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March 22, 2007

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I found a pile of old photo negatives in the garbage this afternoon, here is one from the time of steam engines and steel wheels. The negative is on a piece of acetate that is now peeling. I inverted from negative to positive, and will get a friend to develop the negative for me soon.

5 Comments

  1. What a find! How large were the negs?

    Comment by J Landry — March 23, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

  2. This one is about 4 x 6, pretty big. most of the others were 2 x 3 and more pedestrian, shots of houses from the 1950’s around San Francisco. There are a few portraits from turn of 19th century that were big as well.

    I havent tried with this one, but I was able to peel the firm acetate away from the tissue paper thin negative without tearing it, so I think I will be able to get this one printed without those lines in it.

    Send me your address and I’ll mail you a few to play with.

    Comment by jon — March 23, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  3. Without knowing for sure, I’m going to guess this is a borax mining operation. A steam tractor pulling loads from the desert back to the processing plant. Anyone have a better guess? Once I get it developed it might be easy to figure out.

    Comment by jon — March 23, 2007 @ 3:00 pm

  4. I dunno, Jon, it kind of looks like the Thunder Mountain ride at Disney World.

    Now, what’s your excuse for rummaging through the garbage?

    Comment by Lyle_s — March 23, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

  5. I’d go with the 1880 Borax or Silver mining ops in Nevada. I believe my grandpappy shoveled coal into the furnace when he was a pup. He used to sit me on his knee and tell me tales about killing Indians and shipping borax cakes north to the Mormons. He claimed he had an affair with a chink laundry woman near Reno. But you know how old people tend to exaggerate.

    Comment by Oggy — March 27, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

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