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The National Folk Museum of Korea is just wrapping up “Korea 1952,” an exhibit of photographs and home movies by Dr. Charles Burstone of Farmington, Connecticut.

A native of St. Louis, Burstone had practiced as dentist for about a year before he enlisted in 1951 and was eventually stationed at the K-9 Air Base in the Suyeong district of Busan in southern Korea, where he provided dental services to service people and locals.

After years of showing his 8mm films to friends and colleagues, Burstone created a DVD of the images, which was shared by a Korean dental colleague, Park Young-chui, with the National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul.

Source: Asia News Network and Hartford Courant

Michael Stickrod is an (awesome) artist.

Best said by his own artist statement: “Michael Stickrod’s videos are mesmerizing constructions of personal family documentations that range from reel-to-reel audio recordings of his mother’s memories, to scans of her paintings, to video that Stickrod shot observing his parents’ daily lives. The woven portraits of his father and mother become non-linear and abstract statements on life lived in the day-to-day.”

His videos are here: http://family–

The film 51 Birch Street has been out for 3 years now but I just got around to seeing it. In the film, filmmaker Doug Block sifts through years of home movies, photographs, and his mother’s journals while concurrently interviewing his father, sisters and family friends to discover more about his parents’ marriage.

Tragically, the blog Lost in Light has announced that it is going to that great web server in the sky.  Over the years, Jen and Aaron have rediscovered countless home movie collections.  They offered free film transfers and were instrumental in encouraging creative uses for home movies, and graciously posted their transfers on for the world to download and share.

They end with contributions from the home movie and snapshot Flickr collection, The Owls Go, which is definitely worth a visit on its own.

Coming Soon:

Who We Were, the Square America book.

350 photos, all taken by amateur photographers, tell the story of America from the 1890s through the early 1970s, literally beginning inside a surry with a fringe on top and ending on the Moon. Of course there’s World Wars (two of them!), the Depression, and Civil Rights marches but there’s also child brides and criminals, rabbit hunters and rat-catching contests.

But wait, there’s more! Every 100 orders will get a copy of the Square America home movie DVD-R.

Further evidence that everything used to be better:

The Birthday Cakes of the Past Flickr group.

Here’s a great contest from the website ColorWars. The rules:

  • Find a picture of when you were very little.
  • Then try to recreate that pose and picture as best you can with the current you.

The Gallery of Winners