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An interesting article in The New York Times about discarded old 35mm slides getting a new view

Michael Ventura

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Hopefully this is not behind a paywall but the story "A Glimpse of a Bygone Life on Scottish Islands, Plucked From the Trash" can be seen here.  


A man goes to a rubbish/recycle center in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands to throw away to large bags of 35mm slides and a worker there takes them home.  


It raises a lot of questions.  What if the slides owner did not want these photos to see the light of day??  Should the worker have taken them home? At least the photographer was contacted to get permission to post some of the images online.

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Inside is this treasure trove




Taken by a public/private school headmaster and mainly of a trip to Australia in the 1950s - lots of pictures of boys dressed in army uniform camping and looking like something out of Lord of the Flies ( and that is just Australia!). 


I have traced the family but as yet not obtained copyright transfer. They clearly didn't want to keep them but like it or not they still own the copyright.

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