PNN's slides

Directory /home/photo/pnn contains about 3000 digitized images from 35mm color slides taken by my father P. Norman Ness (PNN). PNN took the pre-1956 slides with his Kodak 35 and later slides with his Leica M3. Most of the slides are Kodachrome originals, but a few are duplicates (now mostly faded, while the Kodachrome originals mostly remain vibrant).

I digitized PNN's slides starting 7/30/08 using a Nikon Coolscan 5000, 5782 x 3946 pixels, TIFF output, 16 bit color depth. The scanner produces huge TIFF files, subsequently reduced by ImageMagick to full-resolution JPEG images and JPEG thumbnails, with the huge TIFFs archived. I finished digitizing in 2014, and in 2021 I finally got around to cropping the images. A few later slides remain unorganized, mostly because they are less interesting to me, but eventually tie up all the loose ends.

PNN stored almost all of his slides in Kodak Cavalcade slide trays, each holding up to 40 slides. Each was kept inside its original cardboard box, fairly dustproof, so most slides are extremely well preserved. Some tray boxes were serially numbered, some not. Trays from 1962 and later were dated, earlier were undated. Most trays were grouped by date, some by subject ("Dave", "Jack & Lorraine"). My mother Eleanor Ness (ERN) made some notes on individual slide subjects, but usually without much detail.

Kodak dated Kodachome slide mounts with the processing month and year starting in 1958. This Kodachrome slide mount chart helps determine dates of earlier slides. In brief:

I reorganized PNN's slides chronologically by Kodak processing datestamp, with estimated dates for earlier undated slides. Undated slides are in directories pnn/year/year_a etc.; the earliest appear to be from 1949 or 1950; no mounts have just "Kodachrome" rather than "Kodachrome / Transparency". Dated slides are in directories pnn/year/year_month, sometimes broken up by subject into pnn/year/year_month_a etc. A single subject on multiple rolls developed on different dates is filed by the earlier date. The development date may of course be much later than the actual photo date (e.g., Queen Mary slides: 4/1962 for one roll, 7/1963 for the next).

The table below summarizes date, location and description information for each group of slides. readme.txt file in each directory gives more detailed information.

Jump to year:

