...Sure wish it was that easy to archive 35 mm photos - I scan and save in folders but it's tedious and so I'm way behind on that, got maybe 3 shoe boxes filled with envelopes full of prints.
I found a little gadget that takes a photo of either a 35mm negative or slide. Has a built in light source and produces JPGs of fair size and resolution. I found my first daily paper (I was a writer/photog combo person) gave all its old negatives to the historical society, and somewhere along the line, I plan to go copy all those negs as positive jpgs. There are now many more of these than when I bought mine, here at https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=slide+c...b_sb_ss_i_1_12
These simply take a picture, which you can later manipulate with software. My old newspaper negs are all TriX, higher contrast and slightly grainy, so I have would up reducing contrast slightly and sharpening them. Takes a few seconds per neg. I didn't notice what size negs or slides they take, but haven't found any for 2 1/4 or larger, but the vast majority of my working negs are 35mm, mostly taken with the sharpest lens I ever found, a 2.8 50mm Nikor.
My oldest negs are from a Rolli, back in high school. I can copy those to digital using my computer screen as a source and using the macro part of my Nikon zoom lens.
I switched over at one point from Nikon Fs to F2s. I lost a couple of the old ones, but the Fs now reside with my granddaughter. One of the F2 had a poor winding mechanism so I only got 18-19 frames on a roll of 20. We also reloaded our own film at the paper with 12 exposure rolls so we didn't waste film when we had only one or two shots to process.
We printed our own selection of negs exact size, and used one of two machines (Fairchild) that had a hot stylus that produced plastic halftones that got glued onto the hot type pages laid out on steel tables. These were used to form paper mache forms that were then filled with hot lead in a molding machine. Those lead plates went on the press, an old Goss Rotary press built about 1912. It was surprising how well those halftones printed. Of course we were using the ink with carbon black and the old ink base. Today inks are made in suspensions of vegetable oil and everything turns gray.
Our back shop foreman was crazy after working all those years around hot lead. When we converted to cold type, something I knew very well and he didn't, I'd go down and help them/teach them, without making any kind of comment and he got much friendly and more respectful. I had an assistant editor who did inside page layouts and he knew paste up as well, so life was far friendlier between editorial and the shop after the conversion.
Sorry for going so far off topic, but my memory of one of my favorite jobs ever took over my old brain. Holy cow, that shop foreman was named Frank Gushwa. Where'd that come from?