My Kodachrome memories are of Photohuts. Those were drive-up huts that were placed in the corner of mall parking lots. You handed the clerk rolls of film and later they handed you back photos. It’s likely the architectural design later influenced Pizza Huts.


Reader Cycleboredom found the photo and Foster Bass commented that the huts were ran by Fotomat.

With the last roll of Kodachrome being processed, what memories do you have? A shoebox full of old races and bikes? Mt. Tam and your Mtn bike?


Picking up film used to be one more errand on the list. I’d come back from a trip somewhere, maybe with ten or twelve rolls of film, and take them down to be processed. Before the “One Hour Processing” shops, it used to take quite a few days, and when I’d check back, it wasn’t always ready. But then, inevitably, it was, those fat, yellow envelopes drawn out from a file full of them. It was almost as fun as getting a birthday present. Disappointment arrived more often than not, however, as my memories of the scene were often more vivid than the photo. Too, I found that by the time the photos arrived I had forgotten many of the dates, names, and places of the scenes they contained. Reconstructing that meta-data was usually a chore.

How immediate, how easy are our digital cameras today! We may have lost something in going to digital, but I don’t think I’d want to return to those days.

Now that “I’m into photography” with new cameras, I’ve been reading blogs with lengthly comment threads about dynamic range, metering, and more. Want to reply back, “you can instantly see if that photo turned out and then adjust its RAW image.” Much better than driving to a Photohut . ..

I’ll miss the little plastic film cannisters.  They were so handy to store any number of things in…..from maches to…....!

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