Photographic Memorabilia, 06.53.58

In 1957 I saved pocket money to buy a Bakelite VP Twin (16 on 127 roll film) from Woolworths. It cost 7/6 pre-decimalisation, which is 37.5p. The VP Twin was difficult to use successfully, especially by an inexperienced 11 year old. Its open frame viewfinder could lead to catastrophic framing errors and the shutter release was awkward, so that camera shake was commonplace. I still have prints supplied by Gratispool from a holiday in Blackpool in 1957 which amply demonstrate the framing and camera shake errors I suffered.

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