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

party1 300x200 - Why decades-past photographs are getting people to mingle at parties Using nostalgia from years-past photographs to engage everyone at your next party to mix and mingle

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.

UPDATE: From Rani Molla, data reporter at Recode is this list of “tech companies big and small are making money off Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” The latest economic activism hashtag is now #NoTechForICE.

Except form Recode

  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Inserso Corporation
  • Dell Federal Systems L.P.
  • US Bancorp
  • Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Support Services
  • Comcast Business
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Source: While we cannot authenticate this data it is reported to be from current contracts as of June 2018, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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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image1 300x143 - 7 Of The Best Scrapbooking Blogs To FollowBefore reading this report. An update. ScanMyPhotos.com professionally digitizes all your photos this fast.

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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