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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 13: Scanning 50,000 Photos

print photosWelcome to this week’s episode of Tales From the Pictures We Saved. 


 

We’ve spent the past 27 years helping our customers preserve tens of millions of happy memories, milestones, achievements, and events—all of which have incredible stories behind each and every photo.


And now we’re eager to share these stories with you.


In this week’s episode, ScanMyPhotos customer Margaret Hoybach shares the details on her incredible life as illustrated by over 50,000 print photos.



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You might think you have a lot of print photos sitting in your attic or closet, but how many do you really have? We often hear customers say they are working on scanning 1,000, 3,000 and sometimes even up to 10,000 print photos they have laying around, but this is the first time, in a long time, where one customer shared with us that she has over 50,000 print photos in her possession that she needs to have scanned.


Do you have a photo story to share?

Contact us today and your tale could be featured on an upcoming episode!


This episode features music by Bensound.com. Margaret was voiced by voice over actress Norma Jean Gradsky.   

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World Traveler, Artist, and Proud Owner of Over 50,000 Print Photos Takes the Scanning Plunge

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You might think you have a lot of print photos sitting in your attic or closet, but how many do you really have? We often hear customers say they are working on scanning 1,000, 3,000 and sometimes even up to 10,000 print photos they have laying around, but this is the first time, in a long time, where one customer shared with us that she has over 50,000 print photos in her possession that she needs to have scanned.

 

And why wouldn’t she? ScanMyPhotos customer Margaret Hoybach has an incredible eye for capturing beautiful things so taking thousands and thousands of pictures over the course of her lifetime was as natural to her as breathing.


Margaret is a born artist. She sees the beauty in so many moments that even aside from her predilection for photography, she is also an accomplished watercolorist. But it wasn’t Margaret’s artistic nature that led her to discover ScanMyPhotos, it was actually a labor of love.



“My son recommended ScanMyPhotos as I was trying to create a collage of photos to use at my 50 year anniversary. I was going through my 50,000 photos and trying to narrow it down to 125 that showcased my life and my husband’s. I’m 73 with three children and six grandchildren. Plus, my husband was military and we were always traveling, so I had plenty of reasons to take lots and lots pictures. And this was before digital. I’ve kept so many of the print photos and don’t like to throw any of them out so it was like an archaeology dig to find the right pictures for the anniversary party.”


Margaret managed to find the perfect photos for the party and was very happy with the results from ScanMyPhotos.


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Margaret, the artist, in her natural habitat.

“After seeing how wonderful it was with 125 I sent in, I wrote to ScanMyPhotos to thank them for helping me. We were getting close to crunch time for the party when I finally sent them to get scanned but it worked out perfectly. We got the photos back in time and they were wonderful. Everybody loved them. The slideshow we created featured baby pictures of me and my husband up until we got married and then our married life with all kids, including some of the places we traveled. We kept the slideshow of these photos going on loop throughout the party. And, before I sent the pictures to ScanMyPhotos, I was one of those people who thought I couldn’t trust anyone with my pictures but I am so happy I trusted ScanMyPhotos because they just did such a great job.”


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While DNA Tests Offer a Peek into Family History, Your Genealogy Efforts are Missing This

family historyAs DNA testing kits become more affordable, the number of unbelievable family history stories surrounding these tests is increasing.

 

This recent piece written by The New York Times, covers a story on a Bob Hutchinson who used a DNA test to finally get some answers into the family history his mother kept a secret throughout his life. The test uncovered that he was one-eighth sub-Saharan African—a fact his mother never shared with him. From there he uncovered cousins he didn’t know he had and was able to establish a connection with this new found family.

 

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5 Fun Photography Project Ideas for Kids

photography project ideasSummer might be winding down, but there is still time to get a few more fun activities in with the kids! We’ve pulled together a list of photography project ideas that will help teach your little ones how to learn composition, exposure, camera settings, and more.

 

Not only are these projects are great opportunity to teach and learn, but they can be a lot of fun and will result in lasting memories.

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Are Your Family Photos Prepared For Any Disaster?

If your house caught fire tomorrow, what’s the one thing you would save? Before you decide on that difficult answer, you should know that by participating in National Preparedness Month this September, you might be able to save a lot more than just one thing.



 

<p>The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016 with space to customize for regions/states logos.</p>

 

Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month was created to encourage everyone in our nation to prepare for emergencies—whether it’s a terrorist attack, fire, earthquake or flood. Our intrepid CEO, Mitch Goldstone, is a big believer in being prepared, and it is something he has ingrained in all of us here at ScanMyPhotos. To make sure you are fully prepared, head over to Ready.gov, where you will find plenty of resources.


A logo that reads National Preparedness Month 2017. Disasters don't plan ahead. You can. Around the text there are green icons depicting a first aid kit, a flash light, a battery, a piggy bank, and a radio.


In addition to survival preparation, let’s take a step back to that fire question—are all of the irreplaceable items in your home safe? Most material items can be replaced, but any item with an emotional attachment could be lost forever if a disaster occurs. These items often include those old boxes and albums of family photos—it’s impossible to replace those moments in time once they’re lost.



<p>A graphic promoting National Preparedness Month that has been formatted for Facebook.</p>

 

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