San Jose Back in the Day: Lou’s Donuts

Lou’s Donuts (closed) Downtown San Jose contact sheet

My dad Hans Halberstadt was kind enough to loan me his fancy scanner. And I’ve been going through some old negatives. I found a whole roll of 120 of the old Lou’s Donuts original location at 772 East Santa Clara (across from the old hospital building) soon after it shuttered.

Growing up in downtown San Jose in the 1970’s and 1980’s Lou’s Donuts was a staple.

As I recall they moved to make way for the Walgreen’s that now fills that space. Briefly there was a Lou’s Donut “Museum” as I recall, presumably at the location noted on the window (1261 East Santa Clara.)

Mem-o-ries!

Adding Some Color to Old Technology

I’ve got all these cool old analogue items around me. Truth is I’m something of a hoarder- especially when it comes to gadgets and tech stuff.

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Clear Audio Cassette

At some point recently I thought it would be fun to plop some of my old cassettes with clear plastic cases on a light table.

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Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect from Double Polarization

Then add a little rainbow effect with double polarization.

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Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect from Double Polarization (variation 2)

And if that wasn’t enough- I used a yellow-blue polarizer for following effects (see two photos below.)

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Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect and Warm Color Background due to Double Polarization and Yellow Blue Polarizing Filter
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Clear Audio Cassette with Rainbow Effect and Warm Color Background due to Double Polarization and Yellow Blue Polarizing Filter