Re: Wa Sunshine Kits...
So I know this is not on point but in the 1960s as a kid, I was given slide lists from a company called 35 Slides located in Colorado. These lists featured all kinds of color slides of Northeast railroads, including NYO&W, Unadilla Valley, and PRR Elmira branch. I bought a bunch but got prints, not slides unfortunately, because I didn’t have a projector. 35 Slides went out of business, but later I learned that the photographer was David Conner. While I have seen many of his photos since then, I have never seen the ones I bought or the others listed by 35 Slides. Anyone know what happened to that company’s slides? Les Sittler
From: Tim O'Connor
Sent: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 2:57 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Wa Sunshine Kits...
I think wide sharing is really is the best guarantee of -digital- preservation, at least for a generation.
After I'd scanned a few thousand slides, I shared a large number of them via Dropbox. As for thousands
of physical slides, I'm not really sure what to do with them, or with my library of books. It would be a
shame for them to end up in a dumpster.
CD's and other electronic storage is NOT archival - They do degrade over time. Paper has proven to
be the most durable form of preservation, if it's well cared for - and that would include prints. Negatives
and slides (depending on film type) can last a long time, although we don't really know how long that is,
since it has existed for just over 100 years. So much information now exists only in electronic form -
and it requires non-stop money and electricity to preserve it. It worries me. :-\
And don't get me started on cryptocurrency. It's secure - until the electricity and components that keep
it alive just -poof- disappear someday in the future. Just maintaining it already uses more electricity than
dozens of countries use. It is NOT climate friendly.
My entire digital train photos collection is 30 GB now - so I can fit it onto a USB thumb drive. I have
shared (and people have shared with me) thumb drives of photos, so that's a good way to get duplicates
out there in the 'cloud' of enthusiasts.
On 9/7/2021 1:59 PM, Robert G P wrote: