ScanMyPhotos urges photo scanning during #NPM National Preparedness Month

In the United States, September is National Preparedness Month (NPM), sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and the Ad Council. NPM is a nationwide effort to increase awareness for preparing and to effectively deal with emergencies and natural disasters. It is designed to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.

Companies across the nation, including ScanMyPhotos, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., have registered to participate in NPM. Each business is issuing an urgent recommendation to encourage people to take action and prepare for emergencies year-round.

Graphic image of the green 2017 National Preparedness Month logo on a black background.

“One of the most important items in every household are photographs. As the average household has about 5,500 analog photo snapshots, there is an urgency to preserve those generations of precious memories for today’s all-digital world. Photos must be protected from natural disasters,” says Mitch Goldstone, president, and CEO of is urging people to have their hard copy photos, slides and film negatives scanned and backed up now.

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Did You Find Someone’s Pictures?

Ever go to an antique shop or watch Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” and notice how emotional everyone gets when they discover generations of family pictures?

Each of the 600 million pictures digitized by ScanMyPhotos has similar stories of nostalgia. But, what happens if they disappear?

Longtime CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann uncovered a story about pictures lost and found. “Stranger finds family shown in treasure trove of decades-old photos” is a story with a happy ending as 35mm slides were recovered and returned to its owner. Read more.

TYRONE, Ga. — When Kristie Baeumert found a $15 vintage slide projector at Goodwill, it came with a mystery. She found a family’s old set of slides, showing smiling girls and a woman who was dressed to the nines. “I love these pictures,” she said after finding the images. “I feel like I know this family at this point.” Minutes after CBS News shared her story last week, a viewer contacted Kristie, bringing her together with the family in the old slides — Theda Robertson, now 88, and her daughters Deborah and Treva.

Bonus: Data Rot by David Pogue (CBS Sunday Morning)

Bonus: A treasure of long-forgotten 35mm slides were uncovered at this Los Angles TV News station

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Why This 50 Percent Photo Scanning Discount Was Announced?

How to Memorialize Ten Years Since The New York Times’ Profile Putting Photo Scanning on the Map?

Save 50%* To Professionally Digitize Your Lifetime Of Pictures Due To The New York Times’ Photo Scanning Review

Why designed this unique discount* to scan your pictures: Ten years ago David Pogue wrote “Your Photos, Off the Shelf at Last” in The New York Times (August 14, 2008) and helped put the world of bulk photo scanning on the map.

While commemorating the tenth anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum, we are breaking with tradition. A metal alloy just doesn’t make sense for what happened on August 14, 2008, when the nation’s most admired tech columnist, David Pogue put us on the map.

Back then, the personal-technology columnist profiled for his popular New York Times “State of the Art” column to identify the urgency to digitize pictures. Subsequently, it led to last month’s milestone as we digitizing our 600 millionth picture.

Background on David Pogue: the same year (1985) our CEO, Mitch Goldstone graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship Program, Mr. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale, with distinction in Music. His next ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals lead to winning four Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. His resume is legendary. This 2015 example of his songwriting, singing and dancing in “CES The Musical,” is among our favorites.

Beyond his role as tech critic for Yahoo Finance, you can read David’s monthly columns in Scientific American and watch his science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.”  He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002. And, spoiler alert, he is also the brains behind the Techno Claus beard. As a best selling author, we would need a supercomputer to tally all the tech tomes he’s written which are available at Amazon of which he’s sold more than 3 million copies.

Much has changed since that article. Last year, one billion pictures were destroyed by flooding in Texas. The advent of photo-sharing and storage apps created a safe home to preserve those pictures. The smartphone happened, yet missing were all those photo albums and shoeboxes of analog pictures not yet digitized. There are still about 3 1/2 trillion analog snapshots to digitize.

Better than cake, to help celebrate this ten-year anniversary, created this unique discount towards our most popular photo scanning service.

To instantly save 50% on fill-the-box photo scanning, with free 3-way delivery and same day scanning, enter “POGUE10” as the promo code at checkout. Under “special instructions” at checkout, type “free same day scanning,” and your order will be digitized and prepared for return the same day it is received.

Many popular add-on featured services are also available at our regular, already low prices to enhance your experience.

Details and to order…

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Top 4 Ways to Share Your Pictures After Scanning

Top 4 Ways to Share Your Pictures

If you stack up every photograph ever taken, how many times would it circle the earth if all lined up side-by-side

If you stack up every photograph ever printed it would wrap around the earth too many times to calculate, yet we know there are 3 1/2 trillion still-analog pictures. So the number is far-reaching and nearly limitless. But, what about your scanned pictures? That number is a much more manageable at 5,500–based on the average number of pictures scanned per household by ScanMyPhotos.

The more practical question is what next? Once your pictures are digitally preserved, how can you share those memories? This list of top ways to share your scanned pictures is based on our reviews and feedback shared by our customers across the nation.

