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Film was stored in these canisters since 1933 and before. All but three of the cans were labeled as to what supposedly were the shooting locations, but they weren't always correct. This created the need for a lot of investigating and seeking help which has come from many visitors to this site. It's been quite a process!

The film collection came to me in the box of canisters shown above. All but three were labeled with enough information to help me determine where some of the shots were made, but as I discovered, the labels didn't cover everything I found on the film. Of course, there is no guarantee that the film in each canister was in the correct canister. More time and effort will answer many of the "where" questions.

When I first took the film out, it became quickly apparent that the images seemed to be a good shape, but the film itself was like uncoiling spring steel. Handling this film would be difficult without getting it to relax a reasonable amount. On the advice of a retired photography professor friend, I carefully rewound each roll onto a developing real and rewashed it for about an hour, treated them with PhotoFlo, and hung them to dry. This worked, restoring the film's elasticity to about 80% or so.

The next step was to cut the rolls into 5 frame strips and store them in archival sleeve pages in a binder with weight on the pages. I hoped that the weight would help to re-flatten the film over time. After nearly ten years, it has helped.

The next step was to scan each negative in order to build an archive, organize it and begin identifying as many images as possible. The initial scans are real basic, just good enough for cataloging purposes, and for building this web gallery. Prints that received purchase requests were then rescanned on my Nikon 8000 film scanner. The scans are at 4,000 dpi, 8 passes with ICE grain reduction turned on. Scratches, stains and other issues needing attention are then fixed digitally.

Be advised that the quality of the images as you see on this website is not necessarily an accurate reflection on the image quality of a print. This applies mostly to tonal range and shadow detail. The film often recorded shadow details to a higher degree than is apparent in the basic scan. The high-resolution scans bring out more detail. You also may notice on some images a blurriness on either the left or right edge. This is on frames that were on the end of a strip and have a bit of a curl. The final scans will completely eliminate curl.