Thanksgiving 2020 Is Canceled, According to 100 Family Historians Polled by

Now That Traditional Thanksgiving family gatherings been canceled this year, according to one hundred family historians polled by

Seven Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar. Now That Thanksgiving is Canceled, What To Do?


thanksgivingcancel 300x300 - Thanksgiving 2020 Is Canceled, According to 100 Family Historians Polled by ScanMyPhotos.comOnline virtual gathers will replace traditional Thanksgiving holidays this year as the pandemic ushers in a ‘new normal.’

One hundred family historian chroniclers agreed that Thanksgiving 2020 will be very different due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

When Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the historical novelist began with “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Back in 1859, he could never have imagined today’s canceled culture pandemic led to mostly just the worst of times.

Even Thanksgiving, falling on the fourth Thursday in November has been canceled.


  • Anyone searching for “when is Thanksgiving 2020?” will understand why, according to one hundred family historians, traditional family holidays will not occur this year.
  • According to historian chroniclers across the nation, Thanksgiving will be different due to the pandemic. In reply to a July 10-30th poll conducted by, they explained this holiday season would be very different.
  • Rules will be bent, and this Thanksgiving will become the year of virtual, long-distance gatherings as families stay safe while social distancing.
  • Missing this year will be who carves the Thanksgiving turkey and who bakes the pies?

7 Ways to Surround Yourself with Cherished Moments to Celebrate Thanksgiving From Afar:

  1. Visit Virtually, Online: Send invitations to your friends and the entire family to gather at a specific time during Thanksgiving for a virtual video call celebration while everyone is safe at home. “Zoom” live-action during your turkey dinner. Share stories. Watch and listen to the collective conversations to celebrate with your siblings, parents, distant relatives, and friends. Technology will unite and connect without ever leaving home. Make sure everyone understands how and when to log in.

  2. Share Decades-Past Snapshots: Gather and digitize your old-school photos snapshots to reminisce and narrate the stories behind past Thanksgiving dinners and share the stories behind the memories when you cannot be together in person.

  3. Select a Game For Everyone To Play: Jackbox is a gaming service that allows you to Facetime with your friends while playing virtual games.

  4. Virtual Memory Wheel: Connects and gets everyone to engage. Become part of the story, while socially distancing. Have everyone select ten of their all-time most memorable pictures from past Thanksgivings and family gatherings. Share all the pictures online, and narrates the story behind the photos.

  5. Smile, It is Family Photo Time: Take a family photo, complete with all virtual guests. Use a collage photo app to assemble each picture into a family keepsake and order photo gifts for everyone.

  6. Guess Who? Cards: Have everyone submit two anonymous memes or message cards describing something excellent and unusual that happened to them in 2020. Add a third card with an aspiration for something they had hoped to do in 2020 but were unable to do. And one more identifying the best book, favorite TV show, movie, song, or event they enjoyed during the past 12 months. Then have everyone guess who wrote each Guess Who?

  7. Prepare Before. Send a Gift and Traditional Dessert: Before Thanksgiving, send matching bouquets and a favorite family dessert to all your guests to enjoy together during your interactive Zoom, party.

Major retailers already announced they would close on Thanksgiving. Many others are doing without the traditional day after “Black Friday” sales as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Parades are not the only canceled tradition. Large Thanksgiving dinners are out too.

For those seeking an opt-out to escape family drama, the excuse why you cannot visit in person during Thanksgiving has already been made. No explanation is needed. Multigenerational families, separated by distance and time apart, can instead all gather together online.

Because traditional Thanksgiving parties are canceled, there are ways to gather online for holiday reunions virtually. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time filled with family and joy. Often it is the only time during the year when the entire family gathers together.

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Mr. Trump, Intentional Delays to USPS Deliveries May Force Millions of Businesses to Close

Re: Intentional Delays to USPS Deliveries May Force Millions of Businesses to Close

Open letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy,

usps7 300x192 - Mr. Trump, Intentional Delays to USPS Deliveries May Force Millions of Businesses to CloseAs if the pandemic was not bad enough, you just made it worse. Your jarring actions by intentionally slowing down mail deliveries are harming millions of small businesses and consumers.

We are hearing that deliveries have slowed to unprecedented levels. One of our customers reported driving to four shuttered post offices before finding one that was opened. Letter carriers are reporting they were instructed to delay deliveries and piles of undelivered mail is stacked up at distribution centers. This raises the specter for more muddling to harm the nation’s postal delivery network.

The U.S. Postal Service is essential. They even helped create the innovations that led to this USPS commercial profiling We would not have pioneered bulk high volume photo scanning without their years of help. They are the reason for our success.

Over the years, due to the 600,000 postal workers, they became the catalyst for our success in digitizing more than 600 million pictures.

Today, nearly 40% of all our online orders are due to families rushing to preserve the lifetime of memories for relatives lost to Covid-19. They need digitally archived pictures for online memorial services.

Photo scanning has also become a trending activity as families stay home and seek normalcy projects, including to unclutter decades of nostalgic photo snapshots.

This recent “New Yorker” cartoon explains why people eagerly are revisiting those nostalgic photo memories.

U.S. Postal Service in Irvine, CA Your actions, as reported by Jacob Bogage at The Washington Post, “Postal Service memos detail ‘difficult’ changes, including slower mail delivery,” are having destructive ramifications. “The new directive goes against the training postal workers have traditionally received, which says they should avoid leaving letters behind and make sure items are delivered promptly, even if that means making multiple trips,” the Washington Post reported.

