We have an intern working with us this summer who has been watching a lot of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As she was processing through some sports photos, we asked her to share a little bit about what she has been working on. Here's her story: My name is Kendall Barksdale. I am a junior at Clark Atlanta University and I intern in the Coca-Cola Archives. As an archives intern, it is my job to preserve the history of Coca-Cola by finding each document, picture, slide, and many other artifacts a deserving and fitting home based on the category, time period, and historical significance. Here is a picture of me at work: I have been watching the London 2012 Olympics and couldn’t help but think about an interesting photo that I recently found while rehousing some pictures in the archives. The picture is of a 1914 basketball team advertising Coca-Cola, even on the basketball. It is one of my favorite archive pieces because I love basketball and this photo captured my eyes as soon as I saw it. Here is the artifact I am referring to: I collect Coca-Cola items as well. One of my personal archives include a 1999 Motorized Coca-Cola camera that is battery operated and requires Fuji film. My grandmother gave it to me when I was only 7 years old, much too young to know about photography. As a result, it still has 20 more pictures left on the film. My grandmother passed away four years ago so I keep this Coca-Cola camera in memory of her and as an archive.
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