Why decades-past photographs are getting people to mingle at parties

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The biggest challenge to create a fun way to ease strangers into the conversation is how to get people talking. How to have all guests get the conversation started as they arrive at your home or corporate gathering to engage and relate to each other? This trending social gathering icebreaker tip works by displaying everyone’s nostalgic pictures on your TV as they arrive.

Displaying everyone’s nostalgic pictures on your TV is a trending icebreaker for social gatherings.

party3 300x169 - Why decades-past photographs are getting people to mingle at partiesAt ScanMyPhotos.com, having digitized 600 million family photos, we often hear of creative ways people are using their decades-past rediscovered photo snapshots.

This social engagement tip has been trending at ScanMyPhotos as a fun and innovative way to use pictures to connect people together.

As the dinner party, family reunion or corporate event,’s invitations are sent out, this creative tip will get the party started with everyone talking, laughing and sharing stories.

party2 300x201 - Why decades-past photographs are getting people to mingle at partiesAlong with the traditional invitations, ask guests to revisit their decades-past favorite pictures which share a story, their seminal moments and past adventures. To go back in time, request that the photos not be recent pictures from a smartphone, but digitized pictures from their analog photo albums.


The memories spanning decades of past memories. Select categories, such as travel, goofy pictures, holidays, home, childhood adventures, first car, school and more. But warn guests that the pictures will be shared in a public forum, so nothing too personal or revealing.

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How Businesses Use Economic Activism and Social Media For Advocacy Projects

In the age of Trump, businesses must use their voice and resources, including their communication departments, PR agencies, public affairs, and their CEO’s outreach to challenge him. Loudly, widely, wisely, and often.

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What is your company doing? Today, it is more important than just promoting what you sell, but to use your platform to support the media and journalists. Another way is to lend your voice to urge all social media platforms to stop accepting any political ads, worldwide.

We have hundreds of narratives ever since Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator. Many now include other social issues and commentaries on everything from climate change to supporting a free and unimpeded U.S. election.

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Why The New York Times’ “1619 Project” on U.S. Slavery is a Must Read History Lesson

MUST WATCH Climate Change Documentaries

Massive NYC Flooding Led to Millions of Damaged Photographs. DON’T PANIC!

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While we have scanned six hundred million images, it is news stories like these that made us so popular, but no order is more precious or important than yours. We are here to help. For loads of photo tips, news updates, and crazy-discounted deals, sign up to receive free updates.

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“How Edward Weston Processed His Photos,” From Advancing Your Photography

How Edward Weston Processed His Photos

Thanks to Marc Silber, host of  Advancing Your Photography. According to Marc’s website, he “brings you tricks and tips directly from some of the world’s best photographers. The best way to learn is from those who have mastered it, so we go out and video pros like Chase Jarvis, Thomas Hawk, Bambi Cantrell and many more. Tune in and be inspired, go shoot, and share your passion.”

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From Advancing Your Photography:

We’re bringing you the final installment of our Edward Weston legacy series from 1948. Weston was one of the masters of 20th-century photography.



This segment covers how he processed his photos in his darkroom and discusses some of his inspirations for his photography. So join me again as we step back in time to explore the world of Edward Weston.

Be sure to check out Edward Weston’s books.


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Corporate Advocacy Campaign To Protect U.S. Elections From Russia

Can a small business lead the nation towards protecting our democracy from Russian meddling in our elections? Yes!

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What is your company doing to effectively mobilize and protect our democracy from Russian interference in the U.S. elections?

Why does this matter? Because we cannot rely on Washington, as Senate Republicans Just blocked the advancement of bills aimed at strengthening election security.

There is no missile defense against interference in our elections, but there is Twitter and social media. An unprecedented “Moon mission” or “Marshall-like Plan” united voice and high-level fight can protect our democracy from wreaking havoc on our democracy.

IMG 1038 300x300 - Corporate Advocacy Campaign To Protect U.S. Elections From RussiaThe time is now.

Protecting our democracy must include the leadership at every size business to use our collective voices and social media outreach to weaponize against Russia’s plan to disrupt our democracy in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Across the nation, if millions launch a similar advocacy campaign like #MyBusinessSupportsDemocracy it will spark attention to the incontrovertible evidence that the Kremlin mounted a large-scale, concerted attack on American democracy.

