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    Developing old negatives

    My mom recently found a envelope stuffed full of old negatives. I'm not how old, but I'd say 1950's or 1960's. Each negative has one shot and is slightly larger than a wallet size print.

    If I do break down and get a flatbed that can scan film, I may try scanning and printing them myself, but if not, does anyone know how to identify the film type (so far I can't find anything on the negative itself to narrow it down) and find a lab that could develop prints from them?
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    Re: Developing old negatives

    If it is noticeably larger than 35mm film, it most likely is 127.

    127 film was not always marked! As I recall most of it was originally manufactured by KODAK and then AGFA later. There was both negative and positive (slide) film available at one time. I have a few Ektachrome slides from a point and shoot that are in that size. 1960's era as I recall for most of them.

    B/W film you could make a contact print with to see if the images are anything you want to enlarge. If color negative, you can make a B/W contact print too. Not as good but it might be easier than peering through a loupe or magnifier trying to figure out what is on the negatives. The worst thing is with color films is they deteriorate and the color may have shifted. A lot of scanner software can fix this but it isn't always perfect on the automatic setting.

    Can you measure one of the negatives. 127 film is about 1.5 inches square as I recall without getting out the ruler.

    126 film on the other hand is just slightly over an inch square.

    Does this help??
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    Re: Developing old negatives

    I'm a little confused? Are you saying you need the film developed, or just scanned?
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    Re: Developing old negatives

    Either. I don't have a scanner that works for negatives yet, but I'm debating getting one. In the end, I'd like to get them reprinted, either by printing them myself after scanning, or by sending them out. I'll see if I can't measure them. They're rectangular and not square I think.
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    Re: Developing old negatives

    My Epson scanner will scan MF and 35mm, not sure it will do 127. You might should check before investing in a scanner.
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