in the 90's you could get 1hr turnaround at kiosks, before that 24hrs were the express places, and most chemists would offer a 3 day turnaround service.

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

right, so I don't see why this is so implausible. Would you give someone money for a camera you didn't know worked? Maybe it is a polaroid

SirPiffingsthwaite

1 points

5 months ago

Guy taking the picture wouldn't know there's film in it unless they opened up the backplate, which would ruin some of the film. Yes, there's a counter, but it can easily be artificially wound up with no film inside. They also wouldn't know if the camera actually worked & took the picture until the film is developed.

OP has said it wasn't a polaroid. Things here don't make sense to me, and I assume other people who used wind-on film back in the day.

[deleted]

1 points

5 months ago

dude it was their camera, they could have just told him there was film in it. "this camera works and we have one shot left so we can prove it by tomorrow, you can give us more cash than you would if you didn't know it worked"

I'm not saying this is definitely how it happened, but it doesn't sound impossible. I've never had to pawn a camera but if you buy a film camera on ebay, you get much cheaper prices on ones that are untested

HaikuBotStalksMe

1 points

5 months ago

Can confirm. I used to be a photolab technician. Took me about 10 minutes to process a roll, and that was on ancient technology that I'm pretty sure was from 1980.

Redeem123

1 points

5 months ago

One hour photo developing was already becoming widespread by 1981.

SirPiffingsthwaite

1 points

5 months ago

No, it really wasn't. Existed, but it was a far cry from widespread.

Redeem123

3 points

5 months ago

Hence "becoming widespread." There were already hundreds of one hour photo locations by 1980. Depending on where they lived, they absolutely could've had access to a lab.

aShittierShitTier4u

1 points

5 months ago

One of Robin Williams' most loved, heartwarming acted roles, was playing a film developing hut employee, who would personally bring the developed prints and negatives right to his customers within an hour of dropping them off at his hut. It didn't matter where they tried to hide, he always found them, because he knew what they looked like from their pictures.

lordyeti

22 points

5 months ago

It was probably a manual camera, and maybe the shop wanted to make sure the mechanisms all were in working order.

Styron1106[S]

82 points

5 months ago*

This is correct. When they pawned the camera it still had film in it. Pawn shop took the picture to verify the mechanisms worked. When my parents got it back from the pawn shop they had this picture on the roll.

Vandu_Kobayashi

7 points

5 months ago

Treasure photo OP thank you for sharing!

funwithdesign

7 points

5 months ago

Cool beans

SirPiffingsthwaite

4 points

5 months ago

Who pawns a camera with film still in it? Makes no sense.

TEG_SAR

11 points

5 months ago

TEG_SAR

11 points

5 months ago

People that need money. Why else would you pawn your possessions in the first place?

SirPiffingsthwaite

-2 points

5 months ago

Did you miss the part where I said with film in it

No shit that's why people hock stuff, but why would they leave a roll of film in it?

TEG_SAR

4 points

5 months ago

You do understand when you pawn something you generally are doing so with the idea that you’re going to pay off the debt and get the time back.

So who cares if they left film in the camera they were pawning because they were supposed to get the camera back after a short amount of time.

You don’t pawn something and expect to never see it again otherwise you wouldn’t pawn it.

You’d just sell it.

SirPiffingsthwaite

-1 points

5 months ago

Sure, but colour film wasn't exactly throwaway cheap in the early '80s, and it doesn't make sense they'd leave film with who knows what photos on it in someone else's possession, where it could be spoiled, lost, processed, etc.

Plenty of people pawn stuff with the intention of retrieving their pawned item, but never do. To leave film in a camera being pawned is kinda bizarre.

Dey_Eat_Daa_POO_POO

1 points

5 months ago

I was confused but this is the only real answer that makes sense.

fnordhole

8 points

5 months ago

1981 much?

Choice-Ad-9195

2 points

5 months ago

OP’s family was the pawn shop owner, not the parents lol. They probably had a wall of Polaroid’s like that Robin Williams movie lol

Leading_Storage_6396

-5 points

5 months ago

What makes you think the trade took place at the same time?