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Hi Peter

Did it have railings?

The bit outside the lookout lounge was a deck with railings, most of it is still there today, even with the original black plastic handrail I made a point in 2011 of standing there.
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Absolutely wonderful unseen photos! Thank you for procuring them for the forum and sharing them with us Rob!
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These are marvelous photos, and again, many thanks to Rob for securing them for The Forum !

Indeed, there is such a tremendous amount of detail in the background of the photos.

This is the QE2 who I fell in love with !   :)  :)
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Another one for Rod attached - see anyone you recognise?

At anchor, April 69.
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Tonight's photo (attached) was taken in January 1969.  Taken from the coffee shop I presume (later the Queens Grill Bar) looking out to boat deck, where one of hte lifeboats has been lowered.
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What a wonderful photo of a wonderful space.  I absolutely love those chairs !   :)
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Quick update on the mammoth project that is these slides!!

I've now finished scanning them in, and I feel a little sadness at the end of the surprises each time I scan one.  An awful lot of the photos are either of people, or are poor quality - I think this probably leaves around a quarter of the slides as "good".

Initially, I scanned the box in the order they were in the box, however it has become clear to me that they weren't in the box in any order any more...  Now, some slides are stamped with a date, so that's fine.  Others have something written on them.  But lots of others - a whole pile - have nothing at all.

I have sat this afternoon and sorted the slides into each type of slide, and am reorganising them that way.  This way (hopefully) a clue or something written on one slide, can date-check all the other slides of that batch to give at least an approximate date.

See photo attached!
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Tonight's photo (attached) was taken in January 1969.  Taken from the coffee shop I presume (later the Queens Grill Bar) looking out to boat deck, where one of hte lifeboats has been lowered.

Interesting to note the rolled up Jacob's Ladder. Wonder what it was doing there at the time?
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I've now finished scanning them in, and I feel a little sadness at the end of the surprises each time I scan one.  An awful lot of the photos are either of people, or are poor quality - I think this probably leaves around a quarter of the slides as "good". 

Ahhhh But each slide captures a  rare moment in time and unlike todays modern gadgets the photographer would have no idea at the time if they would turn out good bad or indifferent.

After the 4th May event it might be a good chance to post the less than interestings ones one at a time and open them up for discussion, what, who, where do we see in the slides ?
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My heart skipped a beat, when I held this slide up to the light and saw what it was of.

(sorry for the watermark).
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Without completely "spilling the beans" I've decided to share thumbnails of each set of slides, which I'll start doing some time after our special launch event in may.
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Without completely "spilling the beans" I've decided to share thumbnails of each set of slides.

Tonight its the November 67 slides.  Two months after QE2 has launched, progress has been rapid.

Tomorrow will be June 68.

Awe - your spoiling the surprise
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Hmm, ok, do this after the event in may then?
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   Hmm, ok, do this after the event in may then? 

Even though lm not going , i seriously think you should wait till after the event before showing any more slides.
Let those who are keen to pay for the day out have first exclusive viewing. Ok maybe one or two teasers
 
You want to create a buzz about the event and slides, and while some mignt not appear interesting or any use, thats only in your view.

Quite what can or should happen after the event is another matter, l still like the idea of a calendar format but with no date section.
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Without completely "spilling the beans" I've decided to share thumbnails of each set of slides.

Tonight its the November 67 slides.  Two months after QE2 has launched, progress has been rapid.

Could it be that three of these pics are identical?

I'm inclined to agree with Myles, that these slides should be enjoyed at the planned Event first, before being shared (even in thumbnail) with the rest of us... we shall just have to wait and be patient.

But of course you could use a very small number to entice participants to the Event!

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Another one for Rod attached - see anyone you recognise?

At anchor, April 69.
I'd think that the man in the cap on the top of the accommodation ladder is The Security Officer, or whatever the equivalent position was when QE2 first entered service. Looking closely at him he's no 'spring chicken' and, noting the medal ribbons he's wearing, almost certainly saw service in WW2, which when QE2 was first in service had only finished 25 years before, not as long as QE2 was in service!!
Someone, far better qualified than I, might possibly be able to put a name and actual rank to him, hopefully.
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A big thank-you to Tristan Stewart-Robertson, from the Clydebank Post for including this article on Rob finding the QE2 slides on EBay. I will add the online link as soon as it is availalble




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Today is Easter Sunday, so I will share a photo from the box of Slides from Easter, 1969, when QE2 was undergoing her second set of trials, which were successful - a huge relief after the disastrous first trials.

If you look closely, you can see Easter Egg boxes amongst the children.
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Fabulous photo.  I wonder where all the children are now and what are their memories of being on QE2

Looking forward to seeing your presentation of the slides on 4 May in Glasgow   It will be a fantastic get together of like minded people celebrating QE2.

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