More than a year ago I came across this negative and I knew I had to have it. It is a 3×4 negative made on Kodak Safety Film. The sleeve it came in indicated there should be 2 negatives and 1 print, but at some point in its life in the antique shop, the other negative and the print were separated from this one.
Shortly after I obtained it, Apple stopped supporting the scanner I have (it’s nearly 10 years old after all) and I lost my ability to scan negatives. Oh the frustration! Especially in light of the fact that this week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is “flight.” You can just tell this is a fellow sitting in a plane. A fellow blogger gave me some suggestions from her son, and lo and behold, I came up with this.
It must have been a bright day because the exposure isn’t very good, but you can clearly see it is a photo of a photo, titled “Mr Slack Bleriot Flyer” and then another word I can’t make out. The sleeve of the negative says “Pilot is a good one. Took a correspondence course in flying!” and also indicates it is French, dated to 1909.
In researching the Bleriot Flyer, I learned that the inventor – Louis Charles-Joseph Bleriot – had his first flight in 1907 and by 1909 was selling planes known for their performance and quality. Even more interesting, the subject of this particular photo bears some resemblance to Bleriot the inventor, all be it comparing a fuzzy 100 year old negative image to a webpage. This is a wiki on Bleriot if you wish additional information on one of the first planes in France and also photos of Mr Bleriot.
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BY POPULAR DEMAND I scanned the negative as a positive, a regular photo. I then took the image into GIMP, a free program that works like Photoshop. I then inverted the colors. If I had more experience with these types of programs I could play around with contrast and sharpness to get a better, more clear image. But I don’t, lol. If you have Photoshop you don’t need GIMP, but if you do not have Photoshop and don’t want to buy it, GIMP is a great, free download that works nearly the same way. I have an Epson Perfection 4870 scanner, pretty old, and am using an iMac. Your experience may differ based on your equipment.