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    Dead mans film. Would u develop?

    So i was at a cool estate sale. The guy was a photog,woodworker,had a great darkroom. He died and the wife was put
    in a home. (Makes me wonder whats gonna happen to all my crap!)
    In the very bottom of one drawer was a exposed roll of Verichrome Pan 127 and a roll of VP 620. So i took em.

    Would u develop em? i dont even have reels for 127 , 620 looks like same as 120 no?

    Gonna develop em later. Maybe they're forgotten shots of Marilyn? or the Lindberg flight? haha How old is this film anyone know?

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    If you use Paterson reels, they have a 127 setting on them. Lots of other adjustable reels do as well.

    And 620 film is the same as 120. The spools are different (and quite saleable).

    Verichrome Pan 127 was available new for a very long time. I shot it back in the 1960s. I'd guess that it remained available until the 1990s.

    And I would develop it - there may be family members who would appreciate the results.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Too right I'd develop it. Curiosity would get the better of any "invasion of privacy" qualms and if the results show the dead chap with a young floozy on his knee, well the option is yours to burn the film!!!

    Steve

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    My father-in-law found an old box brownie type camera in his loft with a roll of exposed VP 620 still in it. I developed it and it had pictures of my wife and her brother when they were about six on holiday by the seaside, this would be from about 1975. Bit fogged but printable. There is nothing like finding an old photo you never knew existed before.

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    Hope by "took" you mean "bought", not "stole". Maybe the owner might be able to shed some light on how old the film.

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    Go for it. Whats to lose? I once had a very rewarding experience developing a long expired roll from a box brownie when a friends mother died. It was a good thing to be able to see photos taken on holiday by the sea 40 years ago. It was a colour film and the process was long defunct but I developed it as black and white..

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    I certainly would develop it. I don't see it as disrespectful, and, as said above, the family might enjoy seeing the photos. A few years ago, my Brother printed some of my Grandmother's negatives from the early 1900's. We found some very interesting family photos, and I'm sure she would be happy we did so.
    Bruce

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    Sounds like a great time for Diafine.
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    i'd do it without a second thought, and as bruce suggested, present the family with
    a contact sheet or photographs if they want.
    sounds like fun !
    john

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    In the past I have developed orphaned exposed rolls sometime without knowing who to give prints to, then a friend of mine found a roll in an old camera (Yashica A or C) with a roll of exposed film a garage sale. She did not think she would get printalble negatives due to summer temps in Phoenix, but did, child pron. Turned over the the police, the family she bought the the camera from suied for breach of privacy cost her a couple of grand in legal fees to get the case tossed. The camera was owned by a family member who was still alive but in a long term care facility due to stroke and not fit for trial.

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