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Me opening my Atari on Christmas of 1980 !


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#1 AtariBrian OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 4:07 PM

I am writing this during a difficult time as my family and I had to lay my mom to rest yesterday . But I am glad she doesn't have anymore pain and suffering . Hardest day of my life .

 

I believe this photo is from 1980 or 1981 . My dad bought this Atari from a neighbor's friend so it was used but hardly played . As my family and old friends went through old photos for the funeral I came across this one and was quite surprised and happy as I had no clue this photo even existed . I remember seeing a video of someone as a kid opening their console for Christmas and wished I had a photo or video . So I was in shock when finding this photo and now I do have a childhood photo ! That is me on the left with my brother , dog , and one of my sisters . 

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#2 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 4:10 PM

I love shit like this!

We should have a vintage photo thread - where photos have to have been taken back in the day.



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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 4:14 PM

So sorry to hear that Brian. Prayers to you and your family.

Great pic. I love to see these kinds of pics. Wish I had one from the Christmas that I got mine. Probably the same year right around 80.

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 4:18 PM

Neat photo, thanks for sharing AB!

And so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 4:44 PM

Sorry to hear your loss. That is an awesome family photo and memory... better days my friend.

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 5:02 PM

Sorry for your loss Brian :(

Sent from my non beer holding hand.

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 7:33 PM

I love these photos. So sorry for your loss.  Thank you for sharing.



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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 7:50 PM

I love your picture, Brian!

 

Sorry for your loss.



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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 11:53 PM

So sorry for your loss.

 

it's a great picture & a wonderful find! Wonder how many times this scene played out, and how many pictures exist of similar moments across the world between 78-82?? 



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 1:00 AM

AtariBrian,

Here is a nice color-corrected, photoshopped version.

I hope you like...

Corrected.jpg



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 7:05 AM

Nice picture. I don't think I have any pics of me opening presents BITD.

 

Sorry for your loss.



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 10:23 AM

So sorry for your loss.

 

Thanks for sharing that picture with us. Definitely a window into happier, more innocent times. It's great that you have this!



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 3:41 PM

I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. But so glad that you found the picture - what a treasure!

 

And so... much... shag... carpet! :D



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 3:45 PM

I'm very sorry to hear about your mom. But so glad that you found the picture - what a treasure!

 

And so... much... shag... carpet! :D

 

Super detrimental to Intellivision's and Astrocade's. The VCS ate shag carpet for breakfast as we continued to play all through the day and all through the night!     :lol:



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 5:34 PM

AtariBrian,

Here is a nice color-corrected, photoshopped version.

I hope you like...

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Awesome iesposta ! Thanks for the kind words guys . It absolutely is a treasure to find this especially considering I did not even remember this photo was taken . I will cherish this photo forever .  RIP Mom and Whiskers !



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 8:14 PM

Sweet photo. So sorry about your Mother.



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Posted Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:39 AM

Sorry to hear about your mother. I have a similar story. Three happy kids, I being one of them, got to share a new 2600 on a Chiristmas 1980's too. I tried to sell it about 20 years ago. My Dad drove 60 miles, half distance from where I live, to buy it back from me. I got it back when he passed four year ago. I still call it "Dad's Atari" to honor that memory. I consider it a family heirloom now. It's a four switch woody 2600 with a recent AV mod from electronicsentimentalities.com.

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Posted Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:23 AM

Brian,
So sorry for your loss of your mom - my sincere condolences to you and your family. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photo - make an extra copy and keep the original in a nice frame and treasure it!
Joe

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Posted Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:32 AM

Sorry for your loss. That is a great photo!! I have almost no Christmas pictures as very few cameras back then in my family till the mid to late 80s. I think my grandma had a poloroid in the early 80s.

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Posted Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:02 AM

I'm sorry about your Mom.

 

Very neat picture and iesposta did a great job fixing it up.



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Posted Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:48 AM

My deepest sympathies Brian.  Glad you could find a bright spot with that picture.



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Posted Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:50 AM

And on that day is when my obsession for the game Adventure began  :)



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Posted Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:29 PM

Very sorry for your loss, Brian.  I dread the day my mom passes.  :-(



#24 BillyHW ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:31 PM

Atari in 1980 would have been very cool.

 

I don't remember when we got our Coleco and NES exactly.

 

I do remember exactly when I got my SNES, because it was the first month is was available.  Best money I ever spent.



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Posted Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:33 PM

Sorry to hear about you Moms passing and thanks for sharing the pic of Happier times :)






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