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A blast from the past: Self-portraits 1976

February 1st, 2014 · 5 Comments

Found: A self-portrait of Meda and me back in about 1976. It was taken in our apartment on the fourth floor of the old Circle Jade, the round building on 9th Avenue and Waialae. The building went condo in 1978, so this was taken before then. My guess is 1976. I remember setting up a tripod and taking several photos as our cats kept trying to get into the shot. An 8×10 of this one turned up in my parent’s papers this week.

2013

And here’s one with the cats. This was so far in the past that we only had two cats, and they were both totally amped up by our attempted photo shoot. This was true excitement for these two inside cats. I clearly recall how it went. Pick up cat, step over to tripod, hit self timer, hold cat firmly, step back to preselected spot, try to pull cat’s claws out of my shirt, look at camera, try to turn cat around so that it was looking at the camera, pull claws out of skin, stare into wide wild eyes of cat, hear camera click, drop cat, take deep breath, finish laughing, try again. And, of course, Meda was going through a similar sequence with cat #2.

But we did get this keeper.

I had forgotten the occasion, but it appears to be a 4th of July tableau with hints of the Boston Tea Party, judging from the tea pot and flag table cloth.

1976

Tags: History · Photographs

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anonymous // Feb 3, 2014 at 1:21 am

    But then authority would get pregnant, resulting in little authorities running about.

  • 2 ohiaforest3400 // Feb 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    A history of your hirsuteness and your similarly bristly attitude toward authority.

  • 3 Kolea // Feb 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Trying to understand the posters myself. “Duck Authority” is clever, though might not work in these days of Duck Dynasty. Or, it might, with the right graphic and if marketed to the right demographic!

    I suspect I may be one of the few who might guess the subject of the second poster, but here’s my hunch: Errico Malatesta with some bobbies during his stay in London?

  • 4 Kolea // Feb 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    OK. Found the photo of Errico Malatesta you had posted on your wall:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Errico+Malatesta+english+police+photo&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari#biv=i%7C0%3Bd%7CkTfkczW1qbHoQM%3A

  • 5 Ian Lind // Feb 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    You’re a pretty good researcher!

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