1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1977 1979

Year Directory Location Description Details
1950 1950_a Alexandria MN
Detroit Lakes MN
PNN/ERN/DN/SAN at lake cabin, probably on Lake L'Homme Dieu near Alexandria MN.
PNN/ERN/DN/SAN at Fair Hills resort, Detroit Lakes, MN.
1950_b Cambridge MA
Boston MA
PNN's Harvard Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Boston sightseeing: Fenway Park, Minuteman statue, USS Constitution.
1950_c New York NY New York City: harbor tour views, skyline, seals in Central Park. Details
1950_d Minneapolis MN Family pictures 5/49-5/52, all taken at 2516 West 22nd Street. Details
1950_e Various Catch-all directory: slide mounts 5/49-5/52, not taken at 2516 or 2415. Details
1950_f Minneapolis MN SAN with Grandma and Grandpa Rubin. Details
1950_g Starbuck MN Grandpa Ness at Starbuck graveyard; Ness family at beach. Details
1951 1951_a Duluth MN Family trip to Duluth with the Andersons. PNN/ERN/DN/SAN, Jack/Lorraine/Judy/Jackie Anderson. Details
1951_b Lanesboro MN
Rushford MN
At Bill & Stella Higham's, Lanesboro, and boating on the river, possibly near Winona MN. See also later Lanesboro pix.
Higham family reunion in Rushford MN.
1951_c Niagara Falls NY Niagara Falls with family friend Evelyn Hallin ("Evie"). Details
1951_d Great Lakes ERN/DN/SAN voyage with Evelyn Hallin on Great Lakes grain boat Richard J. Reiss. Details
1951_e Minneapolis MN Family pictures 5/49-5/52, all taken at 2415 West 22nd Street. Details
1951_f New England PNN/ERN/DN/SAN vacation trip to New England with family friend Evelyn Hallin. Details
1952 1952_a Lanesboro MN At Bill & Stella Higham's, Lanesboro. See also earlier Lanesboro pix. Details
1952_b New England
PNN/ERN/DN/ERN trip with Evelyn Hallin through New England to Canada to visit friends Lola & Fuzzy. Details
1953 1953_a New Orleans LA
Biloxi MS
PNN/ERN/DN/SAN family vacation with Evelyn Hallin.
Surf and Sand Motel, Biloxi MS, via Vicksburg, Natchez, New Orleans.
1953_b Minnesota Family holiday event at house of George Rubin (SAN's uncle). Details
1953_c Various Catch-all directory: slide mounts 5/52-8/55, not taken at 2415. Details
1954 1954_a Minneapolis MN Family pictures 5/52-8/55, all taken at 2415 West 22nd Street. Details
1955 1955_a Cairo IL SAN/ERN in Cairo, IL hospital after auto accident near Bardwell, KY. Details
1955_b Rushford MN Visit to Higham family farm, probably in Rushford or Peterson MN. Details
1955_c Duluth MN Dedication of Great Lakes ore boat Henry LaLiberté. Details
1955_d Minneapolis MN International Multifoods Christmas party at 2415. Details
1956 1956_a Starbuck MN Ness family gathering at Lake Minnewashka, Starbuck, MN (or possibly at Alvin's lake place). Details
1956_b St. Petersburg FL PNN/ERN/SAN family vacation at Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, FL. Details
1956_c Great Lakes ERN/SAN trip on Great Lakes grain boat John O. McKellar. Details
1956_d Minneapolis MN Family pictures 8/55-7/57, all taken at 2415 West 22nd Street. Details
1956_e Various Catch-all directory: slide mounts 8/55-7/57, not taken at 2415. Details
1956_f Washington DC / NYC PNN trip to Washington DC / NYC / Boston (without family). Details
1957 1957_a Minneapolis MN 90th birthday party for Eleanor's foster mother Emma Swanson, at our house (2415 West 22nd Street). Details
1957_b Minneapolis MN David Ness: high school graduation, high school prom, high school friends. Details
1957_c Cambridge MA MIT, presumably take while when delivering DN as freshman (although DN is not pictured). Details
1957_d St. Petersburg FL ERN & SAN at Treasure Island Motel, St. Pete. Details
1957_e Canada Half a dozen commercial slides (not PNN originals) of Lake Louise etc. Details
1957_f Minnesota PNN/ERN's bridge club, at the lake and at 2415 for Christmas. Details
1958 1958_03a Minneapolis MN Christmas 1957 at 2415. Details
1958_03b Pompano Beach FL PNN/ERN/SAN family vacation at Sunset Villas, Pompano Beach, FL. Alastair & Germaine Guthrie. Details
1958_07a Minneapolis MN SAN's sixth grade Kenwood School class in backyard at 2415 West 22nd Street. Details
1958_07b New London MN Ness family event at Rhoda & Alvin's, New London. Details
1958_07c Minneapolis MN Emma Swanson & ERN. DN with his red MG-A, also with Dorothy & Bud Zachor. Details
1958_07d Minnesota PNN/ERN's bridge club at the lake.
1958_12a Starbuck MN Ness family event, probably birthday party for Anton Ness, presumably at Starbuck MN.
DN & Anton in DN's red MG at Starbuck cemetery.
1958_12b Minneapolis MN Christmas 1958 at 2415: DN with high school friends, PNN/ERN/DN/SAN, aunt Dorothy, Evelyn Hallin. Details
1958_12c Minnesota At Jack & Lorraine Anderson's cabin, summer 1958. Details
1959 1959_12a Minneapolis MN Christmas 1959 at 2415; neighbors Virginia Kivits, Mrs. Walker. Details
1959_12b St. Petersburg FL PNN/ERN/SAN family vacation at El Sirata Motel, St. Pete. NY Yankees spring training. Details
1960 1960_12a Minneapolis MN Christmas 1960 at 2415. Details
1960_12b St. Petersburg FL PNN/ERN/SAN family vacation to St. Pete. Details
1960_12c Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN office Christmas card party in basement at 2415. Details
1960_12d Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN/SAN in front of Christmas tree, Christmas 1960. Details
1961 1961_04 Minneapolis MN Closeups in profile of PNN and SAN. Details
1961_07a New York NY
Washington DC
UN, Queen Mary.
U.S. Capitol.
1961_07b Starbuck MN Anton Ness at his new residence, the Minnewashka Lutheran Home. Details
