Need to Get My Photos Digitized

Surely Wish I Could Find Those Old Pictures

By Jeff Salter

This week we’re talking about pictures – i.e., photos – and it pains me that so few of my special pix are on a computer. Or, to put it more precisely: most of the significant photos in my life were taken in REGULAR cameras which used ordinary FILM, from which PRINTS were made. Often there was only one print and who knows where that one ended up. And, most of you youngsters won’t comprehend this, but you can’t tell very much from examining a teeny-tiny NEGATIVE.

Oh well.

My whole point is that I remember several photos taken of me and one or both of my siblings. One of my favorites is a B&W snapshot of my brother and me in our Davy Crockett coonskin caps when I was in kindergarten. In the parking lot of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon GA (where our dad was associate pastor), we’re shirtless… and my youthful belly is hanging out just about like it does these days. Ha.

Another is of me and big brother and little sister in Juarez, Mexico… on a life size black wooden horse — we’re lined up, oldest in the rear and me in the middle, as usual.

Another is of all three of us during that brief sliver of time (probably one season) when Charles was in Boy Scouts, I was in Cub Scouts, and Becky was in Brownies. In this photo, taken by Ogden Studios in Covington LA (and later colorized by the studio artist who was also our sometime baby-sitter), we’re all in our uniforms. [Yes, children, in the olden days, many photos were shot in B&W and the coloring was added later… by an artist… with a brush.]

Wish I could show you those pix. But I don’t know where they are… and even if I could locate them, it would be a pain to copy / convert them with any fidelity.

Triple-S-1999

Charles, Becky, and me at my niece’s wedding in VA in 1999. Yes, I know I’m not smiling — whenever I smile for photos, it always looks like I just swallowed a dead worm. Or, the photographer waits until I’m finished smiling before they finally snap the pix. In this instance, it was probably a worm. LOL By the way, I’m the same height as my brother, so evidently we were on a slight incline.

But one photo I did manage to copy / convert – just today, in fact, courtesy of my wife’s phone camera and email transmission – was a relatively rare shot [above] of me and both siblings… all dressed up. This was summer of 1999, in Norfolk VA where my sweet niece, Stephanie Rod Morgan, was getting married. The bride’s mother was my sister, Becky Rod — and doesn’t she look gorgeous?

The three of us have at times been referred to as Triple-S Productions… named after the movie company we formed as kids when we filmed our first cinematographic masterpiece in 8mm color. Years later, with a better camera (Super-8mm) and a cast that included my fiancé Denise Williams (among many friends), we filmed another, better movie. Our film career later culminated with our third production… and by that time Denise and I may have already been married (can’t recall for certain).

Well, anyway, I have many fond memories of growing up between an older brother and younger sister. Someone probably has a photo album somewhere with a few of those old snapshots which serve to chronicle our childhood — beginning (for me) in Starkville MS, then Chicago IL, then Macon GA, but mainly in Covington LA (with a one-year hiatus in Mt. Pleasant IA).

Here’s a pix taken roughly one year ago, here in Somerset… 17 years after the 1999 wedding photo. I don’t think we’ve changed a bit… do you?

Triple-S-2016

Becky, Charles, and me in Somerset KY (May 2016). This was one of those pix where I’ve already tried smiling, but the photographer wouldn’t snap the picture… so I’m in the process of asking, “Did you take it yet?”

Question:

Do YOU have any particular photo which stands out to you? Are you in it… or is it a picture of someone/something else?

[JLS # 341]

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About jeff7salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Twelve completed novels and five completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015, "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015, "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015, "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014, "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014, "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014, "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014, "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013, "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013, "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013, "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012, "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012. Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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9 Responses to Need to Get My Photos Digitized

  1. jbrayweber says:

    I was always the one with a camera—a purple, slim 110. Haha! What I hated most about those old cameras were that you could take the whole roll, have treasured pics, only to find out it was overexposed or everything came out solid black. Grr…

    I also have or have scanned most of the pics my parents took, which wasn’t as many as I take these days. It would take more time than I have today to tell you about my favorites. But I do have some early 90’s Glamour Shots that are pretty awesome. Maybe I’ll share them someday.

    Great post! Love seeing pics of you and your family, Jeff.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    When my mom handed me a large envelope full of old family photos, I went home and put most of them on my scanner (my printer/copier has that capability). Then I started sharing several of them on Thursdays with the label TBT (Throwback Thursday). But things got busy and I discontinued the practice – and now I can’t find the envelope! I know so many people who don’t save pictures, and I’ve never been able to understand that. Pictures help us understand where we’ve been and how far we’ve come.
    As for whether you’ve changed, if you hadn’t told us in the first picture that you and your brothers were the same height, I would have said that Charles has grown. I love looking at old photos of my siblings and me. Since I’m the oldest, I was the tallest – until I got to high school and my brothers started catching up.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      yeah, younger brothers have an aggravating habit of a delayed growth spurt, in which they often surpass the height of their (?bossy?) older sisters. LOL

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  3. I can get my hands on most paper photos from film, but trying to find digital ones, either so many on the computers or burned onto disc is a royal pain! I was trying to find one just yesterday and gave up.
    I’d love to see the pictures you mentioned if you ever find them.
    I think the shots look great and you fellows matured well.(I always did have a thing for older men!)

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    • jeff7salter says:

      thanks. just wish I could get the smile-for-photos thing down. I so envy the many people I know who gracefully and genuinely smile for pixtures and always look so wonderful.

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  4. Joselyn says:

    My kids are pretty good at the grimace for pictures. I’m hoping it gets better when all their adult teeth come in.

    Someone mentioned saving all the pictures above. I got a bunch of fun ones from my mom’s, but I did pitch the million copies of my school pictures. One of each of those is more than enough. 🙂

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