When I was 13 or 14 (60 years ago!) I had a darkroom and with the help of my father, I built an enlarger. It worked great and I decided to get into color printing and slides. I could not afford color sensitive paper and developing chemicals for printing color but I found a store that sold film, paper and chemicals from a type of film that was obsolete (It was last used during the 2nd WW). I can't remember the name of it or details of the process, but it did work. It was a film and to get a negative you had to make a contact print to film. I also used to develop modern (for the time) Kodak positive (slide) and negative film (prints) and did a few weddings when I was a bit older. I mounted all the transparencies in sealed glass and had a light viewer.
When I moved to Canada I sent all that stuff by sea. The dockers unloading the ship dropped it over board onto the dock. They called me to come and pick up my stuff. By the time I got there, all my photography gear had been stolen! That is, the bits that were not broken. I was covered by insurance, but insurance does not cover the memories.
Fortunately I had taken my camera (A 1953 Voigtlander Vito B + a Zeiss Ikon meter) on the plane with me. and I still have them, in working order. But there is no way that I am getting back into developing film. You just can't beat digital.
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