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3D Stereo Slides
A client wanted help with her wedding slides. In 1953, her photographer took lots of photos, but only created slides. These are specialty slides, 3D Stereo slides. Looking at them requires a special viewer, like a pair of binoculars. Easy to view for one person, sharing them with others involves passing the viewer. When someone has a question even more passing takes place, “who’s standing left, right, etc”; this can get very cumbersome. Consequently she has not shared them very often with her children or grandchildren.
No problem, I’ll scan the slides, make any necessary restorations then create a photobook. I had not worked with 3D slides before, but I’m up for the challenge.
Here’s the technical information: these 3D slides were very different from the usual 2” x 2” white cardboard with a piece of positive film mounted inside. These resembled microscope slides; two pieces of film (with the same image) mounted on either side of the slide encased in glass.
Original – Front Original - Back
The good news: I was able to scan through the glass, creating a digital image. I used these digital images to create her photo book.
Original Scan Restored
I remember watching a television show called Kids Say the Darnedest things. Actually this was a segment during Art Linkletter’s House Party (1952 – 1969), where he interview children between the ages of five and ten. Their innocence led to answers that were honest and often very funny.
This type of literal communication is the reason for preserving a child’s handwritten note. The six year old author’s spelling and penmanship makes this even more special.
Here’s another note from a Kindergarten student.
Did you save any writings from your childhood?
Contact me for more information on preserving your writings.
A couple of images come to mind: A small square of white cardboard with a piece of film in the middle; carousels filled with slides snapped on top of the projector and the distinctive sound as the carousel was advanced to the next slide. The little picture appeared bigger than life on the screen standing tall at the front of the room. Sometimes we took turns walking up to the screen to take a closer look. Almost jumping into the photo and reliving that special moment.
ORIGINAL SLIDE CAROUSEL
What to do with the stacks of carousels collecting dust? I don’t even own a projector or screen to view them.
Scanning and restoring the images allows for easy sharing.
Original Image Restored Image
A few years ago I was helping my parents prepare their house for sale. It was time for them to downsize. The four bedroom house that I grew up in was now too big. My childhood home was going to become someone else’s home.
There are so many memories within those walls: My sisters and I playing with our “Barbies”, the ballets and plays we performed for our parents in the living room, cooking Mom breakfast in bed for her birthday, Thanksgiving dinners, piano lessons, watching home movies, the list seems endless.
While we were cleaning, we took a break and looked through all our family photo albums. Starting with the black and white baby photos, family vacations, high school prom photos (what was that guys’ name), weddings and now grandchildren.
But wait – where are all the photos of my parents’ childhood? Finding a couple of boxes buried within a closet revealed a treasure. Photo albums and lots of loose pictures of my parents as children – WOW!
I took them home and sorted through them making a pile for each decade. I guessed the age of Mom and Dad to help with the sorting. I recognized Mom and Dad, but I still needed help identifying the other people. The next time I visited my parents I asked the all important questions: who, what, where, when as well as anything else they could remember about each photo. I got some wonderful background stories, even stories I had never heard before.
A decision needed to be made: what to do with all these photos and the information I was blessed to learn. If we put everything back in the boxes (although it’s much neater now) will someone take the time to pull it all out and look at it. Probably not.
I saw such enjoyment in my parents faces as they told their stories and “relived” all those memories. A light bulb went on – I would give them the gift of family memories in the form of a photo book. After all I know how to bring faded photos back to life.
I happily took on this project, but kept it a surprise. Not only would their photos be preserved, protected and easy to look at, these photo books would also be a gift to our entire family. What a priceless moment when I presented the photo books to them. The look of joy on each of their faces was an extra gift to me.
You too can give this gift. Gather your photos, get the details about each picture and transform them into a photo book. I would be happy to turn your memories into pages of sentiment.