In 1970, after graduating from Classical High School (finishing up a special “5-year Plan), and working my way through half the summer, I boarded one of the first-in-service Pan American 747s for the beginning of what I now know to have been one of my earliest “wanderabouts.”  (Okay, there was a girl involved, but that’s a story for another day!) 

Once a week I’d go to the American Embassy to pick up a wire transfer, then, after finding a bank to provide me with Pound notes, I’d continue on with my rather vagabond wanderings.  When it became clear to me that I had enough money, I purchased this little Olympus -35 SP at a camera store in the City of London. 

I used the Olympus for my first year of college, then, after trying out a Kowa Set R and a Mamiya 500 DTL, I finally began my long term involvement with Nikon cameras.  To this day, however, the little Olympus - 35 SP remains one of the finest rangefinders I’ve ever used (and, yes, I make that statement having owned and used a Leica M3).

After a rather involved search of my many boxes of color slides, I found this image of the Tower of London I took in while I was wandering about the city.  In the foreground is the ancient Roman Wall, now over 2,000 years old.


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