Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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Lost Classics

I brought home a new printer from Best Buy yesterday – a lovely Epson Stylus CX7800 “All-in-One.” It prints. It copies. It scans. It’s my third consecutive Epson printer, and I should tell you up front that Epsons don’t last very long. So why do I keep on buying them? Well, their printed output is incredible, and I’ve made their flimsiness work for me through a bit of advice I received from NB, an actor friend of mine who used to work at Best Buy. The way he described it, Epson print heads tend to wear out after about 2 years of regular use. So the strategy he recommended was to pay a little extra for the 3-year warranty. That’s what I did when I bought my previous printer, and that was about a year and a half ago. And don’t ya know, right on schedule, it crapped out on me a few weeks ago, and I got to pick out a brand new comparable printer to replace it. Yay team, and thank you NB!

When I was setting it up this morning, I noticed an odd plastic frame that came with it. It turns out that this frame greatly simplifies the scanning of 35mm negatives and slides. In addition, the scanning software is optimized to recognize when something is a negative, and it automatically scans it as a positive image. This is very cool because I have a lot of negatives that I no longer have prints of, and a lot of slides that I’ve never had prints for – and I don’t own a slide projector, so those slides have been pretty much unseen for a long time.

I quickly set it up and dug up some old slides and negatives – and it works! I’ve selected one in particular to show you here:

I’ve written before about the 9 months I spent on the road performing The Wizard of Oz from coast to coast, but this is the first time I’ve run a photo from the show because the only two photos I had handy were kind of lousy. But CC, who designed the costumes for the show and supervised their construction, had this slide in her archives. That’s me on the far right, welcoming everyone to the Emerald City (I also played Uncle Henry, the Wizard, and a munchkin).

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