Forging On

I’ve been diligently working away at transcribing my Great-Great Aunt’s Diaries.   I try to do a month every evening as well as put it up on t’web – Aunt Kate’s Diaries

I have just started the Diary for 1918 and only (hang on, let me work it out….) another 43 to go!  I should have this project finished in approximately 3 years with maybe some time off for good behaviour.

The history is fascinating – both the family and the world. Pathé news is a great source of film for world events and I try to include them where applicable.

I also add any family photos that are relevant and I think they just make Aunt Kate’s life more real, for me.

This is Alys (my great grand-mother and Kate’s sister) with her two children, Eva (my grand-mother) and Philip (my great-uncle).  I love the progression of the situation.  Eva starts most definitely in a bad mood. Then the photographer obviously said to Eva “please smile” (so a grimace) and then when she’s got what she wanted, a natural beautiful smile, all relaxed and happy.

I am busy scanning and sorting boxes of photos and this is not as easy as it seems.  My scanner is ancient and cranky.  I am not sure what are the perfect “settings” (ie dpi) for the photos, which I then process in Lightroom afterwards.  If anyone can enlighten me, please help. I would be very grateful.

Eva aged 2

Philip and Eva

1917 – Dennis (father) home on leave with Philip and Eva.  Dennis was in the Royal Army Medical Corps stationed at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Southampton.

I find this all fascinating. Is anyone reading the diaries? Sometimes I think it is just me but I don’t mind. I will keep going until they are finished.  I said I would.


3 thoughts on “Forging On

  1. Judith Garbutt

    I keep dipping into them, Frances – definitely fascinating. It will be interesting to see how their lives change after the end of the 14/18 war.

  2. rHeather

    I can see a resemblance between you and Eva. It’s the shape of her jaw and chin in the slightly older picture. So cool!

  3. May

    There isn’t a “perfect” dpi setting; it depends on what you’re using the image for. Device screens can only see so many pixels, so an image with more pixels then it needs would make the file size bigger than it needs to be. This effects load time when people view the image.

    On the other hand, printers need a high-resolution image or they look awful.

    Since you can always save a file to a lower resolution but not to a higher one (you can’t add details that aren’t there), I would recommend scanning the images at a high resolution for your backup. Then do a “Save As” to a lower resolution screen image. Send that smaller file to your Aunt Katie’s website.

    (Devices and internet connections keep getting better all the time so soon you’d only need the high-resolution image for all uses and what’s considered “high” will keep going up.)


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