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Messages - Ray T

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It is possible that you'll damage them by cleaning so I'd certainly try scanning them before cleaning.

If they're so dirty that cleaning is the only option, as a last resort, I'd start by simply sticking them under the cold tap to rinse the muck off them. A final dip in clean water with a decent glug of methylated spirits will help and speed the drying process. Your biggest problem will be to find somewhere and some way of drying them. You don't want anything to touch the surface (particularly the emulsion side) otherwise it will leave a mark.

Someone will now come along and tell you I'm talking utter rubbish and the last thing you should do with negatives is clean them never mind get them wet ...... but bear in mind that the negatives were wet when they were processed and the final stage of that process involved washing them in copious amounts of water and drying them again. Over the years I've washed and dried more negatives than most people have had hot dinners!

Technical Help / Re: What does 001 mean?
« on: Monday 16 July 18 21:46 BST (UK)  »
No, you wouldn't look ridiculous. Do exactly as you want; even when the computer tells you otherwise!

I use a Mac - the last "Microsoft" computer I had ran on DOS-5 - I've never let anything with Windows through the door.

Technical Help / Re: What does 001 mean?
« on: Monday 16 July 18 17:13 BST (UK)  »
Is it an Epson scanner? If it is, the number is inserted by the scanning software. Probably useful if you're scanning the same thing multiple times but otherwise I find it a nuisance having to delete the numbers every time I scan something.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Who lived in a House like this?
« on: Friday 13 July 18 09:48 BST (UK)  »
The mis-match in windows suggests something extended but, with the the old stonework, I should rather say, converted. Most likely agricultural so a rural location. The sandstone roof and walls rules out areas of slate, such as North Wales, and limestone, such as Derbyshire.

If it were Yorkshire, I would expect horizontal rather than vertical sliding sash windows. 

 Could it be his internet banking password?  ;D

Cheshire / Re: Household details
« on: Thursday 21 June 18 10:07 BST (UK)  »
Birkenhead Reference Library has electoral registers from 1862 to date.

Technical Help / Re: TV VIZIO
« on: Sunday 10 June 18 15:32 BST (UK)  »
I bought one for our defunct Panasonic PVR last year from these people - - cost less that 20 delivered, works perfectly and is identical to the original one.

The Common Room / Re: What has happened to Findmypast?
« on: Thursday 07 June 18 22:52 BST (UK)  »
The survey popped up on the bottom of mine (I'm using an iPad). I don't think they'll like my response either. I told them to spend time sorting out problems rather than pratting about with things which already work.

The Common Room / Re: Missing Birth Registrations
« on: Monday 04 June 18 17:26 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for the comments/thoughts - I assume nobody else has been able to find them either.

Whilst I've come across many unregistered children over the years, it still strikes me as strange that three children should be registered; including one who was born and died in the same quarter, and five were not.

I still suspect some ulterior motive!

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