When I was very young, my parents took our family on a day trip to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport.

While we were there, our parents had their picture taken in an automated photo booth. This is the portrait that was produced. To this day, it is one of my favorite photographs of my parents.

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Great associations & handsome couple! And what did you see at the Pittsburgh airport??

  • The best that my five year old brain could grasp was that we were there to see the airplanes flying, taking off and landing. There was probably more of a reason for us to be there, but the airplanes are what I remember so clearly.

    My dad bought me a large photo book of airplanes while we were there. It was made up of very high quality photographic plate images, with detailed descriptions of every American military aircraft of the time. The book cover was held together with special hardware (like a scrapbook) so it could be expanded as more pages were add to the series. I really treasured that book. It instilled a very deep interest in aeronautics AND photography in me. I spent an incredible amount of time carefully studying every picture in that book.

    To this day, whenever I see an old war plane, I can’t help calling out its name …it’s like an autonomic response.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 4 years ago


    Great story and lovely memory!

  • Thank you so much!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    A wonderful treasure.

  • Thanks, Joy! It is a very small photo, but it means a lot to me. My sister sent it to me recently and I’m so glad to have it.

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Oh…how much I love these old images!

  • Me too, Béla! There is something so honest about these old photos. Having a photograph taken was considered quite an “event” back then, something people took very seriously, even when it was done in an automated photo booth.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Tim Devine
    Tim Devineover 4 years ago

    Wow, great keepsake, it is truly a wonderful photo.

  • Thank you so kindly, Tim! The image is in amazing condition, mostly because of the little metal frame that it has. That saved it from the usual surface scratches, even while it was in the big box where our family pictures had been stored.

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    I have to ask – what happened to that book??? Sounds like my cup of tea. Growing up near the Niagara Airbase, we saw plenty of aircraft, including some fairly hush-hush prototypes being developed by Bell Aircraft. Once in a while something really weird would appear out of the blue, as it were, & there would be a flurry of UFO calls…. Also heard the occasional sonic boom. We used to take a back route to Northern Ontario, which took us past the ends of a couple of Toronto airport runways. Always stopped & let a plane or two take our heads off!

  • I truly wish I knew what happened to that book, but I have no idea. I’ll have to ask my parents, they are both doing well and might remember what happened to it. My dad has a huge library (unfortunately, in a tiny office) and he might know. He really treasures his book collection.

    Ah, yes, Bell Aircraft. I remember the early X-series so vividly. I had a book all about the X-1 and Chuck Yeager. I even saved an old “Weekly Reader” for years, because it had a story about Bell’s X planes. That was big stuff back in the 50’s. It was about the same time that my father took a job with a company that built missiles for the military (Nike) and did some work for NASA.

    …very different times.

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful photo and memory, preserved! – John

  • Much appreciated, John!

    Best regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    Oh, Wonderful :-) This is truly something to cherish. I love the look in your parent’s eyes… I see a lot of kindness there.. Thanks for sharing this, my friend x

  • Thank you so much, Maureen. My folks are both doing quite well these days …the kindness still shines brightly in their eyes. My dad is a retired Pastor, who continues to conduct a few smaller outreach ministries near Atlanta. Mom keeps busy with all kinds of church related activities. Old habits are hard to change…

    Warmest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 4 years ago

    It is so wonderful that you have this picture. I think it is a great one. I can feel the love in this shot.

  • Thank you so much, Wanda! I really appreciate your very kind comment. Sorry about my late reply, I nearly missed this one.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • jazzdevil
    jazzdevilabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for this very kind honor! I’m proud to have my parent’s photo featured in “Days Gone By”!

    Gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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