#WorldBackupDay—Pledge to Keep Your Photos Safe

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“The most expensive part of any computer is its data—are you backing up?”


The image and quote featured front and center in the recent TechRepublic article, World Backup Day: Best practices to backup your data, sends a message that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you know, the gang here at ScanMyPhotos takes digital storage and backing up best practices very seriously—especially when it comes to the irreplaceable sentimental value of our photos and film.


That’s why we were very excited to see the hashtag #WorldBackupDay trending today.


The official #WorldBackupDay website clearly (and cleverly) explains the premise for the observance by stating, “Don’t be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.” This makes for an easy day for us to remember each year.


So, if you don’t want to lose any memories, data, important files, etc., take the #WorldBackupDay pledge and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.


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ScanMyPhotos Is Open For Online Photo Ordering and Fulfillment

ScanMyPhotos is open with uninterrupted service for ALL online ordering and fulfillment services


Hello ScanMyPhotos Community,

ScanMyPhotos.com had a longtime business interruption and continuity preparedness plan designed for wildfires and earthquakes. We never expected it would be necessary, yet that is where we are.

Protecting your pictures is our priority. Our staff is safe (our #1 priority), and all technology, digitization services, and communications are fully operational.

We pledge to continue providing services. Our most popular online ordering services are operational and with minimal delays. 

Photos delivererd to ScanMyPhotos from the USPSAt home unclutter and archival project:

1) Find all the photo albums
2) Get pictures digitized
3) Share those precious memories
4) Narrate the stories behind the photographs

This Photo Scanning Service More Than Delivers

In The News: Top ScanMyPhotos Profiles and Reviews

CNET: Memories in a shoebox: Digitizing old photos unlocks a flood of mixed emotions
Scanning old film camera photos as a coronavirus lockdown project does more than just safeguard memories, it also takes you on an emotional journey.

BONUS: Sign up here for instant discounts and news updates from ScanMyPhotos.com

From everyone at ScanMyPhotos, we appreciate your orders and are here to help.

Please be well and be safe! Mitch Goldstone, CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com

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Stuck at Home? More ‘Bust the Boredom’ Projects

Welcome to ScanMyPhotos. We share news, tips, commentary and loads of other very topical information here and on Twitter. Each day we post more than 50 times. Click to see why so many are following and engaging with us on TwitterScanMyPhotos is open with uninterrupted service for all online ordering only

19 Stuck At Home activities designed to bust the boredom. Millions of people are now at home and looking for activities beyond hours of watching Netflix, television and streaming programs.

stuckathome 300x300 - Stuck at Home? More 'Bust the Boredom' ProjectsWhen the Associated Press filed this report, “What Now? Facing Life Without the Entertainment World,” and mentioned our photo scanning service to help many complete long-overlooked projects we got an idea. If you are stuck at home, what are other tasks and projects to keep busy?

art1 200x300 - Stuck at Home? More 'Bust the Boredom' Projects We are compiling and adding to this list of projects and activities if you are #WFH (working from home), #SFH (studying from home), or just stuck at home to remedy cabin fever.  Join in as we are seeking your input for other ideas.

For everyone at home, rather than just watching Netflix, spend time with your family. Uncover all your decades of nostalgic snapshots and view your own pictures after ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes all. To help, we added one-cent photo scanning (10,000 pictures digitized this fast) for as low as $100, same-day scanning, and instant uploading add-ons to quickly view your memories as soon as it is scanned.

We are also working to lessen the burden on the U.S. Postal Service and other delivery carriers. We highly recommend you select instant uploading so your pictures are returned online once digitized. We will mail your photos back afterward, once it is safe to do so.

art2 233x300 - Stuck at Home? More 'Bust the Boredom' ProjectsFor families stuck at home, this photo archivist project should also be shared with distant relatives and friends to laugh, get emotional — celebrate your history as a distraction from the news. At ScanMyPhotos.com, 78% of all online photo scanning orders are now due to families stuck at home yearning to complete long procrastinated projects.

