Ancient Photos, Past Lives


I was privileged to be asked to scan some negatives for my friend, and I agreed, however, these were negatives that belonged to her recently deceased grandmother. I was taken aback by the ancient memories, read on to find out more.

When she’d given me the envelope of negatives, I wasn’t expecting anything special. Maybe some recent photos taken before her grandma passed away…? I was completely wrong! I got home and opened the envelope to find two smaller envelopes that looked something like a photo lab would give you after you got photos developed. Except that they were completely vintage looking and very old!

(I’ve only ever seen photos of envelopes and ads like these!)

Peeking into the smaller envelopes, I found not 35mm negatives, but 120 [which I was not expecting]. All slightly faded looking, with silvery tones. ‘Ahh black and white!’ I thought…

Wrong again, I couldn’t tell from the film, but the scanned results brought varying tones of black and whites and sepia looking photos. I didn’t even know that that was possible!

To be honest, I don’t know the history of the photos or the people in them. I had contemplated different backgrounds while I was scanning and browsing through them, but I could never find something that fit right.

(Possibly photos of her grandma at a younger age, the first two may be of her grandparents’ arrival to Hawaii)

I didn’t think it was the right time to ask someone who had just lost a loved one. But maybe sometime in the future, we’ll be able to talk about it and I will finally be able to put stories with strangers in these faded negatives.

written by natalieerachel on 2012-08-14 in #lifestyle #ancient #vintage #scan #past #funeral #old


  1. bsdunek
    bsdunek ·

    This is a wonderful collection. I certainly hope your friend is happy with these.
    My Wife and I visited Lihue a few years ago. Found it to be a wonderful place.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. clownshoes
    clownshoes ·

    great article

  3. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    @bsdunek Thank you, I haven't been there myself..maybe someday!
    @clowshoes Thanks :)

  4. poppyprongs
    poppyprongs ·

    ugh cannot resist the vintage-ness of the envelopes :Q___ nice article tho :D

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