Disintegrating Family Photo Albums Transform into Touching Gifts

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Lee’s family sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner 1958.

After digitizing pictures, here is how to better enjoy your photos

Years ago, photo albums were meant to organize our photos and keep them safe for future generations. However, unless archival-quality albums were used to store your treasured pictures, the acidic paper of a photo album can deteriorate printed photos over time.

This is the dilemma that ScanMyPhotos customer Lee Jackto is currently facing with her parents’ photo albums.

“My mom has about 25+ albums that are decaying rapidly—the pictures are turning yellow and are stuck in that acid-type folder paper. These albums contain pictures of me growing up, starting with my baby photos, and pictures of my parent’s wedding—overall there are about 50 years worth of photos in them.”

Lee did some online research to find a company that could scan her photos and restore some of the quality. She discovered ScanMyPhotos from a CNET recommendation and decided to move forward.

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The Work Project that Lead to the Preservation of a Family’s Legacy


Rich’s dad and mom, Marvin and Marge, back in 1955 when they were first married. Rich attributes his love for photography in large part to his dad who built a darkroom in their basement while Rich was in middle school.

Life never seems to lead us down one particular path. We often find the things we never knew we were looking for while doing something completely different. Such is the case with how Richard Vlosky discovered ScanMyPhotos through an online Google search a number of years ago.


“For some reason it caught my eye. There were these photos at work from a development project in Honduras after hurricane Mitch. The hurricane decimated the country, so we lead a team from our university and over the year-and-a-half lifespan of that project we took lot of pictures, slides, and prints. They had been sitting around for awhile so we needed to get them scanned and archived.”


Rich decided to send the photos to ScanMyPhotos, thus starting a years’ long relationship with company. After he sent in the work photos from Honduras, and got them back in such great shape, Rich decided to send in his personal photos as well.


“There were boxes and boxes of slides and prints taken over the years. We had dark room in the house growing up as my father was a photographer and my brother has a degree in photography—we are a family of photographers. There are thousands of prints and slides in these boxes. We also have 35mm slides and carousels full of slides—all containing every slide my dad took in his life before he passed away in 1985. He had cataloged every bundle of slides, and numbered and described every slide within each bundle. They date back to 1950. One time I tried to bring up the slide projector, but it was completely rusted shut. Since I didn’t want to buy another projector and didn’t feel like loading slides into a carousel, we had them scanned, too. All slides from 1983 until 2000—approximately 2,000-3,000 slides—were scanned. From there I made copies of DVDs and sent them to everyone in my life.”


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When a Good Deal Becomes the Preservation Project of a Lifetime

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The parents of Deborah’s mother-in-law on their wedding day.

ScanMyPhotos customer Deborah Harman wasn’t actively seeking a photo scanning company—but she found one by way of an amazing deal she couldn’t pass up.


When Deborah found out about ScanMyPhotos, and the current coupon we were offering at the time, her first thought was, “Oh, that’s a really good idea, I should do that!” So, she went ahead and placed an order to scan 2,000 photos. She assumed that would be more than enough to digitize the 25+ photo albums she had in her possession. As it turns out, her estimate was off—by about 5,000 pictures.


“I realized very quickly that scanning 2,000 wasn’t even going to make a dent. I started at the end of December 2013 and bought the last set of photo scanning boxes in June of 2015. Over a year and half, and between other projects, I went through all my photo albums and got the photos cleaned out, bundled, and then scanned.”


After the albums where done, Deborah hit a snag—in the form of scrapbooks.


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100 Years of Photos Reveal an Incredible Family History and Journey

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Jessica’s great grandmother, Helen, standing in the corn field of her family’s farm in Wisconsin.

Sometimes when we think back to the lives of our great grandparents, we conjure up thoughts of stuffy, Victorianesque people who never seem to smile in a photo.


This was simply not the case with ScanMyPhotos customer Jessica Taylor and the story of her great grandparents, Lew and Helen. The legacy of this couple—who were married during the Great Depression era—can put the coolest of cats to shame. And it’s a legacy that Jessica made a priority to preserve.


“I got an email from ScanMyPhotos about a special sale, and I knew we had a bunch of old family photos stuffed in drawers that we needed to scan so grabbed it right away. The dates of the photos span from the 1890’s up until the 1990’s. Most were in pretty good condition, but some were starting to fade.”


The photos revealed an amazing cross-country journey and a touching love story.


“My great grandparents grew up in Wisconsin. When my great grandpa Lew joined the navy, he traveled to San Diego and decided he wanted to move there. At the time he and my great grandmother were only dating so he proposed and asked her to move out to San Diego with him. She said yes, and in 1937 they drove out to the West Coast on the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The deal was she could go back to the farm in Wisconsin every other year to visit family. Now our whole family (aside from some cousins) are all in San Diego.”


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