  • Mimeo Photos is a powerful extension that allows you to create stunning photobooks, calendars, and cards all within your photos app for your MacOS. As an extension to the Photos App on the Mac, you can start creating your photobook right from your existing photo library. Twitter Address – MimeoPhotos

  • Aura Frames.  Imagine if you could share that moment with someone halfway across the world? Now you can with Live Photos on Aura, created to bring families closer by making it easy to share photos with the people you care about. Twitter Address – Aura_Frames 

  • Instagram photo-sharing app is the popular way to upload photos and videos and edit with filters, organized with tags and location information. You can share those nostalgic pictures once digitized publicly or with pre-approved followers. Users can browse other users’ content by tags and locations, and view trending content. Users can “like” photos, and follow other users. Twitter Address – Instagram

  • PrintMates creates modern print products quickly and easily using your smartphone and social media photos. After your pictures are digitized, this is the next step to memorialize those memories and turn photographs into works of art you will cherish. Order high-quality reproductions of your photos in a wide array of mediums, including prints in all shapes and size on quality photo paper, metal, wood, and canvas. Hang them in your home or give as meaningful gifts to your family and friends. Twitter Address – PrintMates

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The MoviePass Debacle: If It’s Too Good To Be True…

Are the problems at MoviePass irreversible? Will the app that provided access to thirty movies [now three] a month for a low $10 monthly fee [$14.95 plus surge pricing] fade away? Sadly, says YES!

We celebrate entrepreneurial inventiveness and aspire to model our 28-year photo digitization business by learning from the best. Schooled from the worst is also a virtue for what not to do. In the case of MoviePass, the latter, unfortunately, is now the model.

Its parent company — Helios & Matheson — said in May that it had enough cash to last over a year. Even their website suggests that it is less about movies and more about harvesting data (see our related story on Facebook’s predicament with data-harvesting). They explain their business is about “BIG DATA, INTUITIVE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, PREDICTIVE BIG DATA ANALYTICS, DATA VISUALIZATION SOLUTION.” So where is the mention of getting a great deal to watch your favorite films?

These are the chat messages we had with MovirPass:

Because ScanMyPhotos has been lucky enough to earn the trust of many celebrities, producers and executives within the entertainment industry (including Katy Perry’s family), we did so by engaging them. Learning everything about them. Watching and listening to their performances. We even attend way too many concerts and events to meet these notable superstars. We need to earn their trust to privately digitize their lifetime of personal photographs. Movies are a big part of this engagement. When we talk with these luminary hotshots and their representatives, it is important to be topical. Discussing their latest TV performance and films with the talent help bridge the conversation from digitizing their decades of photographs to what they are doing.

This is where MoviePass played a helpful role. Due to all the screening we attend, the $10 deal was valued. Then they added an Uber-like “surge pricing” component. But now, they are blocking movies like Mission Impossible or charging fees even when the early matinee is literally empty.

Now, we learned from Chance Miller, 9to5Mac’s editor that “MoviePass temporarily goes offline because it ran out of cash.”


MoviePass’ struggles have been well-documented over recent months as it struggles to turn anything close to a profit. Today, things took a major turn for the worse as the company completely ran out of cash and the service went offline temporarily. As reported by CNN, MoviePass’ owner, Helios & Matheson, disclosed in an SEC filing today that it borrowed $5 million cash in an effort to “pay the company’s merchant and fulfillment processors.”

According to The Atlantia Journal-Constitution, MoviePass users say they’re getting surcharge prices even when movie theaters are empty. Back in January, Brian Barrett a news editor at WIRED wrote:

The more subscribers MoviePass signs up, the more money it loses. It pays theaters full price for each ticket, whether a member visits once or 31 times a month. It has to provide for customer service to support those 1.5 million people, many of whom have lobbed valid complaints—MoviePass issues debit cards to each of its members, and initially couldn’t keep up with demand—as the service struggled with its rapid expansion. And that’s on top of the usual, unglamorous costs of running any business. (Backends don’t maintain themselves.) If it seems like MoviePass is too good to be true, that’s because right now, it is.

What to do? Have you encountered similar issues? Last weekend, we asked a theater ticket taker at The Grove LA’s Pacific Theaters how many guests are redeeming the card and the number was a staggering 80 percent. As MovePass reportedly pays the theaters full price, if you see just one film a month they are in the red.



We dropped MoviePass even though the company still maintains they will grow their subscription rate from about 3 million subscribers to 20 million. According to Ben Tobin at USA Today, the average customer sees less than three films a month. Now the cost accelerated 50 percent, from $9.95 to $14.95 per month. And there is a new limit from thirty to just three films each month.

Launched in 2011, MoviePass didn’t catch major traction until it lowered its monthly fee to $9.95 in 2017. The impact was immediate: The subscriber base has jumped from 20,000 then to more than 3 million today.

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