Acton must begin at the White House by taking this matter seriously.  Beyond solidarity between the main political parties, every business must use their voice and advocacy to spark awareness, spotlight this national emergency and create solutions.

Just as Russian activity uses social media and other digital avenues for spreading disinformation, we must collectively wage a war of facts to spotlight the breaches, mobilize and dismantle their attacks.

IMG 1037 300x200 - Corporate Advocacy Campaign To Protect U.S. Elections From RussiaRobert Mueller: “Over the course of my career, I’ve seen a number of challenges to our democracy,” he said. “The Russian government’s effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious. As I said on May 29, this deserves the attention of every American. “They’re doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it in the next campaign.”

H.R. 2722 – Securing America’s Federal Elections Act: Securing America’s Federal Elections, or SAFE Act, would provide $600 million for states to shore up federal election security. This would include upgrading from electronic-only voting machines to systems that provide paper backup ballots, which can be counted or audited if election results are in dispute.

“This is a threat we need to take extremely seriously and to tackle and respond to with fierce determination and focus,” said F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray.

IMG 1033 300x169 - Corporate Advocacy Campaign To Protect U.S. Elections From RussiaThe Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law:  “This foreign interference in the presidential election exposed cracks in the security of America’s electoral system, the most fundamental part of our democracy. News reports revealed that hackers working on behalf of the Russian government targeted state and local voter registration databases and managed to access elections systems in as many as 39 states. The attack shows that our current election systems are susceptible to foreign interference, and will only become more vulnerable as hacking methods are refined.”

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Fortunately, These Pictures Were Spared From a House Fire

house-fire[Reposted] We received an email from a past client with a story that was both heartbreaking and an uplifting preparedness tip.

It got us thinking, again, about how a company that scans photos is so important in people’s lives and why it is vital that no one should delay in getting their photos scanned. Insurance replaces your material items but do you know what you can’t replace but you can protect? Your photos.

You can buy a new TV, sofa or refrigerator but can you buy your daughter’s first steps or your wedding day? Whether you use ScanMyPhotos, some other photo scanning company or you are inspired to go out, buy a scanner and do it yourself, we URGE you to scan your photos now! You never know what tomorrow may bring.

Here is Pat’s story:

For some reason, I felt a urgency to convert many of our photos to disks. I worried about preserving them. Twice I sent a box of photos to you and felt great relief loading them onto my computer. The morning of November 12, 2012 I awoke to the unimaginable- our house was on fire! We managed to make it outside with just the clothes on our back.

As the flames rolled through the roof I knew we were losing everything. Thoughts of family heirlooms disappearing and our family photos burning and the loss of those felt vnbearable. I realized that just inside the front door was my laptop and on it were hundreds of our favorite treasured pictures! I opened the door, reached in for the laptop and yanked it out of the wall it was charging in. That was the only item I saved that day.

Now, as we slowly rebuild our house and our lives I know a precious part of our past remains because of the service you provide!

I never would have thought our new house would catch fire. Now we look forward to the future, but thanks to your company we still have our connection to the past. You’ve made a difference in our lives.


P Fogo
Sheffield Lake, Ohio

Consider the following statistics from National Fire Protection Agency:

    • In 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure1 fires.1

    • These fires caused 13,910 civilian injuries, 2,520 civilian deaths, $6.9 billion in direct damage.1

  • One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds.2

Please DO NOT WAIT. Scan your photos, negatives, and slides today. Don’t forget those old home movies, too. As Pat said, by scanning their family photos, “we still have our connection to the past” and that is what photos represent, a connection to family history for present and future generations.

Recommended Links for more information



1. U.S. Home Structure Fires Fact Sheet – National Fire Protection Agency
2. The US Fire Problem – National Fire Protection Agency


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Same-Day* Photo Scanning Package at 300 dpi Now $162


Photo Scanning Discount Package


One of the most common questions asked is how quickly can you digitize my pictures? Often this is for a memorial service, last-minute anniversary gift or to rush and protect pictures from natural disasters. The answer is as quick as the same day.


