Over the years, I’ve managed to accumulate a growing collection of other people’s slides. Some are given to me, and others I pick up whenever I happen by a box o’ slides someone’s trying to get rid of. And others are from my relatives.
I finally bought a decent slide scanner and I figured I’d share some of the gems with the world, rather than let them rot away in a box. This also marks the first time I’ve posted someone else’s photos on my own website, but why not.
For my inaugural Retroscans post, I’m going with some old photos of Disneyland in July 1958 and June 1969. All were apparently shot by the same family, whom I don’t know. By the looks of things, this family did a trip down the coast of California in both those years, 11 years apart. I have hundreds of other slides of their other destinations along the coast too, which I’ll save for later. I found these on a Saturday afternoon at the Treasure Island Flea Market in a big bag of old slides that was spilling all over the baking-hot asphalt. The guy selling them insisted the antique slide projector was part of the package deal. I tried to bargain him out of forcing me to take the projector and found myself offering him MORE money to keep it for himself.
The slides were in horrible shape, covered in dirt and with scratches everywhere. I thought it would be a good restoration exercise to try to recover the images. After cleaning up the slides, I used my scanner’s infrared scratch detection to mask out much of the scratches, and then handled the rest of the restoration in Photoshop.
Disneyland history is one of those quirky things I’ve studied over the years, and I’ve been there fifty some-odd times, so no better place to let the Retroscan series begin than the happiest place on earth: