Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Darlene took this picture of a picture of my parents on their wedding
day 50 years ago last September.

As with many other people back then, all of my parent's official
wedding pictures were printed in black and white. I sometimes wondered
what colours the clothes were that my Aunt and my grandmothers were wearing in the pictures, when I looked through the album. The Bride
of course wore white, and the men were in dark suits. The pictures in
the album were the only ones I'd ever seen of my parent's wedding day.

About eight years ago a cousin of my Mother's came over from England
for a visit, and she brought along a package of pictures that she had
found in her Mum's belongings. These were pictures of us here, taken at
various times over the years and sent to England for the relatives there
to see. Pictures from the time when I was a baby, up until my wedding
day, and some a bit after that too.

Among the photographs was a small box of coloured slides. Now my
parents never used slides. Our pictures were always developed into
photographs. We've never had a projector and screen to view slides with.
At that time that my cousin gave the slides to me I glanced at them and
saw a couple were of me as a baby that I knew we already had in our own
albums so I packed the box of slides away with other family keepsakes
and sort of forgot about it.

Not long ago I was browsing through the boxes of family memorabilia
and came across the box of slides. I opened it, and began to really look
at each of the slides individually. I that's when I realized that there were
about eight pictures that were taken of my parent's wedding day, and they
were in colour!! There were also other pictures of my parents which were
taken around the same time.

So DH and I took the slides into our favourite local photo shop and asked
about having photographs made from them. And the one especially of my
parents, taken on their wedding day, standing shoulder to shoulder. That
one I wanted to have made into an 8 x 10 picture, if possible. We left
the slides at the shop and returned a week later to see what they'd been
able to accomplish.

We were told that some of the pictures were blurry, and many of them
were faded in colour, but the technician had worked with his equipment
to get the best possible prints from each slide. They said that the slides
were probably made within the first year that it had been possible to make
colour slides, so the technology was still being perfected.

Most of the pictures of my parent's wedding day are blurry. But some
are pretty clear, and it's no big deal either way because at least now I can
see the colours of the day, which is pretty amazing after all these years.
Other pictures are of my parents in their first apartment. It's so
strange looking at these pictures because my parents look so young in them.

And the 8 x 10 picture turned out fantastic, as you can see at the top of this
entry. My Mom Norma, and my Dad Chuck (Charles). My Dad passed
away eight years ago. Today my Mom celebrated her 85th birthday. We
gave her the framed picture for her birthday. She never even knew it existed.
Needless to say she was speechless when she saw it.


Gina E. said...

Hi Judy,
I tried to leave a comment here a few weeks ago, but it didn't work for some reason, so I'll have another go at it. I wanted to say how impressed I was with your first cross stitch. I would never have attempted such a big project at first! It is just beautiful, pink and all, and don't you dare throw it out! It will be worth a lot of money one day, and even without a monetary value, it is worth keeping. If nobody in your family wants it, somebody like me will in years to come. The stain will come out safely if you soak it in one of those non-bleach soaking agents - Oxy-something I think they are called?

Gina E. said...

Now that my comments are appearing, I'll keep going - sorry to take over, LOL! I should have left my first comment here under the appropriate post about your sampler, but I was just kind of experimenting to see if it was going to work..
I share your feelings about slides. Ken and I both have boxes and boxes of them, going back before we even knew each other. Mine were of my overseas trips, and Ken's are of his trips around Australia. When we got this computer, we also bought a scanner that is able to scan slides so we could put them all on to a CD. Well, we had good intentions. I have had a few slides turned into negatives by photoshops, and they are expensive, but I didn't mind at the time, because it suited my purpose back then. But how wonderful for you to finally have those photos of your parents' wedding!