Some stuff from my Dad that he had tucked away in his dresser. None of us ever even knew he had a 8mm camera - but the camera was in the drawer, too. There might still be some unexposed/undeveloped film in the camera, but that will have to wait for my next trip down.
The 8mm film is going to a local camera place that has the equipment to scan frame by frame, clean the images up and put onto DVDs. This stuff is in terrible condition since it was stored badly for decades in a Florida house with no air conditioning. I'll discuss it with the technicians, but if they can get anything off of the film it will be a gain since no one alive has ever seen it before.
So far I have been able to get three rolls of 35mm negatives uncurled and into negative pages. It's far too curled to scan, so I am weighting the pages to flatten the film and hoping I can work with them in the future. What I can see of the images seem to be of my older sister as a baby in 1946, so we're talking nearly 70 year old negatives! I can identify some frames from the old prints we have of her as a baby - but we only have one or two of the images from that roll of film so it will be exciting to see what other pictures are on there.
The rest of the negatives are too tightly coiled to uncurl. I'm taking them to the camera place, too. Even though I have the technology to scan them, I don't have the equipment or supplies to uncurl them. I've researched on the internet suggestions for how to uncurl old film, but I think I will be better off letting the professionals work with this stuff. Even if all they do is get it flat enough for me to scan, that will make me happy.
One roll may be old nitrate film - it is very brittle and the edges are disintegrating. I'm scared to touch that one again.
There were several rolls of never opened film, both 35mm and some called Panchromatic on fairly wide spools. I'm not sure what size film that is. And there are also come rolls of each that seem to have been exposed but never developed. I'll see if I can get them developed and see if there is anything on them.
Another clue as to the possible dates of some of these things - under the 8mm reels were a lot of clippings of a trip my Dad as a Boy Scout took to the 1939 World's Fair. His entire troop and a Sea Scout troop traveled to Jacksonville, Florida, took a Coast Guard vessel to New York, arriving just as a German ship was escorted out of New York Harbor. This was just after Germany invaded Poland and Germany and the US broke off diplomatic ties. My Dad told us that out to sea the Scouts could see other ships waiting to escort the German one out of US waters.
A last clue is that none of this stuff seems to date to as recent as when I was born (1952). That year Dad started his own business and the family had to move out of the company owned mine town and into a house of their own. I suspect the birth of a third child on top of all of that stressed his finances and time so he didn't have money to develop the film or continue his photography.
The statue made by a Game of Thrones designer that had been part of a sculpture trail in Ireland was stolen by religious fanatics some time back. The damaged statue was found a couple of weeks ago!
23 February 2015 Last updated at 18:36 GMT
A 6 ft sculpture of a Celtic sea god that was stolen from Binevenagh mountain, near Limavady, in County Londonderry has been recovered by soldiers on a training exercise.
Manannán Mac Lir, which is made out of fibre glass and stainless steel, was stolen last month.
BBC News NI's Keiron Tourish reports.
No more to the printed story but there is a video at the link.
Season 2, Episode 6 - "A Stitch in Crime" (11 Feb. 1973). "A surgeon has an ingenious plan for murdering his partner in a research project, but a nurse catches onto the scheme."
Ah - Me-TV is running a tribute O Leonard Nimoy. They just started a Twilight Zone with him!
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