19 fun projects to pass the time if you are stuck at home due to the Coronavirus

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  • Get artsy and paint a family portrait.
  • Call your parents and relatives to catch up and check-in.
  • Reach out to seniors and grandparents, Do not forget about them! Here is a fun, easy to do activity as we are stuck at home. Gather your photographs, have them scanned, get on “Zoom” to narrate the stories of your life with your family. Host daily “cyber” dinner parties with your entire family (and friends far away). Watch this video to install Zoom and everyone invited. This virtual party s simple to produce. Remember the Edward R. Murrow “See It Now” documentary series broadcast by CBS from 1951 to 1958? With Zoom web conferencing, your family can each host a “See it Now” evening activity. Use your camera and Zoom app to go on an adventure. Show off the nostalgia in your home and explain each moment and memory. What background are you using for Zoom #StayAtHome meetings? Try this. Display the thousands of photos we digitized for you as a slideshow in the background on your TV. Show off all your nostalgia during today’s family #Zoom get-together.
  • Go low-tech. Break out board games and host a tournament.
  • Take a virtual online tour of local and international museums.
  • Gather all your decades-past photo albums and shoeboxes of family snapshots to digitize and share. Have everyone narrate and write a blurb about the stories behind those memorable pictures.
  • Have everyone surf and share their favorite TikTok short-form mobile videos and YouTubes.

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  • Unpack the fine china and create an in-home dinner party. Get the whole family involved. Design menus and all the trapping from a fine- dining experience to prepare unusual appetizers, ethnic entrée meals and bake a cake for dessert.
  • For the young ones, open up the Arts & Crafts draw. Grab crayons, glitter, scissors, and paint with them.
  • Destress with an in-home workout. Check out do-it-yourself home exercise routines on YouTube
  • Have a fancy picnic in your living room by supporting local restaurants and use their online take-out ordering service.
  • Order online books and find a new podcast series to pass the time. And because you may have a bookshelf, what were you storing those for anyway? Crack open an old book to read.
  • Go online. Take a hard pass from Amazon to buy local and support your neighbors. TIP BIG!
  • Revisit old handwritten letters and yearbooks.
  • Clean out your freezer and refrigerator from all those way-post-expiration items (what were those anyway?
  • Engage in long procrastinated home organizing and uncluttering projects. Start slow with one cabinet or room at a time.
  • Host a family indoor “camp out” with board games, and s’mores. Have everyone select a spooky story from surfing online.
  • Clean out your garage and closets and donate to local charities
  • Organize and discard all that old technology and those long-obsolete cords from your appliance cabinet.

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Why Southern California walk-in photo scanning service at ScanMyPhotos is temporarily suspended

Southern California walk-in photo scanning service at ScanMyPhotos is temporarily suspended. Mail order only

In an abundance of caution, amid ongoing concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the governor’s guidance to avoid or slow the spread of the disease, we decided to temporarily close our Irvine, CA Customer Service Drop-Off Walk-In Center at ScanMyPhotos.

Due to the complexity and fluidity of the situation, the reopen date is subject to change.

smp30years 300x146 - Why Southern California walk-in photo scanning service at ScanMyPhotos is temporarily suspendedThere have been no reported cases of coronavirus at the ScanMyPhotos Customer Service Walk-In Center. This closure is not mandatory, but, instead, a social distancing measure.

We understand that due to emergencies, such as for memorial services and other highly time-sensitive reasons, you may require same-day scanning.

When possible, please order online and select Express Same-Day Scanning for each service. However, if you do have an urgent emergency, we will make our walk-in service available to you using our express online scheduling order desk linked here.

Follow this page for an announcement when the Walk-In Center reopens. In the meantime, we made ordering with Express Rush Service available as an add-on for all online orders.

Our online support desk is open to assist with any questions.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to closely monitor the situation. Your safety, along with all our employees, is our priority.

Be safe,


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What to do rather than traveling? Digitize pictures

Rather than flying here are project to complete The popular travel news site, Your Mileage May Vary wrote on five things to do instead of making travel plans.


Digitize Those Old Pictures

I’m sure you have a box of old pictures (or slides) around the house. I have boxes with over 100 slide cubes and envelopes of pictures in my garage. I know that I’ll never have the time to convert them to digital myself, so I pay a company to do it for me.



