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Old 03-27-2010, 01:47 PM
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My husband and I bought some property and discovered in an old beaten down shed some 40+ glass negatives. Does anyone know how I should store them they range in horrible conition to fairly good condition. After carefully separating them and drying them out (they where discovered in very moldy and wet boxes) I have them standing up with parchment paper separating them for now. I would also like to know how I can print the pictures and research them, maybe even post them someplace hoping someone might have more information. According to my dad these sound like they are pictures of relatives from the late 1800's. Thank you for any advice you can give on this. I was not sure where to post this as I an new to all of this.

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Old 03-27-2010, 04:36 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives discovered

You bought property and found pics of your relatives in the shed? Did your relatives use to live there? I'm thinking a stash of glass negs would have belonged to a local photographer. A local historical society might help track down who they are or belonged to.
There is also a person on this forum who deals with preserving old photos and documents, maybe she could chime in about preserving them.
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Old 03-27-2010, 07:37 PM
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Depending on where you are a local university may also be a big help. If nothing else they may know who/where to go. Some times a local genealogical group can help.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:14 AM
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The property had belonged to my Aunt and sat vacant for 20 years. My dad thinks these are the negatives of his side of the family before they came to the US from Poland. I really want to be able to make some prints of the negatives so that I can research who they were. This was a real treasure for us to find because we don't know anything about our family history and my dad and I have been working together to find out if we have any relatives.
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Old 03-28-2010, 12:42 AM
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Re: Glass Negatives discovered

An easy way to view and print the photos - if you have a digital camera photograph the plates and then invert the image .... one of many ways to photograph them with little equipment is to set a glass plate on a piece of glass suspended across two chairs or whatever is handy. Put a white board on the floor and a lamp shining on the board ... or lean the glass plate against a window with something white outside to provide even light ...
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:58 AM
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Thanks! I can't wait to try these methods! Is it OK to post the pictures here?
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Old 03-28-2010, 07:11 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives discovered

i'll give you your pick, patti. i can move this to the historical sub-forum, or move it to the restoration forum, whichever you think is the more appropriate. since you're going to post pics, i would think the restoration forum would be better, since folks are going to want to work on them. we're compulsive that way

oh, and welcome to RP
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:54 PM
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Re: Glass Negatives discovered

Congrats on this wonderful find! For those researching family history it's a goldmine.

A flatbed scanner with a transparency lid should do the trick. I use an older Epson 1600.

As for researching your family history, once you have some names to start with, go to www.familysearch.org and have a go (free Mormon site). I've been able to trace my New England ancestors back to the Dark Ages there! And Ancestry.com (subscription site) is great for not only making similar connections but seeing the actual census, military and other documents.

Don't forget to Google any names you find as well (I learned last night that one of my British ancestors was beheaded in the 1300s...).

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Old 03-30-2010, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for the welcome and thanks for the advice. I have a friend who has a scanner that I can use so we are going to geek out on that... It is the little things and I can't wait to truly see the pictures. Who knows maybe someone on here might recognize something.

You know this has rekindle my drive for wanting to get back into photography. It has been over 20 years since I did anything but now that we have the space I can build a nice little dark room and have at it...
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Old 03-30-2010, 10:09 AM
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For sure its a good time to build a darkroom, many folks are giving their darkroom equipment away for nothing. Wonder if there is a reason for that?
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