Let's take a look at some of the slides that I bought from that junk shop in Greenwich several weeks ago. I wound up with about 240 of them -- the shop's entire accumulation -- and after looking through them all I chose 35 or so to have scanned. My goal, as I've said before, was to rescue from obscurity good images that could easily have simply wound up in a landfill or incinerator, lost forever.
I'll break my absolute favorites into two posts, today and tomorrow.
First, the slide above is dated February 1980. (The dates given in this post are all processing dates printed on the slides, so the pictures were taken some time earlier.) I love the red dress, the jaunty pose and the background of the patterned fence. I have several shots in which this same woman appears.
July 1984 -- Don't you love the Polish Solidarity party t-shirt on the guy on the left? Very au courant for that time.
December 1978 -- A good colorful shot from a summery park. (Again, the picture obviously wasn't taken in December.) Those are some serious dahlia plantings. If I had to guess I'd say this is mother and daughters.
July 1977 -- I love the colors and strong vertical elements in this well-composed picture. As with most of these slides, I have no idea where it was taken.
June 1969 -- I've never seen a swan house quite like this!
June 1968 -- Does anyone recognize this location*? It's obviously a big gathering of some sort, and these two gents appear to be wearing badges. Are they judges? One is holding a pair of binoculars. Even though the slide wasn't exposed correctly, I think the light leaks make for a cool effect. As Dave said, "It looks like they're beaming up."
*A reader correctly identified this as the old war hospital and the back of the grandstands at the Epsom Racecourse in Surrey.
March 1981 -- I think the subject of this photo is supposed to be the woman (same as in the top photo) and her roses, but for me the curtains steal the show.
October 1972 -- And here she is again, enjoying a day in the garden. I especially like the purplish socks on the young guy in the lawn chair. Quite hip!