Some Zip Disk Files

The old “iomega” Zip Drive and short stack of Zip Disks have been on my to do list for awhile. The obsolete disks contain a lot of old letters, memos, tax data, and miscellaneous files. Three of the disks are devoted to photo files.

I need to continue the temporary cutback in the amount of typing because of the injured finger I described yesterday, so it seemed like a good idea to share a few images from one of those old disks. First I had to power up the drive and reinstall the operating software. As I skimmed through a few folders, I was dismayed at the amount of corrupted and damaged images on the disk.

Some of the titles were gibberish and unaccessible. Several of the photos had gone mostly grey, some were only partially damaged. Several images had grey areas bounded by distorted areas that bordered usable images that could be edited. None of the damaged pictures could be recovered. Fortunately, more than half of the images managed to survive the disk’s hiatus.

Today’s photos are not in chronological order because many of their descriptions were lost or corrupted. In some cases, I didn’t bother to include dates when they were originally copied to the Zip Disk. These irises at dad’s farmstead in rural Wayne County, Nebraska were shot on a spring day in 2015 and were among the last images placed on this disk before I stopped using the “iomega” system.

I liked the red Mustang convertible displayed at a car show on the shopping center parking lot in Norfolk, Nebraska. This probably happened in 1998 or 1999. The event’s judges were examining the vehicle during the trophy awarding process.

Country singer Ray Price appeared at the “Granada” Theatre in Norfolk at a radio station sponsored concert. I emceed the event so I was backstage with my trusty Canon AE-1 loaded with Ektachrome slide film. This concert happened in the late 1980s, maybe 1989. As a side note, Ray was a very soft-spoken, gentleman. Fans of Ray Price know that his music sounded more like easy-listening rather than standard Nashville fare.

This frame is self-explanatory. The idea was to capture the moment when the display showed all number ones. The Sanyo digital camera’s annoying lag blew the opportunity. Oh well, there will be another opportunity on 2-22-22.


My then roommate, Felix, recruited his mother to shoot this portrait of us together with my camera. The grey sweater was a Christmas gift from Felix that his mom selected for me. The AE-1 was loaded with the usual Ektachrome 100 slide film.  The bottom of the frame is beginning to degrade.

The Wayne County Courthouse in Wayne, Nebraska is a Gothic-inspired, antique relic that is still somewhat charming. I’ve never been in the turret of the tower. Perhaps the caretakers will grant me permission someday.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes actress, filmmaker, writer, and singer, Miranda July . “I think this is how life is. It’s not a linear march through time; you revolve around the same old things as you age and acquire experiences.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Some Zip Disk Files

  1. Alien Resort says:

    I remember playing Grazin’ in Greener Pastures by Ray Price when I subbed for a Thanksgiving morning country music show in about 1997.

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