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darkosaric
02-29-2012, 07:02 AM
Hi all,

I really enjoy to buy some old negatives on some flea market or on auctions, and then develop them in a darkroom... it is like time traveling. Also when I buy some old camera and as a bonus I get some old negative inside: it is great (one example from agfa isolette attached).

Anyone else has this "hobby" :)?

cheers,

Ricus.stormfire
02-29-2012, 08:44 AM
Although I have never been lucky enough to find undeveloped film in a camera. I do "collect" old negatives and 8mm film reels.

Mike Wilde
02-29-2012, 04:04 PM
Yes, I enjoy that too. Found film unprocesed in a camera is a special treat. Not that I really need another instamatic or 35mm point and shoot, but if that is the price of the film, well...

Buying old prints of unknown families happens sometimes too. Oh, and slides. I have a series of a couple on driving vacations all over north america most years between 58 and 74. The guy was a pretty good shooter, and edittied what he put into the slide carousels. His kids cleared out most images of the individual family members, and then put dad's images up for estate auction. out of seven carousels I repacked them down to take the spaeces out and ended up with 3.75 full carousels after a bit of light editing of my own. They are most fascinating to look at.

Also another series of slides for someone who rode horses competitively and went to florida to ride in the winter a few years in the mid 70's. I end up with them as part of a lot buying up some old maps. Estate auctions are a dangerous hobby that way.

I ended up with about 50 slides of a guy who died of a heart attack. They were in a box that I really wanted for the old Norman pack and head 200B flash rig. That rig now is most relaible,a nd well worth the $15 she wanted. The images are a nice bonus. Him hanging out with his friends mid 70's and off to surveyors camp, so I suspect he studied enginering at one stage. The sides have his pals names on the mount. I have yet to google them up and put a thread of them together.

CGW
02-29-2012, 04:13 PM
I've been collecting 40s-60s mug shots for a dysfunctional family tree project.

dehk
02-29-2012, 07:42 PM
Me too, i collect old negatives, just bought a bunch of kodachrome from the 50s.

Dshambli
02-29-2012, 07:54 PM
The closest I've got is a roll of Verichrome I developed out of a Brownie Hawkeye (hard to tell what's on it, I may not have developed it right) and a glass negative (https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/321155_587384794375_37401778_32043645_457291036_n. jpg) I bought at an antique store.

EDIT: That glass negative picture isn't a print, it's a picture I took with my phone in negative mode.

Araakii
02-29-2012, 07:56 PM
Man, I have always wanted to do this but don't know where to find them.

dehk
02-29-2012, 08:03 PM
I'll share one with you guys that I like a lot.
47188

darkosaric
03-01-2012, 04:19 AM
Man, I have always wanted to do this but don't know where to find them.

Flea markets, local camera shops, auctions - not only ebay, but other as well - for example here in Poland on allegro.pl you can find old negatives pretty often.

darkosaric
03-01-2012, 04:20 AM
I'll share one with you guys that I like a lot.
47188

It is great - funny and good :)

Steve Roberts
03-01-2012, 05:59 AM
Yes, I always buy old negs when I see them. It's strange looking into the lives of people you don't know and trying to imagine who they were and what they were doing and a little disconcerting reflecting on the fact that many are probably long dead.
Steve

Wade D
03-02-2012, 12:00 AM
Other than the inherited family negatives going back to the 1920's I don't have many negatives from other people.
Years ago I cleaned out the studio of a photographer who was moving to a new location. Among the things left behind were many Cirkut negatives showing how San Diego looked in the 40's & 50's.

mjfinalshot
03-12-2012, 10:59 AM
Hi,<BR><BR>If anyone is interested, I have thousands of 1950's and 1960's original color and black and white&nbsp;2 1/4" x 2 1/4" negatives.&nbsp; Images taken by contributing photographer to Life Magazine.

CGW
03-12-2012, 11:01 AM
Check out these:

http://www.apug.org/forums/forum54/102995-east-enders-kissing.html

darkosaric
03-13-2012, 03:46 AM
Hi,<BR><BR>If anyone is interested, I have thousands of 1950's and 1960's original color and black and white&nbsp;2 1/4" x 2 1/4" negatives.&nbsp; Images taken by contributing photographer to Life Magazine.

Maybe next Vivian Maier ;)? You should not break the collection - see if you can scan some and try to find out value of the whole collection - it could be higher than you think.

jordanstarr
03-13-2012, 05:24 AM
...I'd LOVE to, but I'm backlogged on my own stuff, so I find it hard to justify printing something else.

DrTang
06-07-2012, 01:31 PM
Stereo Slides... I collect old stereo slides. I have thousands..some in obvious sets..some just misc... some as salesman sets.


I also collect old negs and prints when I come across them - have some cool glass plates as well as circuit prints and negs

recently found a whole box of exposed but undeveloped 120 tri-x rolls at an estate sale

gotta develop those one of these days

also..I bought an old kodak folder once that had an exposed roll in it..I developed it and it showed some army guy on leave circa WW2
that was kinda cool

jnoir
06-19-2012, 05:57 AM
I find it quite interesting to rescue and take care of old negatives. In fact, I prefer negatives to photographs. That's what I call FoundFilm. I tend to favor the older glass negatives, I pretend to be an amateur curator :laugh:

Of course I never miss to develop old rolls found in second hand cameras, and on top of that I enjoy trying to discover the places where they were taken (identifying people is beyond my capabilities as a PI :cool: )



http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5195/6997486406_d974eed36f_z.jpg


http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7274/7143573299_55eaf7f985_z.jpg


These pictures are part of an undeveloped roll that came inside an old folder. It was made at Kodak's England factory around 1957 (although I'd say pictures are from late 60's or early 70's) and depicts St. James beach, in Barbados. I've never been physically there myself.

This is also part of the roll:


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8162/6998463658_534fd98eb2_z.jpg


And this can be found on the internet:


http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/cf/33/0b/beachfront-rooms.jpg


For those who didn't know, it is possible to date and place the manufacturing of old Kodak rolls:

http://historicphotoarchive.com/f1/ekcode.html

cowanw
06-19-2012, 03:36 PM
I swam off St Jamea beach in the early 1970's. I worked at the Leper colony across the road. They rang the bell when the patients were going to come out to swim off the beach. I expect the site of the Leper colony is a fancy hotel now.

thomas331
11-30-2012, 09:48 PM
Hi,<BR><BR>If anyone is interested, I have thousands of 1950's and 1960's original color and black and white&nbsp;2 1/4" x 2 1/4" negatives.&nbsp; Images taken by contributing photographer to Life Magazine.

what was your asking price.........??