1960 - Lorraine J. Ford's slides of Hong Kong - Part 2
In Part 1, we looked at the slides Ms. Lorraine J. Ford took with her own camera when she visited Hong Kong in May 1960. Today we'll look at the first of two sets of commercially-taken slides that she bought during her visit. There's good news that there are lots more scenes than in Part 1, but also bad news in that time hasn't been kind to the bought slides. Many of them have developed a strong red tint, so when I scan them they look like this:
Lorraine's own slides were taken on Kodachrome film. It had to be sent back to Kodak for processing, but the results were excellent and the processed slides have a very long life.
However the bought slides were taken on Ektachrome film, which the photographer could develop themselves to save time and money. Unfortunately the Ektachrome film in use in 1960 is now known to age badly. Its cyan layer - the blue-green colours - tends to fade away, producing the effect shown above. The problem can also be be made worse by careless developing of the film, so even among the bought slides some will be worse than others.
I've edited the scanned slides to make them look closer to their original colours, but I can't promise they're 100% accurate. You'll see a couple that were so far gone I've just given up and converted them to black & white. I've also added the sellers' captions, complete with original typos.
Despite those warnings there's still plenty to enjoy in these scenes:
Please click on any photo and leave a comment on its page if you can add any information about the scene.
(Did you spot the surprise in photo "A45 A hawker HK"? Click on that photo to get the details.)