Old Technology

Project Athena - Day 49 (Old Technology)

Brand New Key

I got a brand new pair of roller skates,
You got a brand new key.
I think that we should get together and try them out, to see ...
— Melanie 1971

I learned to skate on a pair of metal clamp-on style roller skates exactly like this. They were so noisy with the metal wheels that everyone could hear me coming down the street from blocks away. They also probably heard me cussing up a storm in the frustration of trying to keep the damn things on my feet. These were adjustable for your shoe size by using the special key (missing from this picture) which, as a six year old, was lost more often than found.

I was so thrilled when my parents upgraded me to my white, derby-style boot skate with rubber wheels for my 10th birthday. Those were skates that made me smile.

Vintage Wards Steel Skates

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/8 • 1/360s • ISO 100 • Flash

Project Athena - Day 48 (Old Technology)

Back in the Day....

Life would be so much easier if we only had the source code.
— Geek

Before computers and "command z" became my way of life, these technical pens were a mainstay to my craft. There was a punctilious pride among designers and illustrators who mastered these finicky little pens. They demanded constant care, routine cleaning and a delicate touch when disassembling and reassembling. In order to achieve a smooth, continuous line, one had to have a steady hand and lots of patience. Weird, I miss them.

In expert hands, these pens can still make an ad or drawing magically stand out against the bland precision of a computer rendered graphic.

Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph Pens

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 45mm • F/8 • 1/30s • ISO 800

Project Athena - Day 47 (Old Technology)

Nostalgic Ski Fence

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Although I grew up in the Fort Collins area as a child, it wasn't until I was 17 years old that I began exploring and falling in love with the Rocky Mountains. I have hiked many a trail, four-wheeled into places I probably shouldn't have, backpacked across the continental divide and driven almost every available road in the hills to the west of where I live.

During one of my excursions into the hills back in 1979, I came upon this ski fence. Today, it looks  almost exactly as it did thirty five years ago. It seems that I have driven by this handiwork now hundreds of times over the years and every time, I smile and still take a picture. I fondly remember that first impression as a young woman: what a creative world this is that I get to live in.

Ski Fence, Rist Canyon, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/14 • 1/80s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 46 (Old Technology)

BEHOLD. The Chemex® Coffee Maker

With the Chemex, even a moron can make good coffee.
— Inventer Peter Schlumbohm

This sensually shaped hour glass vessel enticed me back in the 80's when I didn't even drink coffee.  Now that I am a coffee purist and design geek, I find that this elegant, pop culture, iconic brewer still makes the best cup of coffee EVER...clear, pure, and without the added flavor of metal or plastic.

I love the uncomplicated polished wood collar and leather tie that corset the curves and serve as the handle. Design and function! That makes me smile, always.

BTW - the original design was by a German inventor named Peter Schlumbohm in 1941. You can still buy the Chemex today! They haven't changed.

Chemex® Coffee Maker    Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/4 • 1/8s • ISO 200

Chemex® Coffee Maker

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/4 • 1/8s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 45 (Old Technology)


The sound of a cash register”
”The sound that plays in your mind when you get your check”
”An expression used to show excitement after something good has happened”
”An enthusiastic expression when you get money you did not do much to earn, or found money”
”Slang for “time to cash in””
Wow, I did not know cha-ching meant that. You will have to look that one up yourself.
”The act of overcharging for a product or service
— Urban Dictionary

Can I just say Thank You Athena!! I have been trying to get this shot for over a month now and there had been one thing or another that prevented it from happening. Tonight, I just listened and was shown how to make it happen.

Masonville, CO

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 20mm • F/5 • 1/125s • ISO 200

Project Athena - Day 44 (Old Technology)

Get Your Small Wavy Groove On

Vinyl is the real deal. I’ve always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don’t really own the album. And it’s not just me or a little pet thing or some kind of retro romantic thing from the past. It is still alive.
— Jack White

It is rumored that even Steve Jobs preferred listening to vinyl over a digital mp3 on an ipod. I can certainly understand why. Vinyl is imperfect. Its like the difference between a digital picture and a photo produced from film. Vinyl records are always shy of that "perfect" sound and yet contain a richness and depth not found in digital downloads. A well pressed record is a thing of beauty and an amazing art!

I recall the days of being completely immersed in the listening experience of a vinyl record...pulling the black beauty from its sleeve, wiping it carefully with a plush velvet pad before setting it on the turn table with Side A facing up, lifting the needle ever so carefully and placing it gently over the beginning of the album before lowering the lever to hear that  hiss of the first rotation before the music began.

The music would start and I would sit back with the album cover, causally studying the amazing illustrated artwork indicative of the album's theme. I would listen to the entire album without skipping around or jumping tracks. Every play of the album was unique with different pops and crackles, evoking different emotions. Some days I would dance. Some days I would close my eyes and just listen. Always I would smile.

Music Collection from 1960's

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 85mm • F/6.3 • 1s • ISO 400

Project Athena - Day 43 (Old Technology)

Vintage Fuji Film Birdie Projector

Some choices we live not only once but a thousand times over, remembering them for the rest of our lives.
— Richard Bach

I don't know how old this projector really is but I thought it was prehistoric when it was thoughtfully passed down to me by my parents at very young age of 18.

Go Fuji Film! It still works! I know what my next camera will be!

When I first started taking pictures back in 1978 with that Pentax MX camera you see in my hands on the projection screen, slide film was my choice for color photography and I used this little piece of technology on a daily basis to show off my work. This self-contained, carry-anywhere unit was my way of blogging back then.

This week is gonna be so much fun shooting old technology. Hope you come along and travel into the past with me.

Smiling then, smiling now.

Fuji Film Birdie Projector with a 1978 Lori

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 55-200mm lens • 70mm • F/8 • 1/4s • ISO 400