In 1998 and 1999, Quickcams and other webcams were one of the hottest technologies on the market. The idea of hooking up a camera on top of your computer to allow you to take pictures and send video to another person on their computer was a mindblowing concept. For about $50, as long as you had a computer, you could have your very own “digital camera.”
I have hundreds of tiny Quickcam .bmp pictures from this time period, hardly big enough to print out the size of a postage stamp. It’s too bad really, since some of these pictures are really priceless.
My little Quickcam captured very important life experiences, such as my graduation from college in 1999 and my celebration of Year 2000.
It also captured my first few years of life with Andrew in photos I used to send him in emails during our hours and hours talking on the phone or on AIM (AOL’s Instant Messaging client) when I first moved to Boston and he was still living in Phoenix. The photo with the blue elephants were Ty Peanut Buddies from the Beanie Baby line, a very rare find that I was showing Andrew on the computer very late one night in late 1999.
I treasure these little snapshots of our early life together. It is possible that if I had been using a real camera, they wouldn’t be nearly as candid and carefree.
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