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Old 06-11-2011   #1
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I found treasure!!!

I was helping my wife today with some long overdue cleaning in our garage and I found treasure - a 3" binder with negatives and contact sheets from my days as a high school photographer (1977 - 1979).

I am so excited I can't stand it. I had given these up as lost many years ago. Instead they were tucked away in a box in the garage. There are a ton of kodachrome slides and MF negatives from those days.

I just wanted to share with folks that could appreciate what it means to recover that sort of thing. If there is anything worth sharing, I will post some pics - it will take some time to go through and scan things. I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend also...
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wow that would be exactly like finding gold! cant wait to see some scans of them
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Old 06-11-2011   #3
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I know for certain I'll never be able to do that...I'm sure I've thrown out most of my old high school stuff..What I do have is very little and I know where they're at...
I do have some, if not all, of the first E-6 slides I did in high school...
I would love to see how I've changed/improved since then...

Please post the ones you like...we're about the same age so it would be neat to revisit the past even if it's yours...
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Makes me wonder also if thirty years from now someone will be as excited about finding an old hard drive with forgotten images on it. There was a lot of tactile pleasure in holding those old negatives.
One old pic I looked at was of Chuck Norris - he was opening a karate studio in Houston back around '80-'81; my daughter didn't even know who he was. Can you believe it?
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Makes me wonder also if thirty years from now someone will be as excited about finding an old hard drive with forgotten images on it. There was a lot of tactile pleasure in holding those old negatives.
One old pic I looked at was of Chuck Norris - he was opening a karate studio in Houston back around '80-'81; my daughter didn't even know who he was. Can you believe it?
Pllleeeaaase post that pic!
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cool! Looking forward to seeing some of these images.

re hard drives 30 years from now, the question isn't so much whether anyone would be excited to find one or even interested, but rather, if they were interested, would they be able to access any of the files? reminds me of when CDs first came out and the marketing hype was "perfect sound forever." The sound wasn't perfect then, won't ever be (nothing is quite so perfect as live music) and the forever part has turned out rather disappointing as the archival properties of the disks turned out to have shorter longevity than vinyl. I can go to a museum to see hundred plus year-old photos. I'm not sure that digitally stored images have yet reached that level of [semi] permanence.
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I wasn't much into photography whilst at school - just had a box Brownie my father thad given me, but as soon as I started work in 1957 I bought my first camera - a Voigtlander Perkeo I that cost nearly two weeks wages. Only sold it a year ago when I just had to rationalise my "collection" to those I was actually using. Sentiment only goes so far!
I have all my "keeper" B&W negatives and slides from that time on - plus a few 'duds' as well! I also have my father's photo albums dating from around 1930 (but not negatives) and his 6x4.5 colour slides taken on his Bessa I with the mask fitted. Many on Ferraniacolor or Agfachrome.
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Happy to hear your good news!

Just last week, I brought my sister's Point and Shoot to the film developing place to get new battery put in so that we can get the film out. She didn't know how long it'd been in there.

Turned out there were 18 out of 24 shots taken. I had it developed. When I picked up the photos, I was struck by the images of the man (Sam Needleman) who gave me the Minolta SRT201. Sam had passed away only last year but I hadn't seen him for at least 8 years. He and I never knew that I was going to discover film photography because of the Minolta he gave me, since I didn't start using it until after he died......

I don't know all his achievement in the photography world, except vaguely something about inventing a special way of film developing method for AGFA (?). I'm at once sad and happy that at least I'd found my way even if it took a while. Seeing and holding these pictures somehow gave me a chance to say Thanks for giving me a great start, Sam!
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That is a fantastic find! I am excited for you! can't wait to see some of those pictures!
I think you need to educate your daughter on the world of chuck norris, aka texas.
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