I copied some old pictures I had. I started editing them on the computer and found that not only could I cut out the green lawn chair I might have used to place the picture on to copy it, but I could blow up the pictures and see much greater detail. I started copying a lot of the printed pictures that I had over into this format. I have over 8,000 pictures in digital now. Think about those tiny little 2x3 shots you have. I found one of my mom that I absolutely love. In it I always thought she was giving that kind of shy look that I often saw. When I blew it up she was smiling and happily looking at someone off camera. She was wearing jewelry and dressed very prettily. It just gave a whole new meaning to that picture. OK, now I have you curious, so here:
That's my dad's sister, Vera Edith Mullins Murphy, my dad, J. D. Mullins and my mom, Cora Bentley Mullins. Aunt Vera was in nursing school and my grandparents, Mom and Dad had gone down to visit her in Knoxville, Tennessee. When I had scanned a picture and blew it up, I got fuzzy pictures. When I take them with the digital I get so much detail.
Anyway, back to collecting and taking pictures. I decided that I wanted to retake some of the pictures that I had collected. I was in Millstone last October. I went to Uncle Joe to see if I could go thru his pictures. He said that he had given all the pictures to Kris, but he did have a few that he had come across. He said it was taken when he was working a mine that Uncle Willie owned. I forgot to ask him if he remembered who took the pictures.
I went online to the University of Kentucky's site called the Kentucky Virtual Library. I went through 50,000 pictures there and downloaded about 700 of them. A very few were actually family members, but the majority were places and things that I wanted my grandkids to be able to see. A good number of them had to do with mining and came from the Consolidated Coal Company's collection of pictures taken at Jenkins. I lost them all when my computer crashed in November. I had made copies on CD and given them out to family at our Mullins Reunion, but I haven't borrowed anyone's copy back yet to replace my own loss.
These are the pictures of Uncle Joe in the mines and are much better than any that were in the Kentucky Virtual Library: