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Favorite Family Photos

  1. Jul 13, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    I am currently digitizing sixty years of family photo slides [I should say over thirty years worth going back over sixty years]. What a treat! My parents really have no idea what is going on. I plan to give them digitized copies in a digital photo frame with all sixty years included! What I'm not going to tell them is how long it will take to cycle through all of the photos. :biggrin: I wonder how long they will last upon the first viewing. They really have no concept of memory capacity these days, so it should come as quite a surprise to see all of those slides on that tiny little SD chip.

    One that I thought worth shaing was this picture of my mom and dad's car when I was just a little seeker. Isn't that about the ugliest car you have ever seen?!?!?! :rofl:

    http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/3143/459431r1055.jpg [Broken]
     
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    I kinda like the way old cars look. New cars all seem to look so much alike, they're sort of boring.
     
  4. Jul 13, 2009 #3
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    It's not often you see such an old photo with such high quality. Is that the seventies? Or earlier?
     
  5. Jul 13, 2009 #4

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    That is from 1959! Yes, after all of these years, the slides have held up exrememly well. I have some scenic shots that look like they could have been taken yesterday. For example:
    http://img200.imageshack.us/img200/7179/459431r12626.jpg [Broken]

    But, I was hoping that other members may have some family photos to share.
     
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  6. Jul 13, 2009 #5

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    :surprised

    Unbelievable.

    I mean photo quality :wink:
     
  7. Jul 13, 2009 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    Indeed! You can imagine how pleased I was with the results. Mom and dad are going to freak when they see this.

    Btw, dad took all of these using a camera that he bought in Japan during the US occupation.
     
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  8. Jul 13, 2009 #7
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    My Father in the 1960's when my Granny told him to catch the turkey, for Thanksgiving the next day.
     
  9. Jul 13, 2009 #8

    Ivan Seeking

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    Did he catch it?
     
  10. Jul 13, 2009 #9

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    http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/3019/familyxud.jpg [Broken]

    A (poor quality) picture (from left to right) of one of my sisters, one of my brothers, and me taken in the 60s from the side of the gravel road on which we lived. The picture was probably taken by my oldest brother using an old Brownie,

    http://www.brownie-camera.com/.
     
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  11. Jul 13, 2009 #10
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    Ivan.. you're kidding right? That car is amazing! But not as amazing as the one right behind it!

    All of these pictures are great guys. Today's pictures, much like today's cars, all look the same to me. There is something that is so real about old pictures. They are so textured. I know that life looked the same as it does now (i.e., the grass was the same green and the sky the same blue)... but pictures make it seem like it was so different. Know what I mean?
     
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  12. Jul 13, 2009 #11

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    mkb06.jpg

    View from my window, late seventies.

    Edit: hm, that's not a family photo. So here is my Dad, probably a few years earlier:

    mkb04.jpg
     
  13. Jul 13, 2009 #12
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    I think slides tend to be hirer quality.
     
  14. Jul 13, 2009 #13
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    Ivan, that looks like a screen capture from Mad Men ;)

    I'll join the party. My gramp doing some fieldwork,

    http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/7629/fieldwork.jpg [Broken]
     
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  15. Jul 13, 2009 #14
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    It was 1960; the world hadn't turned colour yet.

    wedding2.jpg

    Edited to add: So my parents got married in black and white.
     
  16. Jul 13, 2009 #15

    Ivan Seeking

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    Heh, not at that resolution!

    Just out of curiosity, can anyone name that car - make and model?
     
  17. Jul 13, 2009 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    I take it you were a colored child?
     
  18. Jul 13, 2009 #17

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    Ivan, wouldn't that be 'coloured' child? :biggrin:
     
  19. Jul 13, 2009 #18

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    Wow, how cool is that...your father had Harry Potter glasses! :biggrin:
     
  20. Jul 13, 2009 #19
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    See? Tsu is paying attention. :biggrin:

    Harry Potter didn't have a spiffy brush cut to go with his glasses, though. :wink:
     
  21. Jul 13, 2009 #20
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    Yep that was back in the day when a person could recognise the make of a car by just seeing a tail light or fender.

    I love the great pics that can be made from old slides.
     
  22. Jul 14, 2009 #21

    Ivan Seeking

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  23. Jul 14, 2009 #22
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    Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that Harry Potter has GeorginaS' father glasses? Harry Potter ripped them off! You might be looking at a big pay day.
     
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    The slides preserve the images incredibly well, don't they Ivan?

    You decided to change the thread name? I realised I wasn't being very phunny with my photo.

    Your project is a great idea. I sent my parents one of those digital picture frames for Christmas along with a compilation of scanned photos on a memory stick. My father even figured out how it worked without asking me. It's handy for them too because they don't have a computer so they can review their camera images off of its memory card on a larger screen than the one on the camera.

    Family albums and photos are the best. Now you've got me thinking that I ought to digitise more of mine. I have some truly oldie goldies of great grandparents as children that are beginning to crumble. Digitise and even re-printing is probably a good plan.

    But! I'll bet your folks will be thrilled with your efforts.
     
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    Double post. Gack! The forum's phunny this morning. My apologies.
     
  26. Jul 19, 2009 #25

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