The Time To Digitize Photos is Before a Wildfire or Hurricane

How to repair and digitize photos damaged by hurricanes and wildfires. Why The Time To Digitize Photos is Before a Wildfire or Hurricane.

Never rush back into your home to grab pictures. Beyond the destruction of property from natural disasters, there are other elements to consider. Storm surges and smoke damage also risks ruining your lifetime of family nostalgia and pictures.


While everyone read about the destructive damage caused by natural disasters, we hear something else. After an even, the calls come in. How to repair damaged pictures from smoke and storm surge damage?

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We all know about protecting the “three-P’s,” People, Pets, and Pictures. Yet those decades of irreplaceable photos, 35mm slides, and film negatives are at risk, along with your reels of home 8mm movie film.

Sadly, this story profiled by The Weather Channel happens after every storm.

8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!

There is an answer, plan ahead. Visit informational websites like FIMA’s for tips:

Many kinds of emergencies can cause you to have to evacuate. In some cases, you may have a day or two to prepare while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning is vital to making sure that you can evacuate quickly and safely no matter what the circumstances. MORE.

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The unique characteristics of long-forgotten analog photography

Remember your decades of old-school photo snapshots? What are the unique characteristics of long-forgotten analog photography

propps1 300x194 - The unique characteristics of long-forgotten analog photographyPhotography is among the most nostalgic forms of art I can imagine. Do you remember the times of your life?

Pictures from smartphones are split-second and instantaneous impulses. You see something and press the button.

There is no cost and often no thought behind the composition or subject matter.

Back when film cameras were the only mechanism to capture images, there was cost and effort. There was a real price to buy C41 film processing and have it developed. This is why pre-digital photos are more nostalgic and often more thoughtful. Those memories had art and contemplation behind each picture. Every photo mattered.

Today, it is easy to trigger an impulsive shot that holds little meaning beyond the moment. Look at your camera roll to see what I mean. How many pictures matter and are worth preserving for generations?

Check out your library of old snapshots. Film photography was more similar to an archivist documentary — saving the special moments from your own history.

The often-overlooked challenge is have were those pictures saved. Many are hidden away in mildewy boxes and dust-gathering closets. Rarely visited to explore your past. As travel and new adventures are off-limits, this is an ideal time to reexplore your past. Have a plan. Digitize your pictures, narrate the stories behind everything, share and safeguard in the cloudy.

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How to Stay in Business for 30 Years, Revealed

Founded in 1990, this is our story to share how to stay in business for 30 years and prepare for your next chapters.

This report shares how persevered to reach these milestones over the past thirty years in business.

Home to digitizing the nation's photo memoriesDo you know how professional poker players never reveal their cards? It is the same strategy in business. Yet, during our nation’s public health crisis and economic collapse, explaining the ingredients for our success is shared to help many during these difficult times.

I hope these ingredients for how we sustained our good fortune over the past three decades is inspirational.

A Quick Read of Key Tips to Sustain Your Business:

The overriding path towards achieving this milestone is that our employees are like athletes — always sprinting and striving. They also work WITH us, not for us. Everyone is respected and celebrated. Our diversity of people and ideas matters most.

Business is all about taking risks to get stuff done. It requires discipline, intellectual rigor, and trusting your staff.

When you build a great company, the media also notices, and that is how all these reviews and news profiles occurred.

We manage a swarm team to identify at least one new photo innovation to introduce every week. Practicing the reserve strategy of “fire, ready, helps to quickly launch and ask questions later.

Being the first to market with precision matters most. That is how we pioneered the entire bulk photo scanning category. This includes one-cent photo scanning, and “InstaMedia,” so pictures are immediately uploaded to customers as orders are digitized.

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EVERY employee is celebrated and encouraged to make contributions, no matter how crazy the suggestion maybe.

We encourage brainstorming and community sharing, where no idea is discounted without analysis.

Practice steadfast determination and diligence to overcome challenges. During the public health pandemic, we identified a surge in orders for families rushing to preserve pictures for online memorial services. This led to a massive shift from the traditional reason people wanted photo snapshots scanned; previously, reunions, anniversaries, and family celebrations — to safeguard memories – were the primary reasons. Today, 40% of all orders are for families preparing pictures for those lost to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

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.

UPDATE | DIGITAL TRENDS: From 200,000 attendees to just one: Here’s what Vegas looks like during CES 2021

I just read that  American Airlines is cutting 19,000 jobs when federal aid expires in October. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unimaginable drop in air travel.

Support the airlines and travel again, once we get the "all-clear"Lessons from a prior national calamity. 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.

How Businesses Use Economic Activism and Social Media For Advocacy Projects

From airlines to cruise ships, we are all impacted. After all public concerts, conventions, and large gatherings were canceled the economy was hit hard. An example is January’s giant tech tradeshow, CES, which will be virtual this year. Think of the economic damage to exhibitors, the city of Las Vegas, and airlines?.

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. If you have the resources, please consider how you can also help.

Follow along for updates. How Businesses Use Economic Activism and Social Media For Advocacy Projects

Mitch Goldstone, CEO,

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 library and all images copyright protected.

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4 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Grandparents Day

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Give Your Grandparents the Gift of Photo Scanning on Grandparents Day.

Grandparents Day is just around the corner, falling on Sunday, September 13th this year.


To celebrate we pulled together some fun facts that you might not know about the holiday. We’re also topping them all off with one general fact about grandparents that may help you give them the best gift ever.

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When it comes to Grandparents Day, did you know…


  1. There’s an official song. The U.S. has an official Grandparents Day song called A Song for Grandma and Grandpa, by Johnny Prill. We wouldn’t expect anything less for the two people who always make sure the grandkids have plenty of hugs, candy, and fun.
  2. There’s also an official flower. Forget-Me-Nots are the officially recognized flower for Grandparents Day. While the flowers’ namesake is a nice sentiment, there’s one small issue—Forget-Me-Nots typically bloom in the spring, but the holiday happens in the fall. Not to worry though, Grams and Gramps will be more than happy to receive any type of flower that’s in season. It is, after all, the thought that counts.
  3. This U.S. holiday is almost 40 years old. President Carter designated the first Grandparents Day on September 10, 1978. His goal was to encourage all citizens to plan activities that will recognize the many contributions grandparents have made to our lives. Pretty sweet, huh?
  4. The holiday always lands on the Sunday after Labor Day. This nifty little fact makes the holiday a bit easier to remember. Combine this factoid with the official flower, and it should now be a breeze to remember when Grandparents Day happens each year.

From Huffington Post: “35 Meaningful Questions To Ask Your Grandparents
Whether in a simple conversation or a legacy video, asking these questions can teach you a lot about your family history and your grandparents’ life.” By Brittany Wong.

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Stuck at Home? More ‘Bust the Boredom’ Projects

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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 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, 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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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


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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