Express FASTScan Photo Scanning Package – Pay Just $162

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  • This deal was discounted 40% to just $162 to professionally digitize up to 1,000 standard 4×6” photo snapshots to 300 dpi JPEG images on a standard DVD data disc.
  • See below for details on express same-day scanning. This order includes instant same-day uploading of your files to you. Free USPS Priority Mail return shipping and handling and return tracking for the original photos and data disc DVDs (a $24.95 value). Many popular add-ons featured services are available including other-size photos, flash drives, color-correction, return delivery tracking, and more when you order at the time of purchase. *See below details for same-day scanning.
  • How to prepare your pictures for scanning.
  • You are responsible for paying to mail your pictures to us and we recommend using the U.S. Postal Service’s Priority Mail Flat-Rate box. We cover the return S/H cost to you.


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Must view and comply with the Photo Preparation Procedures before shipping your order. How to Pack your Photos for Scanning & Shipping to ScanMyPhotos.com


IMG 4552 300x182 - Same-Day* Photo Scanning Package at 300 dpi Now $70On the order form, you will find a bevy of additional options to enhance your final scans. Order the additional options at the time of purchasing this deal. During checkout, you will have the option to select any additional services.


IMPORTANT: LIMIT 8 Express Photo-Scanning Packages Per Address. This service is exclusively for online, mail-in only, and positively cannot be used for any walk-in services, for any reason or applied to prior orders. Photo scanning only.  


Special Photo Scanning Package

*BONUS: Get Same Day Scanning Included With Your Order. Just type “Same day scanning” under special instructions. If received by 10 AM (PT), your order will be scanned the same business day it is received. If received afterward, please add one more business day. Some conditions apply including delays due to holidays, weather, and other issues. While we cannot warrantee same-day scanning, we do make every effort to scan the same day your order is received.  


Standard 4×6″ photographs only. Other sizes and options are available for an additional price. Not valid towards any other digitizing services. Terms may change without notice. Promotional value expires 6 months after your order is placed (unless prohibited by law).  Order today, but do not rush sending in your pictures, but do so within 6 months from your purchase date. Promotional value cannot be combined with other offers. Purchase, use and acceptance of this package constitutes acceptance of all terms.

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Massive NYC Flooding Led to Millions of Damaged Photographs. DON’T PANIC!

8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos

When water damage from flooding due to natural disasters strikes, Don’t panic!

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Nearly 65% of all customer support questions today at ScanMyPhotos are related to the epic New York City flooding. This is far from unusual, as after each hurricane and wildfire the same questions arise. While we have digitized 600 million pictures, over the years, when disaster strikes journalists and the national media reaches out AFTERWARDS for advice on how to protect pictures. The simple answer is PLAN AHEAD.  

The questions are all related. How to restore photos to fix heavily damaged pictures due to water damage? Millions of pictures were wiped out, destroyed from the battering flash floods that hit Brooklyn and neighboring Queens, New York.

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Whether it is from a natural disaster, humidity or severe contact with water, water-damaged pictures can be cured — ScanMyPhotos is an expert on digitizing and restoration pictures


This scene from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is a reminder of why everyone must be prepared and plan ahead. After the storm hits is too late.

Tips if your house was flooded from natural disasters, a hurricane storm surge or mildew to fix your pictures

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Accuweather: Protect Cherished, Irreplaceable Photos Before Natural Disasters. Imagine if your lifetime of irreplaceable photographs, representing the window on your family history were all lost? The focus on this Accuweather profile explains why there is a 100% guarantee pictures will not be lost if digitized.

Whether your house was flooded from storm surges or caught fire from a sweeping firestorm, your prized photos have probably suffered from water damage. The first rule of handling water-damaged photos is don’t panic!  You may be able to salvage many or all of your pictures. You might want to contact a photo conservation professional or consult a book on the subject, but here are a few tips:

8 Tips for Restoring Water Damaged Photos

  • Don’t let the photos dry out! As your photographs dry, they will stick to each other and any other materials they may be in contact with. You’ll find it impossible to pull them apart without causing potentially irreparable damage.

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  • Get to work as soon as possible. Your photographs shouldn’t stay wet for more than two or three days. Now is a good time to recommend having a friend (or photo restoration expert) scan the images before you try pulling anything apart or before doing anything that will further damage the photos.


