How to Capture the Big Picture Across America #PictureLocalHistory

#PictureLocalHistoryThe Big Picture Across America Photo Project


Call to share American heritage from nostalgic photos announced by ScanMyPhotos.com from family photo album archives.


Our local history holds a treasure trove of interesting stories and tales about how our nation came to be. This history is also what helped to shape who we are, where we come from, and/or where we currently live. This is why we’re starting our #PictureLocalHistory challenge for the month of August.


While many historical societies and archivists throughout our country work hard to preserve local history, we’ve found that many of these clues and stories of the past are hiding away in the closets, attics, and basements of our customers.


That’s right—we’ve scanned 400 million vintage print photos that reveal how life was lived in American cities and towns 20, 50, and even sometimes 100 years ago. One of these photos might even be sitting in your closet right now, waiting to be preserved.


So, in honor of World Picture Day 2017—which falls on August 19—we’re challenging every city in America with a very special project: #PictureLocalHistory.



What’s your hometown’s story?


Whether it’s a photo of your great grandfather riding his 1930s Harley from Wisconsin to San Diego or a photo of your great grandmother which shows a day in the life of your Chumash heritage, old print photos highlight bits and pieces of history across America.


And, of course, there are still more pieces out there to be discovered. With 3 1/2 trillion still-analog printed photo snapshots, they are awaiting to be scanned and digitized. These photos could reveal fun, interesting, or crazy pieces of local history—and now is our chance to bring them to life.

 

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4 Online Vintage Photo Archives You Need to Check Out

vintage photosIf You Love Vintage Photos…


The invention of photography has been one of the greatest things to happen to the preservation of history. Both famous and personal events have been captured on film and illustrated for generations to re-live for years to come. Fortunately for us history fans, the Internet is teeming with interesting vintage photos you have to see to believe.


If you, like us, love to look through old vintage photos and try to piece together the thousand words they contain, then you need to check out these awesome vintage photo sites.

 

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A Vintage Photo Might Solve the Amelia Earhart Mystery Once and For All

amelia earhartA picture is worth a thousand words, but some pictures might be worth even more than that.

 

In fact, the History Channel recently revealed that a newly resurfaced vintage photo might unlock the mystery surrounding famed pilot Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over 80 years ago.



Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan set off on a pioneering flight around the world in 1937. Unfortunately, Earhart and Noonan disappeared somewhere near Howland Island over the central Pacific Ocean. So, for the last 80 years, historians and amateur investigators have been trying to piece together what happened on Earhart’s doomed flight. Did she crash land on an obscure island? Did her plane plummet into the unforgiving Pacific Ocean? Or, as the latest news suggests, was she captured by the Japanese after crash landing on the Marshall Islands?

 

Of course, the recent release of this particularly interesting vintage photo is sending the world into a frenzy over the possibilities.

 

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Navy Vet Uses Vintage Photos to Connect Past and Present

past and present

Max’s beautiful wife Patsy taking care of their son who was sick.

We are all made up of moments—our first steps, first words, first kiss. Over time, these moments accumulate like snowfall and shape our present reality. But misunderstandings can arise when other people fail to see all the moments that shape who we are. They don’t see why we do the things we do or make the choices we make.

 

This is where photos can help.

 

In fact, ScanMyPhotos customer Max Branscomb used photos to illustrate the beautiful connection he had, and always will have, with his wife. About a year ago, while he was chatting with friends, he realized he never really shared with them the reason why he was constantly visiting his wife in a care facility.

 

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6 Must-See Buzzfeed Articles Featuring Old and Vintage Photos

old and vintage photosIt’s one thing to learn about history from large textbooks with fine print—it’s another to see it for ourselves. This is one of the many reasons why we love looking through old and vintage photos—they provide us with an intimate of the past.

 

Fortunately for us BuzzFeed, the leading independent digital media company that delivers news and entertainment, often creates articles centered on old and vintage photos. It’s always a treat to see the pictures they’ll discover and pull into their articles.

 

Here are a few of our personal favorites that you need to see:

 

18 Photos Of Victorians Smiling

 

Victorians always get a bad wrap for seeming stuffy, but these photos prove this was definitely not always the case. In fact, the stuffy appearance could be due to the way photography was done at the time. Taking pictures was often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people back then. Not only was that a ton of pressure, but holding a smile during the long exposure time (almost 15 minutes!) was exhausting. No wonder they seemed so serious!

 

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