Merry Christmas to You!

Marvel Farm035

Brewer family Christmas from the 1950s. Center is Katharine “Pat” Brewer and George S Brewer, my grandparents. Surrounding them are family from the Erie, PA area. I just love how Gram is holding a doll and makes it look like she’s just part of the family. That sort of captures Gram’s spirit. This photograph was taken at their home at 1216 West 9th Street and is a Kodak color slide. I scanned the slide using an Epson Perfection 4870 flatbed scanner. Scanning slides can be difficult because of the slide frame and “in the old days” this particular scanner had a great interface to detect and scan slides. Unfortunately, the drivers for this scanner are outdated and don’t work with the latest versions of the Mac OS, so I use the built in interface. It doesn’t have as many features and I can’t scan slides easily. While the scanner is nearly ten years old, it is a workhorse for standard images that can go on the glass, so I’ll keep using it until it quits!

We have certainly had quite a lot of distractions around here this year! I realized I haven’t blogged very much at all except for on my recipe site, and even there I took a month long break. The photos are in my hot little hands, I just haven’t made many opportunities to write and post, but I hope you will stick it out and come back for some really fascinating images. I found some great CdVs of national costumes, some hand painted images, and some that I wonder if they were nuns. Wow!

Until then, I wish you the very best during the holiday season, no matter what you celebrate!


I know that guy!

This is a scan of a slide made on Kodak film in the 1960s. This is my dad! I can’t say that he enjoyed horseback riding because in my entire life I never heard him once mention it. This photo was taken at the old family farm, the one I mentioned recently where he learned to drive the tractor when he was 8 years old. :-) One thing I love about these old slides is the deep and rich colors.

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