Like millions of others alive before digital cameras came along, I shot hundreds of film slides. Since almost no one owns a 35mm slide projector any more, I figured if I wanted people, especially my family, to be able to see those slides, I had better transfer them to digital images. I was delighted to learn that a 33mm slide scanner is available, and purchased one.
On the blog post I wrote about my grandson Benjamin going into the Air Force, I referred to my visits to some famous places in Europe while I was in the Army between 1954 and 1964. Risking the natural resistance to looking at other folks personal slides, I’m going to show you a few. That means it’s OK if you show me some of yours.
First of all, a look at your photographer.
This was taken by a 30th Army Band buddy at a small post (don’t remember the name) in the Bavarian Alps, where we had gone to play for a parade. Being the headquarters’ band for the Munich, Germany area, we played for a lot of small posts that had no band, which meant we made a lot of trips up some interesting mountain roads. My brother Elbert, who had toured Germany at the end of World War II, had told me what a beautiful countryside Germany possessed. He was right. To be honest, this is not one of the pictures I scanned. I had this one done a few years ago at Columbus Tape and Video, the only place I could find that would print a 35mm slide. They did it, if I remember correctly, by projecting it on a screen and taking a picture of it that could be printed.
Here’s one that I scanned with the $70 scanner I found online.
This is a shot of the Isar River that flows through Munich. It was taken late in the late afternoon, I think. Munich did have a lot of overcast days, especially in the winter, one, we were told at the time, was one of the coldest on record. One morning a DJ on the Armed Forces Radio Network said, “If you want to vacation somewhere that’s warmer today, let me suggest the North Pole.” I chose it because I read it’s used now for white-water sports, just as we are about to do on the Chattahoochee at Columbus.
Now, here’s one that’s lit a little better. It’s a picture of…well…you’ll know.
Now you can show me yours. That’s only fair. Just hit the comment button and give me your URL so I find them