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The Boxers

The Boxers
This was my Great Uncle Vernon and my Dad in 1977. Vernon always made like he was a boxer, so Dad always played along. Vernon had quite a history and, in fact, used to be a cook on a chuck wagon back in the cattle drive days of the Southwest.

Taken with a Kodak Handle instant camera in August, 1977, on our way back from a family vacation in Arizona. what happened here was that the flash cubes, tall, two-bulb-wide by five-bulb-high units, didn't go off so the two subjects were only backlit by the light coming in the window. I'd always considered this photo a failure because the flash didn't go off and expose it properly and I took a second one where the flash went off and the picture turned out perfect. But, looking at this one now, in a new light, it's kind of artistic looking after all. So maybe it wasn't a failure after all!

Camera: Kodak The Handle instant camera
Date: August 1977
Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.A.

This picture was most likely taken on the day that Elvis Presley died. I remember we were freshening up in our hotel room before we went over to Loreas and Vernon's house when the news flashed over the television screen.