I have a small cache of color slides from the 1950s and 1960s that I bought several years ago. I had bought one of those inexpensive film-to-digital converters (review here) and was digitizing the 126, 110, and 35mm negatives I had shot as a kid and young adult. It did a passable job. I was curious how it would handle mounted color slides so I bought some on eBay. I like old cars, so I bought some with vintage vehicles as the subjects.
If you’d like to see how that cheap digitizer rendered them, I shared the scans at Curbside Classic here.
My new Plustek OpticFilm 8100i SE can scan mounted slides, too, so I scanned these slides to see how this scanner would render them. I’m pleased to report that the scans were very good straight off the scanner. I did only minor post-processing work on them in Photoshop. Here they are.
Here’s a VW Karmann-Ghia, probably from the 1960s. While most of these slides are Kodachromes, this one is on unknown film.
Here’s a 1965 Ford F-100, its driver a proud papa.
Here’s a 1960 Ford on a Kodachrome dated 1967.
On a 1967 Kodachrome, here’s a 1967 Mercury Colony Park.
The same family also owned this 1966 Ford Falcon.
Here’s a young couple leaning on a 1950 Chevrolet. A VW Beetle is behind it, and a 1964 Ford Falcon brings up the rear.
I saved the best for last: a 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak convertible.
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