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Cleaning Kodachrome slides

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Hello all - I’m new here. I have over a thousand of my dad's Kodachrome slides of mountains and rock climbing which I’m preparing for an exhibition. Many of them are over 20 years old and some go back to the late 50s early 60s and carry the evidence of their age in that there are hairs, smudges of grease and spidery like marks which might be a result of damp. My dad was careful about handling them so not much in the way of fingerprints thankfully. Does anyone have any advice on how to properly clean them. I have some high content alcohol liquid which I have used on a few slides I don’t need applied with a spectacle cleaner cloth. This seems to disturb the cardboard fibres of the slide holder and cause a ragged border round the edges when projected. Also where I can obtain proper lint free cloths for this purpose.

I am choosing the ones I want for the exhibition and need to have them digitised. My scanner can only do 4 at a time and I have a thousand to do so ideally would like to have them done professionally. Jessops are pretty expensive - I think. It would cost over £600 to have a thousand slides digitised and cleaned so if anyone has any suggestions as to how to do this at less expense I would be grateful to know. My son says this would cost £200 if I sent them to Rumania to have them done but its a long way away and I’m not sure about this option.

Could you also tell me how to post a picture via URL please. I don’t think I can bring a digitised picture from my Photos file.

 


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