Archive for March 2011

Those Places Thursday - The M1 motorway - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

Old signpost to the M1 Motorway

The M1 Motorway
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Most of the M1 motorway was opened between 1959 and 1968. These photographs were probably taken some time during that period. Look, no central reservation barrier! If only the traffic flow was still like this today.

I'd be very interested to know if anyone can tell me the exact location of this bridge.

(From my grandpa's collection of old slides - see this post for more information.)

[Why Those Places Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Wordless Wednesday - Avon Dam, near South Brent - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

Avon Dam, near Brentor, Devon
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This photograph is of the Avon Dam on Dartmoor, not far from South Brent, and was taken in June 1966. There are more photos in the collection which were taken on the same day and it would appear to have been a family day out. I'm in some of the pictures, aged 3.

(From my grandpa's collection of old slides - see this post for more information.)

[Why Wordless Wednesday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Wordless Wednesday - Clovelly, Devon - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides


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These pictures of Clovelly in North Devon probably date from the 1950's or 1960's.

(From my grandpa's collection of slides - see this post for more information.)

[Why Wordless Wednesday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Those Places Thursday: Trafalgar Square, London - old photos

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides


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This photograph was most likely taken by my gran, Ivy Alice Hibbitt, nee Dando, probably some time during the 1960's. She would sometimes visit London with friends.

(From my grandpa's collection of slides - see this post for more information.)

[Why Those Places Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Thankful Thursday: Digitizing Grandpa's Old Slides

Category: Grandpa's Old Slides

My parents recently produced two boxes of colour slides, which had been stored away in their house for a number of years. The slides consisted of photos taken by my paternal grandparents, ranging from the 1930's to the early 1970's, including family pictures and places they visited. My grandpa enjoyed photography and from time to time he'd convert the bathroom into a temporary dark room.


Eager to view these images I set about scanning them with my Epson Perfection V200 Photo scanner, which has a slide scanning facility, and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the results. The software allows for colour restoration and backlight correction as well as other fine-tuning features. Even the darkest of slides rendered a viewable picture......Read more »