While my wife went shopping…

While my wife unexpectedly had the afternoon off to go shopping with a 41-year old friend who looks like she’s still 31, hours after eating with friends, one who’s 24 and looks 24, with her father, 57 going on 58, I dug through the material my grandfather left behind, including a box of slides.

Thanks to a simple return policy by Wolverine Data, I received a working F2D14 scanner in the mail this afternoon.

Pulling a few sample slides, I scanned them and provide them here as samples that have sat for decades in a US Navy sea chest tucked in the back of an outdoor utility closet in south Florida:

My grandfather, the pirate

My grandfather, the pirate

My mother, me and my father

My mother, me and my father

Four generations of the Eldridge clan - Dad, Nana, me and Great-Granddad

Four generations of the Eldridge clan – Dad, his mother, me and Great-Granddad

My grandmother at a hotel swimming pool, elegantly dressed as usual

My grandmother at a hotel swimming pool, elegantly dressed as usual

An artistic photo by my grandfather

An artistic photo by my grandfather

Monticello, when women and girls wore skirts, sweaters and pretty smiles.

Monticello, when women and girls wore skirts, sweaters and pretty smiles.

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