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One of my early shots from 1971. Diner in downtown L.A. Food was crazy cheap back then.

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Great image! In 1972 I was on a college basketball team. When we traveled we had a budget of $2 per meal. Generally one could eat well, though any kind of soft drink, etc could put one over the limit.
 

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Very classic image. What strikes me is how perfect the lighting is. I know it's likely just ambient but it just looks perfect. Very nice documentary image.
 

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Very classic image. What strikes me is how perfect the lighting is. I know it's likely just ambient but it just looks perfect. Very nice documentary image.
Slacker will have to confirm it, but it looks like well-used flash to me (bounced off the ceiling?) But I have been wrong before and most likely will continue the trend...
 

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Ashtrays all around :smile:
 

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Some changes are definitely for the better!
Indeed. We banned smoking in all public places in 2007. Sadly some countries within the EU still allow exceptions to this rule.
 

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Back in the days when only a 'photographer' could get an image like that. One had to know the equipment, right lens, probably guess at exposure with powerful bounce flash. Or if that is available light it was probably even more challenging.
 

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Indeed. We banned smoking in all public places in 2007. Sadly some countries within the EU still allow exceptions to this rule.
If I'm not mistaken, a grill is not a public place. It's privately owned. I love the photo. It has character. Made before the ban-everything crowd got their hands on everything they had no authority to. Thanks for posting it.
 

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Public in a sense that everyone is allowed to enter.
 

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Great photograph! It has tone and grit — lovely. I’d love to know what film and developer was used. And I wonder what that “SOS + biscuits 95 cents” is.
 
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"SOS" is military slang for S--t on a Shingle, otherwise known as creamed chipped beef on toast.
One of those dishes you either loved or hated.
 

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One on-line inflation calculator has $1 in 1971 equalling $6.33 today.
In 1971 I was getting around 'minimum wage' as a department stockboy (I was in highschool) -- probably $1.35 an hour.

edited to add -- I looked up the historic minumum wage rates for CA and it was $1.65 in 1971. After taxes and deductions, I would get an envelope with my pay (in cash) figured to the minute by the punchclock -- worked out to just over a dollar an hour take-home.
 
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Great photograph! It has tone and grit — lovely. ...

Tone and grit, yes.. A wonderful photo of times past.

Thank you for sharing it.
 
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Great image! In 1972 I was on a college basketball team. When we traveled we had a budget of $2 per meal. Generally one could eat well, though any kind of soft drink, etc could put one over the limit.

I did similar in later 70's We got $3 a day. One guy used to buy a loaf of bread and peanut butter. That was all he ate. He made a profit!
 
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