SLIDE SCANNING


If we go back to the beginning of story telling mankind, the first writings were preceded by pictures scraped and drawn on cave walls with bone and charcoal.  These were the first storytellers, of the hunt, of the strange beasts, of victories and life.  Some of these drawings were incredibly accurate.

We may have evolved a millennium in time but we still have stories to tell and those stories have been portrayed for the past century on walls just like the cavemen did only we used slides, a screen and a Kodak projector.  And in some cases an unwilling audience asking the battle cry of the bored,  “Are we done yet”.

Now with the digital era, the old projector, the heat from it, and if it’s broke thats a permanent thing as KODAK is gone, only the company franchising its name is alive.

The older social events like the Kodak Carousel slide show that showcased memories are not as common anymore.  Simply put, they were a lot of work, dragging out the projector, if it still worked, out of the closet, basement, or worse the attic where those stored slides were triggers for a spontaneous combustion. Your attic in Florida hits 140-150 degrees and another twenty or thirty can lite up.

Sorting was a pain you got to see the good the bad and the ugly, heat up the whole room blowing dust laden air all over the place, and when the bulb cracks going crazy trying to find an overpriced bulb.  As much as 35.00 dollars and it will crack too.  And the ultimate insult when the solenoid goes, you have a useless piece of machinery.

Many family, career, events, weddings, births, successes and failures, are important to be passed down to the next generation and when these slides are updated and are on DVD’s, they can be passed down to all siblings, friends and future generations to operate with the newer TV’s Smartphones, Tablets and Computers, and any future digital age equipment.  

Frankly, it’s a pain in the butt, boring, and no one really wants to help, and many just dumped those memories on the next of kin who really didn’t know many of the people in the pictures and can care less. 

Other remedies consisted  of the Plan A, the local refuse pile, Plan B resigned to a closet somewhere or worse the dreaded basement, with it’s moldy old environment and moisture which causes the slides to separate, degauss or other denigrate by little creatures ending with the memories returning to Plan A.

Meanwhile, the legion of disaster, Father Time, Mother Nature and Sir Murphy-Laws control the scenario.  The slides are deteriorating and so is the projector.

I have a solution, we will digitize all those slides so that they will work on smart phones websites, your TV, you name it and then you can pitch the trays and slides, we’ll even pitch them for you and give you a credit for the carousels.


Slide Scanning
(Family and other slide material transferred and digitized) 

INDIVIDUAL NEGATIVES© Alan Jacobson 2017