Sunday, January 15, 2012

Found Treasures

For six months back in 1985 I used slide film in my camera.  It didn't take me long to realize that I prefer photographs and the slides, after being looked at once or twice, were stored away in some forgotten corner of the house.  We've moved a lot since then and somehow they always managed to be included in the moves.  I found them again last fall. 

Then, for Christmas, Lloyd gave me a little gadget that can convert slides and negative film to jpeg files.  It hooks into a usb port on my computer.  I slide the slide holder through the slot, follow the on screen instructions and in 2 seconds my slide is a jpeg file that I can edit and print.  So much cheaper than taking them to a developer to get done.

I've been having such fun getting these slides into a usable form and reliving the memories the pictures bring back.    Here's a sampling:

Wendy's family - 1985
Randy, Jason, Hilary, Wendy
Megan, Meredith

Lloyd and I and the four oldest kids, Jenny, Amy, Sara, Rob, in Winnipeg - August 1985

I don't know where this one came from - must have been among
the pictures I collected from Mum's stuff
Our Family - August 1967 - Salt Lake City
Dad, Me, Mum, Wendy and Ken

Christmas 1985

Mary's 6th birthday, December 4, 1985

And that's just some of them.  I'm going to keep looking for slides among my stash, but I don't think I'll find too many more.

So, are you a slide taker or a photo saver? 



Chatty Crone said...

I have very few slides, lots of pictures, and now on the computer.

Personally I like pictures - that I can see and that I can go to any time I want.


I forgot to tell you that I enjoyed your pictures.

Flora said...

We never took slides...i think we were at the end of that time.. I have pictures and more slides!

Bouncin Barb said...

Definitely pictures. I have a handful of slides of my son when he was a baby. Someone took them and gave them to me. They do get forgotten unfortunately. Great pictures you have!!

RoeH said...

Don't you just love old photos, though!

Holly said...

I haven't seen slides since my Grandpa used to make them. Love old pics!

Mickey said...

I do love old photos! These are very good quality! What a neat little gadget!


I've been sick. I'm feeling a little better now, so I thought I'd check in to see what's going on with you. Love your old photos and slides. Sounds like a neat contraption to transfer them. We have lots of VHS tapes from our camcorders we need to transfer. But we lost the box of tapes? Have fun with your trip down memory lane. Take care.

Danielle - said...

I love finding old pictures .. it's like a treasure hunt :)

I'm glad to have technology to transfer those old film negatives into jpegs.

It reminds me of the contraption my husband wants, transfers old records into cd's/mp3's.

Now if he gets that for records .. I can get this for those tons of old negatives :)

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm sure that somewhere packed away in my treasures there are lots of slides too. It seems to have been a popular thing to do at the time. I love that there is something that will convert them without having to take them someplace else. I'll have to look into that one. It's wonderful to come across some old pictures like yours and remember the good times they represent.

Granny Annie said...

That picture of your dad makes me swoon. What a handsome fellow! What was his work that made him so muscle bound?

How wonderful to save your old slides! Your husband found a perfect gift.

Pat MacKenzie said...

In case anyone's interested, the machine was purchased at Staples for around $80 Cdn. and is called a Film, Slide & Photo Converter by Innovative Technologies.

Thisisme. said...

Hi Pat. What a wonderful gadget that is, to be able to convert all your old slides and put them onto your computer. A very thoughtful gift as well. You must have had great fun seeing all these photos again!

Anonymous said...

I have two lots of slides, taken on trips to New Zealand and Houston in 2001 ...... I'm waiting for the price of the gadget coming down a bit - or finding a friend who has one that I can borrow!

LaelShine said...

I'm a photo gal but mine are all on the PC now:) I have about 18 yrs worth of photos to organize into something nice. Both from the PC and my photo books.

Magpie said...

What a wonderful gift to receive! I always get a giggle out of walking down memory lane like this. I sometimes look at myself and wonder who let me out of the house looking like that? :)

Anonymous said...

That is a good picture of Grand-dad...and I'll need a copy of my Annie dress! Cant wait to see more:) - Mary

Sush said...

Treasures indeed..I love pouring over old family pictures. What fun and what a cute cake for Mary's birthday in '85.

Sara said...

I have some old slides from a great uncle...this looks like a great gadget to have!