film slide preservation

The Heritage Photography Collection

Just in time for Mother's Day, Gerald & Joan is excited to introduce the Heritage Photography Collection.

In addition to our film and photo preservation services, we now offer professional-quality, vintage-inspired photo printing featuring a variety of finishes -- glossy, linen, matte and metallic photo papers, various borders and sizes and a variety of editing treatments including converting your photos and film to black and white, sepia and custom colors. Whether your images have been in your family for decades or they're new heirlooms, we will ensure they'll be a part of your story for generations to come. Our favorite sizes are 4x6, 5x5 and 5x7, but custom photo sizes and packages (of two images or one hundred!) are also available.

Not sure which treatment works for your images? We would be happy to recommend a plan that fits your images and your budget! Contact us today to learn more.


the hardin family in kodachrome


I love these Kodak Kodachrome photos of Gerald and Sadie with their only son Greg from the late 1950s. At this time, Gerald was in the army, so the young family lived in Georgia. I love that Sadie is wearing full makeup with her pajamas. Aren't they the perfect example of a 1950s couple? Their bedroom suite and curtains are so typical of the time. I especially love their floral garbage can. Jonathan and I have a similar one in our bathroom today.

Our Kodachrome obsession isn't a new one. You might remember these Kodachrome images of my great-grandmother Elsie and my mother Julie from the same period. Our Christmas card collection featured Kodachrome images from the 1940s, and we also shared these Kodachrome images of Ohio in the fall.

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Vintage Palos Verdes, California

For the past year, Palos Verdes, California (and the South Bay area in general) has been recurring theme on this blog (the most recent post was this one). PV was my family's home from 1960 to 1973. When my great-grandmother Elsie passed away in 1973, she asked that the house be sold and that her ashes be spread over the Pacific Ocean near PV. Her three children respected those wishes. Both of her daughters remained in California, but neither one lived in Palos Verdes again. As a child, I don't remember visiting PV very much. I think the first trip we made up the peninsula was in 1994, but I remember that it had a huge impact on me. I wanted to visit PV during every vacation, but I think we only visited one or two other times before Joan's death in 2003. After our first California vacation together in 2005, Jonathan and I began spending more time in the South Bay area, and our day trips to PV became highlights. The combination of the natural beauty of the coastline and the pristine mid-century California homes captured our hearts. After scanning so many film slides over the past few months, it became clear to me that we are drawn there for other reasons as well. It is part of our history and our family's story.

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La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes, California around 1960.

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Palos Verdes, California circa 1960.

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Elsie's home in Palos Verdes, circa 1960.

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A view of the South Bay - Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches -- from Palos Verdes, circa 1960.

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Elsie at the beach, circa 1960.

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Looking up the hill from Elsie's backyard, circa 1960.

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Beautiful mid-century Palos Verdes homes, circa 1960.

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A view of Elsie's backyard in Palos Verdes, taken around 1960.

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Another view of the South Bay, taken around 1960.

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Malaga Cove Plaza, circa 1960.


And just for fun...a recent shot of the same fountain!

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Also in Malaga Cove Plaza was the Palos Verdes General Store, circa 1960.


Here's the same building in recent years.

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A view of La Venta Inn, looking down over Elsie's house, circa 1960.

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Me and Jonathan in that same spot on our first trip to PV together in 2005. Elsie's house is to our right with the skylight.

All of the above images from 1960 are from our family's film archives and were scanned and converted to digital images by Gerald and Joan. If you are interested in having us scan and preserve your family's film slides or images, contact us here. The recent images of California were taken by my mother.

Preserving Film Slides

As I've mentioned several times over the past few months, I inherited many boxes of vintage family film slides in September. Over the past month, I have been using my film scanner to scan, edit and preserve these slides. It has been a tedious process, but it is one that is well worth the time because so many of the images haven't been seen for 50 years. I was not yet born when my family lived in Palos Verdes, California. My family previously lived in Anchorage, Alaska (my grandparents and mother) and Green Mills, Ohio (my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents). As I never spent time in either of those places but heard about them growing up, these images are like a time machine that has taken me back through history to meet the people I never had the opportunity to know and see the places I wasn't able to experience first-hand. It has been a truly incredible, almost out-of-body experience. After sharing this project with family, friends and neighbors, I have been surprised by how many of them have similar boxes of slides that are decaying in their closets and attics. The combination of their stories and my own have inspired me to offer film and photo scanning, editing and archiving as services of Gerald & Joan when our new website launches later this season. My own family's stories have become such an integral part of this blog that it only seems fitting that the preservation of other people's stories should be a part of Gerald & Joan as well.

Here are just a few of the people and places I've seen lately:

Mr. Benham

My great-grandmother's second husband, Kent W. Benham, at their home in Palos Verdes, California.

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Joan, Julie and Elsie in Palos Verdes, California.

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Elsie with her granddaughters, Cheri and Julie, in Green Mills, Ohio, several years before their move to California.

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Elsie visiting Julie in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Julie visiting her grandfather Clyde in Green Mills, Ohio shortly before his passing.