Trains, eh ? Remember looking through half a dozen boxes of lantern slides of steam choof choofs once. This was maybe thirty years ago. Slides came from the British Rail offices in Glasgow; Buchanan St ? And I was lead to believe there was a walk in cupboard of slides, and what I got to see was but a small sample. Would be good to know where these are now, and whether anyone has digitised them. Don't remember for sure, but I'd bet such slides would also be a treasure trove for those wanting pictures of old stations etc ?
Which leads to second idea... lantern slides in general. Would be good to have these digitised and see what records they hold. Like steam engines and ships of all sorts. Or even record the local lanterns themselves ? I've got a magic lantern in my mum's attic, back in Cumbernauld. It was made by Lizars (a good Glasgow brand) and converted to electricity - via a fiercesome 500W bulb - many years ago. I'm based in Melbourne currently and couldn't get the weight of the lantern and slides back after my dad died. But, only just occurred to me, if I could digitise the glass slides, I wouldn't need to shift the lantern. Has anyone done that; digitised the standard 3.25/3.5 inch double glass slides ? Do I need a "transparency cover" for my scanner - whatever that is ?
Third idea. I know some of the slides that I have (other than shots of paddle steamers going doon the watter) include stories told at temperance society meetings, ect, like at the International Order of Rechabites. Not many of them on this forum I bet ! So, what of the social history of Glasgow's own social and religious dissenters - like the Rechabites, Band o Hope, Seamen's Mission, Tabernacle ? Do any of these organsiations / meeting places / head offices still exist ? Anyone got photies ?