Sunday, February 10, 2008

My New Toy

Gettysburg battlefield, a photo I took about 30 years ago. . .read on.


Every year, as my birthday approaches, my husband asks--what do you want for your birthday. Sometimes he has an idea, sometimes I do, and sometimes I am at a loss. I was sort of at a loss this year, until I suddenly thought--I want a new toy.

Here it is.

It is a scanner that can convert slides to digital images. Whoooppeeee! Now I can take all those slide trays I have in the basement, with photos from 20, 30 or maybe even 40 years ago, and started scanning them.

Then I can start posting them. This evening, my husband warned our daughter. But I promise to be very judicious--giving careful loving thought and promising to post nothing embarrassing to anyone.

So, here are a few early samples.


Jeremy, Johanna & Geoffrey (our son)





Four generations--my father-in-law, his father, my husband, & our son (c. 1975)






Our son & me--two shore "birds"


Our son, Geoffrey

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All the photos here are at least 30 years (or very nearly). Isn't technology wonderful!?!

17 comments:

NatureWoman said...

Have fun digitizing your slides!

Beverly said...

That's wonderful. I have a few trays myself, and I bought a scanner that is supposed to do the job, but I haven't figured it out. There must be some button I'm not pushing right.

I have scads of slides from Haiti that I would love to post...maybe tomorrow...LOL

Grace, Every Day said...

Good for you - and happy birthday! The quality of the photos is stunning! I love taking a peek into the past like this...

JeanMac said...

Oh, what a wonderful thing - I love your pics! Pls post lots more!

Anonymous said...

I had a mischievous thought or suggestion. I won't post it now though.
Love, Father "C"

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

What a wonderful device. didn't know their was such a thing. I have slides i would like to have more accessible.

I hope you find your slides in good condition. I recently asked my sister to bring her slides of her travels across Afghanistan and Iran back in 1965 on her round the world trip. They were quite faded, how disappointing! She has about 35oo slides of her trip which have been stored all these years.

NE/ME said...

Thank you for sharing - loved the pictures. The color in slides is usually so true and crisp - the digitization captured that.

Mary said...

Donna, they are beautiful. Wow. I want one of those scanners.

Your children will enjoy this so much! But not as much as you.

Thanks to your husband for a wonderful gift.

mon@rch said...

Happy Birthday and great new toy! hmm, guess we will not be seeing you blogging much the next few weeks! But then again you will have many great memories to share once your done scanning!

Pam said...

Wow, the pictures look like they were taken yesterday. This is going to be fun.

nina said...

What a wonderful present--to be able to visit those memories so easily.

I'm sure you will treat us with all sorts of family stories!

Climenheise said...

You'll have to delve into Dad's slides. Maybe that's the mischievous thought he had: who knows!

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Happy Birthday Donna...and Happy day for us, your readers. we get to see the pictures..ooooh I can hardly wait..isn't it amazing how great those old photos are...I never knew there was such a thing to use old slides. Thanks for visiting me at my other site. I think I am on that site now... anyway it is ocean.

Ginnie said...

What a great gift! When is your birthday? Mine is this Friday, the 15th and I wonder if you are an Aquarian too? I really don't believe all that stuff but always like Feb. babies!
PS: I answered your query about copyright laws on my blog.

Anonymous said...

It's only 11:19 so I still have time to wish you Happy Birthday, Donna, on your very birthday. What a sweet surprise to see my kids on your blog. I sent the copy you sent me to Jermey and Johanna. Johanna wrote back "That's hilarious!" I haven't had any comments from Jeremy. Lots of love and good wishes on your head! E.

dguzman said...

I got a new scanner as well (one of those scanner/printer/carwash/deathray combos) for Christmas, but all the old photos are at my mom's!

Cathy said...

OK. I've GOT to have one of these. I, too, have scads of slides that are languishing in trays. Yes. Technology is wonderful.