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Mild [Jan. 15th, 2011|05:51 pm]
It turned almost warm today, coming within a degree or two of the temperature I keep the house. A couple of degrees warmer and I'd have been able to air the place out. That isn't going to happen for at least the next several days, though. Tomorrow there might even be a bit more rain. This evening there were just enough clouds to provide a lurid, orange sunset, but more will gather tonight. It should be clear for the first full moon of the year on Wednesday. I get a full moon for my birthday!

I finally found the key to mom's trunk, where she kept various items of personal memorabilia such as newspaper clippings, documents, school photos, greeting cards— the usual hodgepodge of stuff people accumulate. Among other things I found a program for a high school play that one of my aunts was in in 1938. There was also a newspaper clipping about my dad's old girlfriend, from before he met my mom. Why my mom clipped that out and kept it I have no idea. She was odd like that.

But the most interesting thing I found was a box stuffed with envelopes full of old photo negatives. I thought the negatives to mom's photos were long gone, but there they were. Most of them are of the 6 cm square format, from 120 or 620 film. Many of them are probably for photos of which there are no prints. Now I have more reasons to get a scanner, but it will have to be one that scans medium format negatives. It's bound to take a long time to digitize that many negatives, too. There must be several hundred of them. I'm going to have to start shopping for a scanner before I run out of spare cash. Within a few months I won't be able to afford one.

[User Picture]From: zyzyly
2011-01-16 02:59 am (UTC)
a treasure chest!

I hope you will post some of the images when you are able to scan them in and look them over.

I have a big box of similar negatives from my grandparents, but have never really looked inside.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2011-01-17 08:48 am (UTC)
I've got a nephew on the lookout for a decent scanner. I already had a load of my own photos I wanted to scan, plus photos of my mom's for which I know there are no negatives (mostly prints she'd gotten from other family members over the decades.) She gave a way many prints of her own photos, and I never expected to see any of them again. Now that I know her negatives still exist, I'm eager to discover if some things that I vaguely recall are among them.
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