Tot's Slides 1959
Hattie Patterson (Tot) Tanner had 583
six metal slide trays and one small processor-supplied box.
Only one slide tray was labeled, which was marked "Extras" and
mixture of apparently "edited-out" pictures of her 1959 European trip
and some various scenic pictures.
Scanned and compiled by Jim
In going through the slides, I created a database to number each and
record details as she wrote on each slide frame
and, in case of family pictures, add identification of people where I
could determine them. Originally, I thought it would be nice to
the numbers in chronological order as the slides were taken, but that
partially successful. The question was "How did she file the
In the trays, did she file from left to right or right to left, and
front to back or back to front?" There was no way to determine
order of trays. I decided to use my personal method of filing
and recorded each tray from left to right and front to back. In
review, it appears this was the method Tot used. I also recorded
found the trays stored in a large box: this was only partially
successful, and the sequence
of the trip was not always maintained. In displaying the trip
here, I have tried to roughly adjusted them in order of the trip, based
on her trip journal. Family pictures were obviously different:
not maintain an order based on date or any other method that I could
determine. I attempted to group one set: those taken of family
while on her 1959 European trip, but which she filed with family
Tot also made a trip to the Brussels World Fair in 1958 and had slides,
as I recall her displaying these when she returned. However, I
been unable to locate these slides. She may have given them to
on this tour.
With each picture is my database arbitrary reference number starting
letters "ST" and if contacting
me about a picture, reference should
be given to this number. The numbers are in sequence, as I found
the slides in the slide trays and box. They do not appear
strictly in sequence here, as I attempted to order some of the trip
pictures in chronological order. At the single-picture frames, I
have included Tot's comments, if any, as she recorded them on the slide
fame. On some family pictures, I have added in [square brackets]
my own comments which identifies people.
No effort was made to select slides. All slides are given here,
some are pretty bad -- mostly focusing issues. Apparently the
was a Hasselblad "middle format" camera that took 21/4
size pictures -- and this is the slide size (not 35mm) that Tot
took. I seem to recall that this was a manual operated camera and
depended on the operator to manually adjust exposure and focus.
collection, there are some 35mm slides which she mounted in blank
middle format slide frames with electrical tape, and those pictures you
see here that are not square are commercial slides she bought on her
trip and included in her collection. Besides the slides, I have
possession the "middle-format" slide projector she used (still in
working order) and her projection screen. I do not have the
seem to recall that after Tot's death, it was sold by her two sisters
who inherited her limited estate: Mina Tanner/Low and Grace Tanner.
I recognise that the trip slides are of limited interest to
family, but are included here for historical purposes. Besides
there may be researchers who may find some historical sites of the past
The slides have been broken down into three catagories as indicated on
the links below. Click on the links for each set
pictures 1959 - 1960
These also include scenic and other
events in Canada.
Trip to Europe 1959
This was her trip in 1959 from July 5
to August 18.
These are miscellaneous slides that Tot
apparently edited out of her showings.
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