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Resurrecting the Past

31 May 2021 9:35PM   Views : 574 Unique : 376

When we did the shed demolition we found a box of old negatives and I just started tonight to have a look at what we have. They are all typical black and white negatives such as we might get out of a folding Kodak camera, or maybe even a box camera. For the first time since the 1930s (probably) these images will see the light of day, faded, damaged and blurred as they may be, and I find that I actually know where some of the places and who some of the people are. I say the 1930s with some degree of confidence, for that is when the family made their holidays in places like Crail and Seascale. We'll see what we get in due course, but a few have been processed now so at least we can see what is there.

The technique is simply to scan using our Epson flatbed scanner, so the resolution will not be fantastic. The a quick trip trhough Photoshop, but no attempt to do any restoration as such, just levels to adjust the contrast and brightness and a crop to my usual 1500px size for EPZ.

This was first through the scanner and is a group of unidentified people, but probably 1930s as it is with the other images that offer me more clues.
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Another unidentified group, but the quality is better and I am hoping there will be more like this.
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From left to right we have my Grandad on my mother's side, an unidentified lady and my Great Grandmother Hannah Fletcher. This is almost certainly shot at Seascale, which in the 1930s was a thriving seaside destination.
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My Great Grandfather Joseph Fletcher, probably with my Aunty Denise on his knee.
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No identification for this one, but much better quality, so maybe there is hope for some of the images.
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