I’ve been scanning negs for the past month, as I said. These are from our dear departed Brisbane uncle Darcey. He served in the Middle East during WWII and was a newspaper photographer all his working life.

I’m sure his sons won’t mind if I post a few samples, because they’re too good to hide.

Ain’t that nice? Beautiful lemony colour. Don’t know who it is, but it’s Kodak colour negative film.  
Somewhere in the Middle East, an army group.
A transport ship, to where? I’d be terrified at what was to come!

Original, ancient, authentic. Life in Palestine? 1941 or thereabouts, I would guess?

There were 80 negs to scan and I’m finished now. They are mostly 80mm x 105mm (3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″). I always enjoy doing it because each scan reveals a new scene and a new item of interest. This is history!

Yet on The On-Line Photographer today, a retired US pro photo-journalist was saying he tried to give his library of thousands of negs to museums and galleries but no-one wanted them! They wanted scans, done for free, but not the negs. He ended up burning the lot. His conclusion? The new generation is not interested in the past. Things are moving too quickly now.

Sorta makes you think, doesn’t it? History is bunk, as a famous person once said.

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