New Life for 35mm Slides

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 1956. 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

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4 Responses to “New Life for 35mm Slides”

  1. Rick McMichael Says:

    Fantastic, Dad. I can’t wait to get these added to my photo collection.

  2. Kurt Says:

    Well worth the time and effort, Dick. I scanned all of my own slides, and went through all my dad’s old Kodachromes I could find and picked out the notable ones.. Now I have pictures of my parents in their early 20s and on their wedding day, plus the only color photo in existence, as far as I know, of my great-grandmother Schmitz

    And don’t forget, you can get them professionally scanned, or clean them up yourself using simple software. Much of the time those old slides come out gorgeous.

  3. jarrell208 Says:

    Dick, where did you find the scanner? I have hundreds of slides dating back to the late 40’s that I would love to scan and be able to share. Like you said no one owns a slide projector anymore.

  4. Says:

    It’s been a number of years since I bought it so I am not sure, but it was probably from Amazon. There are many models available online with a wide price range. My Wolverine F2D worked well for me and, if I remember correctly, was in the $70 range when I bought it about five years ago. It took a while to convert about 500 slides to digital, but it was worth the effort.

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