Vintage Photos - Oestreicher (1361-1364)

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See the previous post in this series here.

I made some impulse buys after getting a new scanner and picked up a huge batch of slides a while back. These pictures span from as early as the late 1940s to as late as the early 1990s. These were from Goodwill and eBay but some were originally from estate sales. There are many thousands of these slides. I will be scanning some from time to time and posting them here for posterity.

Getting your pictures processed as slides used to be pretty common but it was a phenomenon I missed out on. However, my Grandfather had a few dozen slides from the late 1950s that I acquired after he died. That along with having some negatives I wanted to scan is what prompted me to buy a flatbed scanner that could handle slides and negatives, an Epson V600. It can scan up to four slides at a time with various post-processing options and does a decent enough job for what I was willing to spend.

This set continues a large batch of slides that originally came from an estate sale and appear to have belonged to a locally well known photographer, or perhaps a friend or family member, from the Spokane Washington area and later Northern Idaho named Leo Oestreicher. He was known for his portrait and landscape photography and especially for post cards. His career started in the 1930s and he died in 1990. These slides contain a lot of landscape and portrait photos but also a lot of photos from day to day life and various vacations around the world. Here's an article on him from 1997 which is the only info I have found on him: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1997/jan/04/photos-of-a-lifetime-museum-acquisition-of-leo/

Many of these slides had the date they were processed stamped or printed on them. I expect that in MOST cases these photos were taken relatively near the processing date.

Click the link below to also see versions processed with color restoration and Digital ICE which is a hardware based dust and scratch remover, a feature of the Epson V600 scanner I am using. There are also versions processed with the simpler dust removal option along with color restoration.

None of the photos in this set are labeled or dated but they were all probably taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s. I'm posting the versions processed with color restoration and Digital ICE since these were so badly faded. The first photo features a building with a sign that says "Edison Laboratory" (at least I think that is what is says). I guess this could be one of Edison's several laboratories scattered about the country or maybe a replica. However, I could not identify it. The next two photos feature bee hives. These appear to have been taken in Florida or possibly somewhere else in the Southeast. A few other photos of these bees have appeared in previous sets. The last photo shows a bunch of logs attached to one another along with cables and a shed on pontoons. Looks like maybe some sort of aquatic farming venture. Given the mountains visible in the photo, I would say this was taken somewhere in the Pacific Northwest or perhaps on a lake somewhere else in the Western part of the country.










The entire collection that has been scanned and uploaded so far can also be found here.



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I just found these posts, this is an awesome series! I love seeing the world as it was long ago through the lens of every day people living then. Keep posting!

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