Turning 2,300 Framed Pictures Into Lasting Memories

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Nora, about age 11, coming down the stairs

Old print photos usually end up in an unorganized pile inside a box or plastic bin. While this storing method is not recommended, it can certainly be easier to prep these photos for a scanning project than pulling apart framed pictures and praying the original copy doesn’t stick to the glass.

 

ScanMyPhotos customer, Christine Cowart, found herself faced with such a challenge and ended up removing over 2,000 pictures from their frames—and several from photo albums—to get them scanned and digitized for her niece.

 

“My older sister, Nora, passed away suddenly last year. She was 70 at the time and had lost her husband in an auto accident years before. They left behind their only child, my niece who’s now 48. After her mother passed, my neice decided to move back to her childhood home, but the walls were covered with framed photos. A good portion of the photos were poorly framed pictures that were taped to the glass, but the memories were important to preserve.”

 

So Christine offered to help her grieving niece by collecting all those framed pictures, removing them from each frame, organizing and identifying every photo, and then sending them to ScanMyPhotos to digitize.

 

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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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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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Hawaiian ScanMyPhotos Customer Ships Precious Photos Across the Pacific

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Jeri with her father in 1974 during Jeri’s first visit to the Philippines where her family is from.

Some people were born to take photos. As soon as they feel the magic of capturing a single special moment, they’re hooked forever. This is how it was for ScanMyPhotos customer Jeri Yamamoto the first time she picked up a camera.

 

“I’m one of those people—I’d always be the one to take all the photos, develop them right away and organize them in photo albums. I’m 44 now and have amassed over a 12 thick photo albums—we have so many that we needed to put them in the storage unit while we remodeled our home.

 

With so many photos, and no place to put them, Jeri decided it was time to take action.

 

“I’ve always wanted to scan all my photos to keep them safe, and I had heard before of scanning services, but I’m all the way in Hawaii and didn’t want to ship them to just anyone on the mainland.”

 

With her new project in mind, Jeri set to work researching the best way to scan all of her photos. The moment she started, ScanMyPhotos was the first company to show up in her Google search results, but she continued to search. While she scoured the web gathering information, Jeri continued to circle back to ScanMyPhotos.

 

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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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