When I was a kid, my parents got me a Fisher-Price Camera that was manufactured by Kodak and took real 110 film. I remember that camera being built really well, with a protective coating and rubber corner bumpers to protect it from the inevitable drops to the floor it would receive over the years. In 1984, it was a big deal to take pictures, have to take the film to get developed, and then wait a week or more to see the results. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and my daughter now has her own Fisher-Price camera, albeit a digital device that allows unlimited photo-taking with instant results.
About a year ago, Addie received the Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera as a gift. Since that time, she’s been snapping pictures regularly, often deleting some on her own (“to take more!” she says) along the way. Over the weekend, the camera needed a battery change, and after swapping the power, I decided to dump the camera’s internal memory onto my computer. There were over 800 photos on there, and as I went through them I couldn’t help but be captivated. They were a fascinating look at what my little girl sees on a daily basis.
Within one afternoon after dumping the memory, Addie had already taken 74 more pictures. I was looking forward to checking them out until I heard a series of beeps coming from the next room. “You don’t have to delete those,” we told her. “But I want to take more,” she said…
As for the camera that I had as a child? While it’s long-gone, I found this vintage commercial on YouTube:
Check out a full gallery of photos taken by my 3-year-old daughter on The Rock Father Facebook Page. Click here to view!