In what appear to be some of Kodak’s most trying times, The New York Times Lens blog has given us a beautiful tribute to happier days around Rochester. This great gallery of images from the early 20th century is filled with award-winning snapshots from Kodak’s formative years. These images were submitted to contests hosted by "Big Yellow" and they serve not only to showcase life from a different era, but just how amazing even a snapshot photograph—made with the most rudimentary films in rudimentary cameras—can be. And that is a testament to the real power of a photograph: it’s not about the gear that made it, but the vision of the photographer along with the magic of the moment and the technique (which, of course, does include the equipment). If these folks can do it, we can do it.