1961_10a Florida PNN/ERN trip to Florida with Lorraine & Jack Anderson. Ft. Lauderdale, Cypress Gardens. Details
1961_10b Berlin DN in front of newly built Berlin wall. Details
1961_10c Starbuck MN Anton Ness in front of his residence, Minnewashka Lutheran Home. Details
1962 1962_04a Minneapolis MN SAN at 2415 with much snow. Details
1962_04b Unknown ERN and Lorraine Anderson. Details
1962_04c Europe PNN/ERN/SAN trip to Europe to visit DN at Oxford.
London; Liechtenstein (per ERN note), Stuttgart, Neuschwanstein, Munich;
Rhein, with Luh family (DN's AFS family) near Wiesbaden, Basel;
Oxford, Queen Mary at Southhampton.
1962_04d Queen Mary PNN/ERN/SAN return from Europe on Queen Mary, Southhampton to NYC. Details
1962_07 Great Lakes Trip on Great Lakes ore boat John T. Hutchinson: ERN/SAN, Dick Paronto, Lill (Sundblad?). Details
1963 1963_07a Minneapolis MN Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, 2415, 2765, SAN in prom attire. Details
1963_07b Minnesota PNN/ERN's bridge club at the lake.
1963_12 Minneapolis MN Christmas 1963 holiday dinner: PNN/ERN/DN, Dorothy/Bud, George/Jenny Rubin, Roy/Virginia Kivits. Details
1964 1964_04a Boca Raton, FL PNN/ERN vacation at Alastair Gutherie's in Boca Raton. Details
1964_04b Europe Oxford and France with DN, per ERN's label (though SAN is skeptical). Details
1964_06 New York NY SAN arriving on SS Seven Seas after AFS year abroad. Details
1964_07 Minneapolis MN ERN, Bud & Dorothy Zachor, Helen & George Rubin, Evelyn Hallin in kitchen at 2765 Thomas. Details
1964_11 Moscow PNN business trip to Moscow. Details
1964_12 Unknown Sunset and harbor from airplane. Details
1965 1965_03 Minneapolis MN ERN's uncle Ben Rubin. Party at 2415 for George & Jennie Rubin. Details
1965_06 Minneapolis MN DN in front of garage at 2765 with lots of snow. Details
1965_10 Scandanavia PNN/ERN trip to Norway and Sweden, including visits to relatives. Details
1965_12 Minneapolis MN International Multifoods office Christmas party in basement at 2415.
SAN and friends: holiday dinner at basement. Bud & Dorothy, Jenny.
1966 1966_02 Venezuela (?) PNN business trip to South America (presumably Venezuela). Details
1966_05 Colorado PNN/ERN at Colorado; drastically overexposed. Details
1966_07 Austria ERN & SAN in Austria (Schloss Fuschl, Innsbruck); overexposed. Details
1966_09 Europe Extensive PNN/ERN trip to Europe:
Paris, Schloss Fuschl (Austria), Vienna, Venice, Paula (?), Redika, Split, Dubrovnik, St. Stephan, Rome.
1967 1967_02 Minneapolis MN DN and his girlfriend Sue with lots of snow at 2765. Details
1967_08a Minnesota Jack & Lorraine Anderson, ERN at Anderson's lake cottage. Details
1967_08b Starbuck MN PNN, Alvin and Anton Ness celebrating Anton's birthday. Details
1967_09 Unknown PNN & ERN, perhaps at Jack & Lorraine's cabin. Details
1967_10 Europe PNN & ERN trip to Europe:
Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Mettmann, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Switzerland, Madrid, Lisbon.
1968 1968_08 Cambridge MA SAN / Haven Morgan wedding. Details
1968_10a London PNN/ERN trip to Europe with Lorraine & Jack Anderson. Details
1968_10b Minnesota PNN/ERN's bridge club at the lake and at Freeberg's house.
1968_10c Rushford MN PNN/ERN & Lina Ness visit Alvin & Rhoda Ness, Bill & Stella Higham. Details
1969 1969_06a California PNN/ERN in Palo Alto and Laguna Beach, including SAN/Haven and Gladys. Details
1969_06b Minnesota PNN/ERN's bridge club at the lake.
1969_07 Minneapolis MN Moonrise over Lake Calhoun from the Minikahda Club. Details
1969_09 Europe PNN/ERN trip to Europe: Switzerland, Italy (Florence), Madrid. Details
1969_10 Rushford MN PNN/ERN visit Rob and Clarice Higham. Details
1969_12 Unknown Lorraine Anderson, PNN, ERN at dinner. Details
1970 1970_01a Minneapolis MN (?) PNN/ERN's bridge club.
1970_01b Laguna Beach CA PNN/ERN in Laguna. Details
1970_10a Vermont DN & Susan at DN's cottage in Vermont. Details
1970_10b Minneapolis MN PNN, ERN, Evelyn Hallin with unknown couple. Details
1970_10c Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's bridge club at 2765.
1971 1971_10a Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's bridge club.
1971_10b Minneapolis MN House and garden at 2765 Thomas Avenue South. Evelyn Hallin & Lil Sundblad. Details
1972 1972_07a Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's bridge club anniversary dinner for Freebergs.
1972_07b Rushford MN (?) PNN/ERN & Gladys Ness at Higham family reunion. Details
1972_07c Minneapolis MN (?) ERN and her birthday club. Details
1973 1973_01 Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's bridge club.
1973_02 Minneapolis MN DN & Susan with PNN/ERN and family friend Evelyn Hallin. Details
1973_09 Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's bridge club at the lake.
1973_10 Rushford MN PNN/ERN at Higham family reunion with Alvin & Lester Ness. Details
1973_11 Garden City NY David Ness / Susan Schneider wedding. Details
1974 1974_02 Rushford MN (?) PNN/ERN visit Bill & Stella Higham. Details
1974_10 Unknown PNN/ERN. Details
1976 1976_12 Minneapolis MN PNN at beginning of skin cancer treatment (see also later 5/1977). ERN jewelry for insurance purposes. Details
1977 1977_05 Minneapolis MN PNN continuing skin cancer treatment (see also earlier 12/1976 slides). Details
1979 1979_03a Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN's house at 3818 Washburn Avenue South. Details
1979_03b Rushford MN Highum family reunion / picnic on the farm. Details
1982 1982_06 Minneapolis MN PNN/ERN headstone at Lakewood cemetery. Details