in Tomorrow's Nostalgia Today!
I once had a
Marvel comic book that featured the first appearance of Spiderman. I'd
purchased it as a youngster and even then knew that it was special and
would, one day, be valuable so I kept it in a plastic bag and made sure
that it wouldn't get bent or folded. Many years later I found out that
that issue it that condition was worth over $10,000.
It's a damn shame that my mother threw it away with all my other comics
while cleaning out my bedroom closet. Then again, if it wasn't for all
cleaning mothers doing similar things all those old comics would only
be worth 25 cents a piece by now.
It's time, once again, to think about the future. Your future and how
you're going to pay for it. One way would be to carefully put money
into an IRA or a 401K over years and years and watch the market turn
your small contributions into a large nest egg, only to see that same
nest egg decrease in value by 90 percent during the next market crash...
Which, as luck would have it, will happen just before you want to retire.
So the trick looks to be "go with what you know" and start
buying photographic things now that will be worth more later on.
Digital photography is the rage and it can only get more and more popular
as time goes on so I suggest investing in "nostalgia futures"
now. In 25 years or so there's going to be a huge interest in analog
photography. It'll be "retro" and therefore cool. Teens and
college kids will get interested and 30-40 year olds will be able to
spend some serious bucks satisfying their curiosity about all that "old
Your first thought might be to snap up all the Leicas that you can but
since Leicas are overpriced as it is that'd cost lots of money now,
money that you might not have. So think low to mid price. A few cases
of disposable cameras might be a good idea but they're bulky and would
take up all the room in your basement refrigerator. So the trick is
going to be to find a decent, small camera that will not take up too
How about a Canon Sure-Shot? An Olympus Stylus? A Nikon Lite-Touch?
All good cameras capable of producing some excellent quality images
and all (depending on model) available for around $100. So start buying.
Buy them in bulk if you can. Go in with a few good friends in a camera
buying syndicate. Wrap them in plastic, keep them in a nice dry place
and wait. Pick up a few stainless steel tanks and some 35mm reels while
you're at it and 20 or 30 copies of one of those books that explain
how you can make your own photographic developers and fixers. If you
have lots of space getting a hold of half a dozen small, cheap enlargers
might be a good idea. And buying a case or three of Tri-X and any-battery-that-the-camera-needs-that-isn't
a "AA" would be smart .
Think about how much you're going to be able to charge for this stuff
in 2033! All it'll take will be two weeks on Ebay or a few classified
ads and you'll be set for the rest of your life. You'll be able to get
$1000 or so for each camera and you'll be able to swap one of those
enlargers for a vacation home in Florida when the time comes.
© James Colburn