After graduating from college, Eby set off for Europe aboard the Queen Mary with a $50 bellows camera called the Speedex and a dozen rolls of film. When I returned to the United States late in 1950, I turned my aunts bathroom into a darkroom, made contact prints of my photos . . . and proceeded to forget about them, Eby writes. Then in 1997, I came across my old album and was immediately struck by the fact that the Europe I had put on film no longer existed.
Changes in transportation constitute the greatest difference, Eby notes, between the Europe of today and that of 1950. The Great Depression and World War II slowed progress. Europe existed in a kind of time warp that evoked an even earlier period of time, Eby comments.
Above is In Languedoc: Ragman on Perigueux Road by Cecil Eby.
Photo courtesy Pierpont Commons