Older Wilson Family Scanned Negatives
A while back I pulled a bunch of black and white negatives to scan with a small fist-sized desktop scanner device. Although the unit claimed high-resolution results, they are pretty grainy. I used Photoshop to try and clean them up, but the results are not stellar. Here they are. I'm not posting them on Facebook. Most of these photos are from the older B/W negatives but there are some more recent. Let me know if you want me to re-scan one on my good flat-bed scanner or if you know any details about the photos.
Family Vacations - They were rare but we did take day trips to the beach and did some deep-sea fishing trips. I remember dad being late and running down the docks at Garibaldi to catch the fishing boat in time! I remember a camping trip near Mt. Hood with a big old canvas tent that leaked. There were trips to Astoria (see Dad with his arm around Mom and Vince mugging for the camera); there was the Oregon Centennial in 1959 and the Seattle Worlds' Fair in 1962. Cape Lookout was a favorite family beach and picnic area.
Family - The picture of me at the sink washing dishes was taken when my mom and I visited her family and my NY cousins in 1946. This was at my cousin John's home in NY. The photo was clipped from a 8mm movie and highly photo-shopped! Below also is Vince playing cowboy, some 1957 fashionistas and probably the last two photos taken of my grandparents, Bessie in 1960 at Christmas and Ed at Christmas in 1964. In Picture #3, Ed & Bessie's original house is in the background. It became a playhouse with lots of broken and miscellaneous kitchen "treasures" to play with. I think it was in the more recent area west of where Dad's fig trees were planted.
Some recently discovered farm photo negatives including two negatives of the old and new barns. Stitched together they showed the complete panorama of how they were situated circa 1932. Those were really great negatives to work with once I realized that they were taken side-by-side. I wish that I had more hayloft pictures. We all had fun on the hayloft trampoline as Carolyn displays here.
Howard and Ellen - The Cracker Boxes: Dad said that that was what he ate while Ellen and Judy were in NY in 1946. We took a trip east to visit Mom's family and my Benedict cousins when I was three. In 1942 Ellen went to California to care for her half-sister, Marjorie, who was ill and needed care for her two boys as well as herself. The collage picture is Mom & Dad in 1941-42. I have no idea what kind of bulbs they were digging. They look too large to be garlic and we never had garlic on the farm ever that I remember.
Early photos from my high school years. When I was sixteen I was allowed to live at my grandma's house (just next door on the farm property). I cleaned up my dad's old room and made it my own. It was certainly a blessing to have an indoor shower and toilet. I made most of my dresses for school. However, at BHS, I had a boyfriend whose mother worked for White Stag Clothing Company in Portland. She let me shop at the employee store and I collected some great White Stag outfits, one is pictured below. Next up are photos close to the time of my marriage in 1962. Our first apartment in Portland, then in 1966 we were off to S. California. We got tired of a particularly rainy March and loaded up a trailer and headed south. We first landed in Encino which was just off the 1-5 freeway. We were there for a month, then landed in South Pasadena for a few years. Lastly was our time in Whittier in 1970-74. We adopted an English bulldog that Bill had wanted forever and soon after our first daughter was born.
Flowers - Tulip field facing south towards the railroad tracks.