Using a 100 year old camera

Being stuck indoors more than I would prefer recently has had a profound effect on the amount of time I've been able to dedicate to hobbies old and new (AKA buggering-around-in-the-garage). I recently passed my 30th birthday (*groan*), for which my partner very kindly bought me a near 100 year old Kodak No. 1 Pocket camera. I would have been very happy just having this photography relic as a decoration, but I have now managed to get some photos out of it! There were a few versions of these old folding cameras from Kodak, but here is the version that I have from somewhere around the 1920s. 

Mulberry Jam

I recently had the pleasure of sampling this quite fairly-hard-to-come-by jam, and I have to report that unfortunately it’s god damn delicious. And not made from handbags.


Looking rather like a blackberry or raspberry, the mulberry was a Jacobean fashion when it came to the UK and trees can still be found in the gardens of some stately homes, including Chastleton House in Oxfordshire and Charlecote Park, Warwickshire, where there is a receipt dated 1713 for the purchase and planting of a tree that is still flourishing.

The trees tend to grow fairly large and the fruit does not weather well after being harvested (they are quite soft and liable to explode when touched). This might have something to do with the commercial scarcity of the fruit and by extension the rarity of the jam shown opposite by Wilkin’s. Nowadays the best way to get your tongue around this genuine rarity would probably to grow yourself a tree and make the stuff yourself.

If you do get chance to sample it, or spot it at a supermarket/farm shop then snap it up quick. They don’t come around often. Enjoy with heart attack inducing pastry of choice. Very tasty.