Not flying, scan your travel photosFor my photo and slide scanning needs, I use ScanMyPhotos.com


If you want to get their best prices, be sure to sign up for their email list. Once or twice a year, they offer slide conversions at 40 to 50% off, and that’s when I buy two or three boxes. They also offer specials on photo scanning, so be on the lookout.

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Lost Photos? How to Recover Your Nostalgic Family Photo History?

Pictures are not just lost to natural disasters like these were, sometimes they just get overlooked. Lost Photos? How to Recover Your Nostalgic Family Photo History?

Tphotostack1 300x225 - Lost Photos? How to Recover Your Nostalgic Family Photo History?hanks to this human interest Washington Post feature by contributor Cathy Free, it is a lesson for everyone. “Stacks of portraits were abandoned when a photo company closed. A man brought them home and reunited families with their photos.”

Whether it is from a shuttered local portrait studio or boxes of pictures in your musty basement being lost to the ravages of time, each tells a story. The people in those pictures must be preserved, their history, adventures, and lives.

Excerpt on how pictures were reunited with their owners:

“My heart sank every time I looked at the pile,” said Bononi, 39. “I knew that those photos meant a lot to the people who were in them and that they’d be gone forever if I didn’t do something.”


Bononi could do his job and leave, and nobody would know he had come across the abandoned portraits, he said. Or he could try to reunite people with their photos.

pic5 300x200 - Lost Photos? How to Recover Your Nostalgic Family Photo History?At ScanMyPhotos, we hear similar stories each day from family archivists who are rediscovering their own history. The best tip is to gather, scan, save offsite and share those memories. To help, ScanMyPhotos.com created a concierge support desk for extra personalization and a new 50% discount for digitizing pictures.

Memories in a shoebox: Digitizing old photos unlocks a flood of mixed emotions — CNET

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Ancestry® TV and Digital Campaign “#MakeThemCount” Celebrates Women’s Suffrage Movement

Ancestry® TV and Digital Campaign “#MakeThemCount” Celebrates Women’s Suffrage Movement

Follow the Ancestry website for details on the “stories and milestones from the fight for women’s voting equality.”

Making Them Count: 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote. What did the ratification of the 19th Amendment mean to the story of women in America?

They Would Be Heard: How African American Women Mobilized for Voting Rights
African American women faced racial divisions within the suffrage movement. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores their fight to overcome obstacles to the ballot.

#MakeThemCount | Make Them Count | Ancestry®

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Once safe, why we must get back on airplanes for ‘economic patriotism’

Rather than ‘touching glass’ all day to read about the devastation and financial toll from the coronavirus. Once it is safe to travel, it is essential to get back on airplanes, cruise ships. To help the reeling nation recover by supporting the vulnerable travel industry and all its employees.

Support the airlines and travel again, once we get the "all-clear"As a native New Yorker, like every American, I wanted to do something to support the City rebuild after 9/11.

Along with my business partner, Carl Berman, we spent two months organizing a national campaign to get people to New York City for November 11, 2001, two months after the attacks. Our group was founded in Irvine, CA and called: “EPICC: Economic Patriotism Irvine and Coast to Coast.”

There were risks for the unknown. Could there be another attack? When outside the New York Stock Exchange, there actually was a near threat from another attack.

Support the airlines and travelAs the nation and world are under a medical attack from the coronavirus, we are again faced with a challenge. From airlines, countries like Italy and commerce, we are again all affected. After SXSW, the music and film festival in Austin was canceled, at first, we prepared for hosting satellite local networking gatherings for exhibitors to share their products, but faced opposition.

So, we did the next best thing by supporting Austin, TX, and are planning to travel there. As an act of economic patriotism, we will be scheduling flights to cities most affected, to support them and spend money, once there is an all-clear to support communities.

Follow along for updates.

Mitch Goldstone, CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com

We have a large archive of photographs and news profiles from the November 11, 2001 [Veteran’s Day] campaign to support New York’s recovery. The below are a sampling from the ScanMyPhotos.com library and all images copyright protected.

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