June 28, 2010

Olan Mills

Ok - I'm taking one for the team here.

For the sake of a good 80's blog post I'm risking any last shred of respect I might have and I'm going out on a limb to display - for the whole wide web world to see - my Olan Mills photo. If there's one thing that a wiry, dorky, Casio-watch-that-plays-Dixie-wearing, breakdancer-shirt-sporting kid doesn't want to see during his awkward middle school years, it's the Olan Mills photographer.  I don't think I've ever seen a flattering Olan Mills picture - of anybody!  Or maybe it's just a guy thing.  Or maybe it's just a me thing.  Maybe I'm just realizing that me & the O.M. just don't work.

Anyhow, I'd never just post a ugly picture of myself if I didn't have something to go with it.  And I do.  Thanks to a stash of memorabilia I just received from my mom (perhaps she's my archiving inspiration), I have not just the Olan Mills photo, but the actual order form we used to throw away my dad's hard-earned cash so my mom could immortalize my awkwardness in an 8x10 matte finish.

For some reason, I don't think it's necessary to include "Click on any image to enlarge."


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  2. my father was an Olan Mills photographer in the 1940's He ran one of the few permanent studios at that time and took one of the few portraits of Mr. Olan Mills in existence. I have copies of that portrait. I also have numerous items from the company from that era such as Lens magazine, etc

    1. I'm starting a podcast/youtube channel about Olan Mills (I'm a former employee) and would love to interview you and see the memorabilia you have. Contact me at jdmcdonaldjr@gmail.com