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  • Saving history


    Will Fastie

    By Will Fastie

    Nothing lasts forever. Or does it?

    The readership of this newsletter is old enough to have used, if not embraced, a host of analog technologies for documenting memories. Today we’re taking photos and videos using our omnipresent “phones,” but as recently as two decades ago magnetic tape and film were our primary tools.

    We know this to be true because in our attics, basements, and closets we have trays of 35mm and Instamatic (127) slides. We have strips of black-and-white negatives, and perhaps strips of color negatives. We have boxes of video tapes in Sony Video8, Hi8, Betamax, VHS, VHS-C, and the crossover format MiniDV. We have albums of printed photos. We have quarter-inch audio tapes, cassette tapes, and maybe even the elusive 8-track cartridge format. We may even have vinyl LPs, and older 45s and 78s.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (20.03.0, 2023-01-16).

  • How to digitize your 35mm slides (or, how I did it)


    Gary Oddi

    By Gary Oddi

    My first retirement project, nearly 20 years ago, was to digitize my 35mm slides — all 11,000 of them.

    I started with flatbed scanners, but they were too time-consuming and too frustrating to set up. Were the slides right side up? Did I have the emulsion side correctly positioned?

    Most of my slides were in Kodak carousels, and many more were in archival trays or plastic slide sheets. It was a pain in the neck to take them out individually, scan them, and put them back — and it took too much time. So, nothing happened. I’ll bet that’s a familiar story.

    Read the full story in our Plus Newsletter (19.40.0, 2022-10-03).