35mm Slide Trays In A 2-Megapixel .JPG World
Since I retired the first of this month, I've been busily scanning 35mm 2X2 slides into my computer. I had a couple thousand of them that I'd taken, dating back to the late 1950's, and I also inherited a roughly equal number from my Dad some years ago.
Now, unless you are older'n dirt like I am, you are probably not familiar with 35mm slides. They're positive-film snapshots in little cardboard frames, that you show with a slide projector (or view with a little backlit handheld viewer). The projector, of course, calls for setting up a 4' square screen along with the projector, darkening the room, and using a bunch of juice powering the megawatt room heater masquerading as the bulb in the projector. Watching slides was roughly equivalent to a night out. But usually without the fun stuff. Or popcorn.
The picture above is of an Argus slide tray, designed to hold the slides so the Argus projector can run them through and slide them in front of the lamp so it can throw the beam up on the screen. In the Argus system, the slides were manually inserted in those little aluminum frames for protection and to ease the machine ramming them home, and dragging them back out.
Now the slide scanner calls for me to take out the slide, from the little frame it's in, and insert each one into the scanner. Individually. Oh, there are add-on contraptions to do that automatically, but they're rather pricey so I figured, being retired and all, I'd just do that sitting here. And it's been fun, anyway, as I get a chance to look at each slide as I do the work.
I had briefly discussed keeping the slide trays, but they are a lot of work to use and I don't have a working slide projector. What with technology and all, even this po' boy can scan the pictures in, sort them by date order or activity, call up any one for viewing, and see them any time I want. Daylight or dark, too.
It would be really stupid to insist on keeping the slide projector, slides, screen, and all that, when the objective is to look at the pictures, wouldn't it? Why perpetuate a system in the name of sentimentality or tradition, when simple, affordable alternatives exist?
I'm up to 3,518 pictures scanned in, so far, and I have 288 to go. Not to mention a printed picture collection downstairs, which I will start scanning in when I get done with the slides. I think there are thousands of them, too.
Which brings me to my point. Just as my objective is to be able to look at, and preserve, pictures in the best and most usable way, shouldn't our goal at the SBC be, to get the gospel out, to make disciples of all nations, in the best and most efficient, effective way? And to conduct the business necessary to support that, in the best way possible?
I wonder if we're doing that...
OK. That's all. I have to finish my slides and pictures so I can get out my Christmas present ... a computer-interfaced record turntable complete with diamond stylus and USB cable ... so I can get to work making .mpg files out of all my LP's and Stereo records from the 1950's. I got a bunch of THEM, too.