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Vintage Durango: The era of 1-hour photo

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Photo development advertisement from the May 25, 1977, Durango Herald.
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Photo development advertisement from the May 25, 1977, Durango Herald.

In the ancient times, you had to wait an ENTIRE HOUR to see the photos you took. You dropped off film at a lightning fast, 1-hour photo joint and came back to printed pictures.

This was a world of considerably less dick pics. Not many folks wanted their schlong copied and kept by the 1-hour photo staff. If you couldn’t afford a Polaroid camera, ain’t no sexy pics for you.

Today, 67 percent of people don’t print any of their photos, according to a survey by the Professional Photographers of America. Not printing pics is cost effective, considering we’re the most photographed generation ever. It also means there’s a good chance that all our memories will be lost to shifting digital platforms within 10 to 20 years.

Should you print every photo you take? Hell no. You don’t need a quinoa burger photo unless you are eating it with Oprah. Consider printing up those pics from yer BFF’s wedding in Thailand though. You don’t want ’em lost to a digital dark age.

Patty TempletonDGO Staff Writer

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Photo development advertisement from the May 25, 1977, Durango Herald.