The reels are a bit mysterious because they're not adequately labeled, and of course we can't look at them without the "antique" playback equipment. Anyone seen a home movie projector lately?
Romesh borrowed a couple of reels and had them digitized by the friendly people at Digital Pickle in Pasadena.
The still photo above is a frame captured from some footage of nursing students and faculty doing their clinicals at a local hospital. Other results revealed color home movies from a swim meet, a volleyball match and graduation that fell sometime between 1949 and 1956. There is no sound with any of this stuff, but it's quite exciting -- and a bit eerie -- to see these 50- or 60-year-old moving images reanimated on a computer screen. It'll be fun to see what else turns up and how it gets used in a new online video.
Back in the days of those Super 8 movie cameras, who would have imagined YouTube? Here's a more recent version of what we've got in those mysterious film cans.