Relics of storm chasing past

Jan 14, 2011
St. Louis

1.) This slide film viewer as well as the old "loupe" magnifiers were often a chaser's first look at a prized photo capture after receiving the developed slides back from a lab.

2.) There were several types of these slide cases common in the film era. You would recieve your slides from a lab in one or more of these, and they were handy for organizing groups of slides later.

3.) Most MiniDV camcorders used these Firewire cables for playback and capture of video into a computer.

4.) A VHS-C to VHS cassette adapter allowed you to watch or make copies of your camcorder footage in a standard VCR without having to connect the camcorder to your TV. Rewinding and fast forwarding was always faster in one of these than with the camcorder.

5.) 35mm film canisters containing new rolls of slide or print film were ubiquitous in many chase vehicles.

6.) These distinctive Kansas welcome signs with the angled support posts were at nearly every border crossing into the state up until the mid-2000s.

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Oct 10, 2004
Madison, WI
I got the Firewire cable, VHS-C adapter (there ain't no such animal as a Hi8 to VHS adapter, they're technically incompatible formats) and the film canister. Neither I nor my parents ever shot slides in my lifetime and I've never actually been to Kansas.
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Jul 5, 2009
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Fun stuff Dan. I only recognized the VHS adapter and the 35mm film container. I actually was confused by the FireWire cable image, I didn’t recognize it as such, it just looked to me like it could have been a mini-USB or something. Like Andy, I never used slides. I would have never guessed the Kansas sign, I never noticed they had removed or changed the signs!
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Aug 9, 2012
Galesburg, IL
I have a whole bunch of those mini DV tapes laying around. A lot of my old storm videos are on them. I also used to have to use firewire to transfer footage between my old DV camcorder and my Imac G5. I can't find most of my old film slides though. Used to shoot a lot of film before I got a DSLR. Great post.
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Jan 16, 2009
Kansas City
I just cleaned out my garage this last weekend and came across my VHS adapter which allowed for playing the tapes in any VCR. I also found about a dozen old tapes. You had no way to transfer in the run now we just drag into drop boxes or similar. LOL!
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Dec 8, 2003
Southeast CO
When I bought my first laptop in 2001 I did some backups on floppy disks. Quick quiz: How many floppys would you need to substitute for the memory capacity of a 64GB memory card? Anyone? Anyone?

The floppys I was using held 1.44MB of data. So, take 64GB, call that, for simplicity, 64,000MB, and divide by 1.44. You would need approximately 44,000 floppy disks. Have fun with that!