How a Mom Honors the Memories of Her Lost Son

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Jackie’s late son Danny posing with Minnie and Mickey at Disney in the fall of 1989.

We snap pictures at the drop of a hat these days. Interesting dinner? Take a picture. Dog in a funny pose? Take a picture. Family snuggled together watching a movie? Take several pictures from every angle imaginable.


But while we’re busy taking these pictures, we rarely stop to think about the importance of each one—or how significant and powerful these photos might one day become.


ScanMyPhotos customer Jackie, however, knows all too well the incredible value photos can have.


“My son Danny passed away in 1990—he was only 12. After I sent my pictures to ScanMyPhotos, I gave two other family members the extra sets so that if anything ever happened, the pictures of Danny would always be around. That’s what I wanted to do the most by scanning my print photos—I needed to preserve his memory.”

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Tales From The Pictures We Saved – Episode 8: The Magic of Undiscovered Photos

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


 

We’ve spent the past 26 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, one ScanMyPhotos customer discovers the magic of undiscovered photos she’d never seen before.

 


Preview: There is a special moment that often happens when looking through photos. As you’re flipping through picture after picture, remembering all the good times, you’ll stumble onto a few photos you’ve never seen before. You’ll recognize the faces in them, possibly even the locations, but these pictures provide you with a slice of life you’ve never had the privilege to see before.

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Customer Story: The Refugees and the Vintage Photos of Happier Times in Hungary

jc-smp-customer3Editor’s note: This customer story features our resident blogger Monika Jansen.

 

If a civil uprising forced you to flee your home, family, and country, what would be the most important, most precious item you’d feel compelled to take with you? This was the question Monika’s father, uncle, and grandmother had to ask themselves in 1956. Her grandmother’s answer to this question ensured that an amazing set of photos made their way into Monika’s hands—photos she knew she had to preserve.

 

“My dad, uncle, and grandmother escaped Hungary during the student uprising against communism in 1956. My uncle was attending university at the time and his friends began disappearing. One day he came home and told the family they needed to leave. They fled to Yugoslavia and, from there,eventually made their way to the U.S. It was heartbreaking for them to leave as they knew what the consequences would be—they would never see my great grandmother or other family members again. One of the few things my grandmother took with her was this box of photos.”

 

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An 80th Birthday Surprise Becomes the Best Gift of All Time

Finding the perfect birthday gift to give a loved one is always a challenge—especially when that loved one is celebrating their 80th birthday!

 

So, what do you get the octogenarian that has everything? We recommend a sentimental trip down Memory Lane. At least, that’s what ScanMyPhotos customer Elena Shockman did to great success.

 

A few months before her 80th birthday, Elena and her grandmother started to work together on their family tree.

 

“My grandmother and I sat down and went over our family tree that she and her sister had made. As we were going through the print photos of the relatives that went along with the tree, I spotted some really old photos of great, great grandparents and great grandparents. My grandmother told me cute anecdotes and stories to go along with the photos.”

 

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The Importance of Preserving Memories and Heritage

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Irene as a child playing in the fields

Before weekenders casually explored the ocean-side vistas of Santa Barbara and well before the Pacific Coast Highway carved its way through the Pacific Ocean’s shore, the Chumash Native Americans called the greater areas of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties home.

 

Once a thriving population of between 15,000 and 18,500 natives, the number of Chumash today is in the 2,000-5,000 range. It’s more likely you will hear of those who are of Chumash descent and even those numbers are beginning to dwindle. As such, preservation is key for the Chumash and their descendants. This is just one of the many reasons why it was so important for ScanMyPhotos customer Irene Stonecipher to scan her precious photos.

 

A few years ago, Irene began her photo-scanning project by sending one box at a time to ScanMyPhotos. However, the project encountered a few hiccups along the way.

 

“In the process of scanning all my photos, I decided to try another photo scanning company. I live in Prescott and they’re in Phoenix (less than 100 miles away). I boxed up an order and sent it to the company, but three months later, I found myself at the point of filing a theft report. I called the company several times for updates but my calls and emails went answered. It was as if the company fell off face of the planet and took all my photos with them! Then, months later, I opened my front door and the box of photos was back, looking the same as when I sent it with no further information provided.”

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