Old Album 11 coming soon

Old Photo Album #11 is coming this weekend.  This one has been a real challenge.  I have spent almost every free moment I’ve had this week just scanning, cropping, editing and filtering these photographs.   This album is (or I should say WAS…read on) filled with mostly black & white, very very old photos, some of which have faded almost completely to white.  They kind of turn a ghostly grey shade, with an almost invisible image on the paper.  Luckily, applying a few filters pulls much of the photo back, restoring it enough to be recognizable.  That is, if you know the people or places in the photo already.  And, for many of these, this has been another part of this album’s challenge–trying to identify everyone.  You’ll find plenty of photos titled “unknown” in this album.  There were so many, in fact, that halfway through scanning the album I decided to go the extra mile on this one and fully disassemble the album to get to the backs of each of the photos, hoping there are written names and details on them identifying everyone.  That turned out to be the case in about 1/2 of the photos, so it helped quite a bit, but left me with a ruined album. The originals are mostly destroyed.  Peeling them off the sheets ripped many of them apart.  I figured this might happen, which is why I made sure I had good scans of every photo before I attempted this.

So, at this point the album is at just over 200 photos in size, with still probably a couple dozen or so that are still “unknown”.  Most others had some writing on them, so I added that to the captions, as well as filling in my own details from memory whenever it worked for me.  Some of the photos are only about 1/2 the size of wallet-sized, so they can be pretty tiny.  I have about 10 more double-sided pages to edit and save, and the amount of photos on a page varies a lot from 2 or 3 bigger photos to 10 or more small ones, so there may be 300+ photos in the album by the time I’m done.

I should be able to complete it this weekend though, and get everything posted.  So, as I’ve asked in the past, if you know anyone in them that I haven’t already identified in the titles, please add a comment to the photo.

Old Photo Album #9

Old Photo Album #9
Old Photo Album #9

I just uploaded Old Photo Album #9.  84 photos in this set.  Includes Harold, Donna, Beth, Penny Clifford, Clayton, Paul, Paula, Karen and one of her exes (Bert) and many others.  Also includes a few photos of Rex and Prince, two of the dogs we had.

It’s a little easier for me to scan a whole album now, so you should be seeing many more of these old photos from me real soon.  I can insert a flash drive in my MFP and scan whole album pages directly to the flash drive, so I don’t have to leave the scanner for each photo or each page any more.  Then I move the flash drive to the PC and process all of the pages at once.


4 AliensWe went to see “Paul” this weekend, and as they say, “There’s a app for that!”  Kevin “alienated” all four of us just for the occasion.  Yes, I’m a bad dad, taking 13-year-olds to see an R-rated movie.  We really enjoyed it though.  It explained a lot about Area 51 and what’s been going on there, and even revealed how Steve Spielberg got a lot of his ideas for “Close Encounters” and ET!  There were so many jokes and references to old movies and history, that I’m not even sure the kids caught or even understood half of them.

The Lost Room

Kevin and I watched an excellent mini-series from Netflix this past week.  It’s called “The Lost Room”.  It’s on two discs.  Here’s the description of it from Wikipedia:

The Lost Room is a science fiction television miniseries that aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items from that room which possess unusual powers. The show’s protagonist, Joe Miller, is searching for these objects to rescue his daughter, Anna, who has disappeared inside the Room. Once a typical room at a 1960s motel along U.S. Route 66, the Lost Room exists outside of normal time and space since 1961, when what is only referred to as “the Event” took place.

It was an excellent movie.  It’s one of those movies you want to watch again, and when you do, you put together even more pieces of the puzzle and it makes even more sense, making it just as enjoyable the second time around.  I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.