  • Prepare space to work. While you’re working on your photos, store them in a container full of cold, clean tap water; the colder the better. Don’t add chlorine to the water, but change the water every day. The chlorine in tap water is enough to prevent the growth of fungi and other biological threats.


  • Water is actually part of the restoration process. Rinse your photos in a container of cold, clear running water. Don’t run the water directly onto the photos, because that could damage the chemical emulsion, causing permanent damage. Keep rinsing them until the run-off water is clear.
  • Take your time with this archival project. Carefully remove your photographs or negatives from the water, taking the smallest quantity possible. Pull them out of their wrappers and gently separate them. DO NOT FORCE THEM APART. Separate as many as possible before returning them to the cold water and starting on another batch. Repeat the separate-soak cycle as many times as necessary. However, sometimes you may not be able to separate materials without forcing the issue. In those cases, you will probably have to just accept the corresponding damage.


  • Now, add water. Once your materials are separated, store them in water until you can wash them individually, using cold, clean running water. Use cotton balls, a soft cotton cloth or a soft foam rubber brush to remove foreign objects if needed. Rinse your photographs or negatives one more time after cleaning is complete.


  • The drying process. Hang-dry prints and negatives from a clothesline. Make sure they will not be exposed to dust. As an option, special solutions are available that facilitate uniform, spot-free drying when applied to negatives and slides.


  • Use weights to flatten the pictures. If your prints curl while drying, wet the paper side (NOT the emulsion picture side) with a moist sponge and place each one between two pieces of acid-free paper or photo blotters, and leave them under a flat, heavy object for a day or two.

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Why We All Need to Observe Fire Prevention Week

fire prevention2020 has seen more than its fair share of natural disasters—floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and several unprecedented wildfires.  While all of these occurrences could spell disaster for your home and precious memories, we wanted to take this time to get a jump on Fire Prevention Week, which occurs in the second week of October.

[UPDATE: Expert advice on ways to get you back on your feet by alleviating the stress that comes after a house fire. This article provides a list of actionable steps for you and your insurance company to mend the damage together. “Was Your Home Damaged by Fire? Here’s What to Do Next,” reported by Karon Warren for Reviewed.com.

Fire prevention is essential when it comes to keeping your home, valuables, and family safe. And even if you live in an area not affected by wildfires, you’ll still want to prepare. But before we dive into the prevention tips, let’s take a look at the facts first.

Safety.com has created the ultimate list of fire prevention tips, thanks to safety experts from the National Fire Protection Association, the Institue for Childhood Preparedness and more.

Fire prevention statistics


According to the U.S. Fire Administration:


  • The U.S. suffered a reported 11.6 billion dollar loss from fires and fire damage.  (This doesn’t even cover the emotional loss of irreplaceable or sentimental items)
  • The areas where most fires occurred were outside (41%) and residential (30%), whereas nonresidential, vehicle, and other areas made up less than half when combined.


  • The leading cause of residential fires:
    • 51% Cooking
    • 8% Heating
    • 4% Electrical malfunction
    • 4% Unintentional, careless


Quick tips on preventing residential fires


  • Install smoke detectors throughout your home—especially in the areas in which you sleep. If you already have smoke detectors installed, schedule a test every month to ensure they are working properly.


  • Since electrical malfunctions make up 6.8% of residential fires, it’s a good idea to have your electrical system inspected by a qualified expert electrician.


  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and make sure it is easily accessible.


  • Know how to put out a grease fire. This article from Kitchen offers an excellent step-by-step breakdown on what to do.


  • Map out an evacuation plan with your family.


  • Protect your valuables in a fire-safe container or lockbox. When it comes to photos, we also recommend you scan and digitize the originals. This will ensure the images will never truly be gone.


  • Clear away clutter. Should a fire break out, stacks of old paper and boxes of forgotten items only serve to act as kindling. Make sure you are periodically going through your things and clearing away anything you no longer need.


This year’s FPW campaign, “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” works to educate everyone about the small but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Did you know?
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have,giving everyone enough time to get out.

Plan ahead for your escape. Make your home escape plan and practice today.

For more fire prevention, preparedness and safety tips, please visit the American Red Cross and FEMA’s Ready.gov.

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