Friday Slide Scan #14 is four of Dad’s fireworks pictures, all over forty years old.

Fireworks in Corvallis, Oregon, 1957
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Fireworks in Corvallis, Oregon, 1957-1961
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Fireworks in Corvallis, Oregon, 1957-1961
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Fireworks in Corvallis, Oregon, 1957-1961

The first is clearly dated 1957 and the others simply marked “Corvallis”. That would be Corvallis, Oregon, where Dad was getting his Ph.D. at OSU. He graduated, and we moved to Lebanon, in 1962, so that’s an upper bound on the dates.

The years may be in doubt, but the rest isn’t; these would all have been taken on July 4th of whichever year. I can remember (less than seven years old, but I remember) watching Dad brace the camera against a tree, pointing at the fireworks and holding the button down.

Images in the Friday Slide Scans are from 35mm slides taken between 1953 and 2003 by (in rough chronological order) Bill Bray, Jean Bray, Tim Bray, Cath Bray, and Lauren Wood; when I know exactly who took one, I’ll say; in this case, Bill Bray. Most but not all of the slides were on Kodachrome; they were digitized using a Nikon CoolScan 4000 ED scanner and cleaned up by a combination of the Nikon scanning software and PhotoShop Elements.


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