Bill's slides

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Slides

This directory contains scans of about 400 35mm color slides taken by my late father-in-law H. William Stolmack. Bill and Molly's slides were not well organized when I inherited them in 2014. I reorganized them chronologically (roughly) in 10/2014, scanned them in 11/2014 using my Nikon Coolscan 5000 at 4000 dpi (producing uncropped 5782 px x 3946 px scans), and finally got around to cataloging and posting the scanned images in 2/2019 (how time flies!). Most of the slides are Kodachrome, and most of those survived the passing years well. Some used other color processes and are now badly faded. The slides were not well cared for, and I didn't perform extensive per-slide cleanup before scanning, so many of the scans show scatches or dirt.

The earliest slides were taken in Guam while Bill was stationed there in WWII. He took slides through the early 1960s, but then switched to prints. I believe the few post-1962 slides listed here were taken by other people.

Slides are grouped here chronologically. Dates for earlier slides are just educated guesses (directory names yyyy or yyyya etc.), but most slides developed after 3/1959 have datestamps (month and year) on the slide mount (directory names yyyy_mm). Kodak slide mounts provide hints to approximate dates in the era before slide mount datestamps. A few slides have caption/date information handwritten by Molly on the slide mount.


1945 Bill Stolmack photos from Kodachrome 35mm faded color slides in undated slide mounts.
Location: Guam during Bill's WWII US Navy service.
Approximate date 1945.
1946 Molly/Bill from badly faded 35mm slides in undated Ansco color slide mounts.
Approximate date 1946-1947 per Molly's handwritten captions.
1947 Molly/Bill from Kodachrome 35mm color slides in undated slide mounts.
Approximate date 1946-1947.
1948a Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Dated per handwritten notations by MKS on the slide mounts.
1948b From Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Painted Desert and Grand Canyon.
Approximate date 1948.
1948c Molly/Bill from badly faded 35mm slides in undated Drewry Photocolor slide mounts.
Molly pregnant with Alan.
Approximate date 1948.
1949a Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Dated per handwritten notations by MKS on the slide mounts.
1949b Molly/Bill/Alan from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Alan's first steps, Youngstown.
Approximate date 1949 per Alan's age.
1949c Molly/Bill/Alan from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Boulder Dam, Lake Mead.
Approximate date 1949.
1949d Molly/Bill/Alan from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Trip to Chicago and Youngstown.
Approximate date 1949 per Alan's age.
1950a Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
1950 is just a compomise dating: the mounts date these to 1948-1952.
A few have handwritten notations by MKS on the slide mounts.
1950b From Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts: Bari as a baby.
Date: 1950.
1952a Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Approximate date 1952 per kids' ages and slide mount dating.
Yosemite.
1952b Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Approximate date 1952 per kids' ages and slide mount dating.
1953 Alan/Bari from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Alan & Bari at Fairyland in Oakland.
Approximate date 1953 per kids' ages and slide mount dating.
1956 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay) from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
A few have dates handwritten on the slide mount by MKS, e.g., "ca. 1956".
Location: Lake Tahoe.
1958 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides in undated slide mounts.
Date 1958 is purely a guess. Alan playing baseball.
1959 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides (processed by Technicolor) in undated gray slide mounts.
Date 1959 is purely a guess.
1959_03 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides (processed by Technicolor) developed 3/1959.
These are the earliest HWS slides with slide mount datestamps.
1960_03 Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides developed 3/1960.
1961_01 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides (processed by Technicolor) developed 1/1961; location unknown.
1961_09 Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides (processed by Technicolor) developed 9/1961.
1962 Undated 35mm color slides from a single roll of film, mounts labeled "COLOR TRANSPARENCY".
Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari/Jay Stolmack, Oscar/Rose Nieponice: Ferry trip on SF Bay.
Estimated date 1962, guessing from kid's ages (ca. 14/12/8).
1962_02 Molly/Alan/Bari/Jay from Kodachrome 35mm slides (processed by Technicolor) developed 2/1962.
1970 Two half-frame 35mm color slides (from HWS).
Slide mount label: "LOJAS BETTEGA S.A. / CURITIBA PR" (i.e, Curitiba Brazil).
Presumably the unknown figure in the pictures is a Brazilian student (Luis Roberto?) who stayed with Molly & Bill.
Undated; guessing date to be ca. 1970 (based solely on car).
1971_12 Baby Amanda pix from Kodachrome 35mm color slides processed 12/1971, presumably taken by Peter Grant.
Handwritten date "11/73" and location "Arrowhead" on slide mounts.
1973_04 Molly/Bill/Jay/Amanda at 5720 Moraga; Molly and Evonne Grant in SF.
From Kodachrome 35mm color slides developed 4/1973, presumably taken by Peter Grant.
1975_07 Family gathering at 5720 Moraga.
Molly/Bill/Alan/Bari/Jay/Lee/Amanda Stolmack, Minnie/Joe/Susan/Ruth Jurow, Evonne/Peter Grant.
From Kodachrome 35mm color slides developed 7/1975, presumably taken by Peter Grant.
1984_07 Artichoke farmers Molly & Bill in their backyard at 5720 Moraga in Oakland (from 35mm Kodachrome slide developed 7/1984).
Nurnberg Undated commerical 35mm color slides of Nürnberg Germany (from HWS).
Slide mounts labeled "C.-P.-C. Color-Dia".