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Jess Knows Best
Yesterday I came across these two:
These were taken in August 1965 during a family trip to the beach. Completely intrigued with the story of how the ship got to this locale, I looked it up on Wikipedia. Here is what I found:
Here’s how the SS Catala looked in the years after the shipwreck:
We're approaching an age where this preservation going forward won't be much of an issue. Our future generations will all have digital cameras in hand by age 10 (my son already has our old one), and the ability to create websites on any topic they wish. The preservation will be built into their culture’s subconscious.
Unfortunately, we're on the edge of losing our grandparents' history for good. Our parents keep their parents’ slides in the attic because they don’t know what else to do with them. They don’t understand that a $200 scanner would help them to preserve those memories forever, and a lot of times, they wouldn’t feel capable of taking on the task if they did.
I've got boxes of slides from my mom from the following dates: March 65, April 65, May 65, June 65, August 65, December 65, January 67, July 67, and one from 1971. In total, that's probably 350 photos? I want to know what happened to the rest! Obviously this was a family that wasn't afraid to take about 40 photos a month and get them developed, so I refuse to believe there aren't more somewhere. I want to call everyone in my family and insist that they produce! Now!
So this week, I ask you to do the same. Track down all the slides or negatives in your parents’ attics and get to work. Google has released Picasa 3, which includes easy-to-use touch-up tools for removing scratches and blemishes. The only cost to you will be for the scanner. Who knows, maybe your parents will help you get one if it means you’ll be paying them back with your work.
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