Digital Commerce 360 reported that since the coronavirus pandemic, ”Ecommerce order volume has increased nearly 47%.”

According to Tim Levin, transportation reporter at Business Insider, “DeJoy instructed workers to stop logging over time and leave the mail at distribution centers if it would delay their routes.”

USPS Distribution Center as they transport boxes of photos to be scanned and returnedIf this maddening policy continues, millions of small businesses, already affected by the pandemic, risk closing down.

While I await your response, to partly remedy your policy missteps, has enhanced our fulfillment with express service to instantly upload pictures upon scanning. However, there are many other companies which equally rely on the USPS that cannot innovate. The mail left behind and on loading docks includes precious family photographs.

Mail is an essential part of our company. Delays, especially if instructed by the Postmaster General are unacceptable and unconscionable.

Your immediate reply to remedy this crisis is requested,

Mitch Goldstone
Irvine, California


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Why Every Small Business Must Support Joe Biden For President

Businesses must be about more than just selling stuff. They must use their voice to humanize the company. We pause from our standard commentary on family history and photo preservation to share this important message. Why Every Small Business Must Support Joe Biden For President.


Watch A Socially Distanced Conversation: President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden

From Decider: COVID-19 can’t stop President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden from palling around. Over the past few weeks, Obama and Biden sat down for a socially-distanced conversation about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Trump’s COVID response, Biden’s presidential campaign, and more. After a day of hype (that Obama and Biden campaign ad sure was effective), voters will finally be able to watch the Obama Biden video today on their respective social media channels.



The Obama Biden interview serves as the first time the former colleagues have appeared in person during the 2020 campaign, so fans of 44 — and “46” as the promo teased — will definitely want to check it out. When will the Obama Biden conversation go live? How do I watch the Obama Biden video? Here’s everything you need to know.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama sat down for a socially distant conversation to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the steps they believe need to be taken to right the American economy.

  • The two men appear together in a new ad hyped by the Biden campaign
  • Both men entered a building separately wearing masks and had a conversation from a distance
  • They met at Obama’s Washington, D.C. office 
  • They diss President Trump for saying ‘No, I don’t take responsibility at all’ for the coronavirus 
  • ‘Those words didn’t come out of our mouths while we were in office,’ said Obama 
  • Biden said Trump ‘can’t relate in any way’ 
  • Polling shows Biden with a consistent lead over President Trump but less enthusiasm among his supporters 

How you too can help. Donate and support Joe Biden.

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Archiving Historic Photos in Chicago, The “Millions of Moments” Photo Collection

Archiving Historic Photos in Chicago

Here is an archivist’s dream story. How millions of pictures were preserved by the Chicago History Museum. Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection.

This Chicago Sun-Times article was reported by 


Until then, the location and condition of the newspaper’s photo archive had been a mystery — owners and employees of the Sun-Times were unaware the negatives were sitting in a storage facility about 100 miles west of Chicago.


The millions of images captured iconic moments. There was the back-to-school Bud Billiken Parade in 1953. Elvis Presley performing at the Chicago Stadium in 1972. Mayor Harold Washington being inaugurated in 1983. Walter Payton playing during the Chicago Bears championship 1985 season.

Details on the “Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection” exhibition at the Chicago History Museum. “Millions of Moments: The Chicago Sun-Times Photo Collection. From soaring joy to deep grief, beaming pride to livid outrage, the photojournalists of the Chicago Sun-Times captured these emotions and more as they doggedly, and often artfully, documented the city’s breaking news. Their bold images—of sports and entertainment legends, presidents, and everyday Chicagoans—earned the Sun-Times the moniker “Chicago’s Picture Newspaper” during the twentieth century.”

Beyond just photos, 35mm slides hold a rich treasure of nostalgia.

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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,

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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Southern Living: “Expert Tips for Organizing Old Photos”

Top Photo Organizing Tips: Southern Living Magazine profiles how to organize and digitize your old photo snapshots.

The experts at Southern Living Magazine shared these top tips to organize your old photos. Time to gather all your family snapshots to organize and share all. These expert tips will help get you started.

Written by Perri Ormont Blumberg, Senior Staff Writer at Meredith, these smart ideas will help inspire many to revisit and uncluttered their nostalgia photographs.

Excerpt: Expert Tips for Organizing All Your Old Photos

Spending so much time at home amidst the coronavirus pandemic has been hard, but one bright spot for people has been the downtime it’s afforded us to tackle long overdue household tasks. Some have finally painted that dresser with the teal paint that’s been sitting in the closet since last fall. Others have gotten their pantry organized like a Marie Kondo superstar. Many have taken to reminiscing over old family photos. Oh, have there been pictures!

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Services like will also do the brunt work for you in digitizing and organizing your memories, with their most popular offering being “fill-the-box” photo scanning, starting at $145 with free shipping to archive about 1,800 photos digitally. “Choose between 72 dpi resolution for social media sharing to 600 dpi resolution for the highest professional archival photo scanning,” advises Mitch Goldstone, CEO of

Now, dearest readers, if you’ll be so kind as to excuse us now, we’ve got a 1970 trip to Thailand to revisit. And piles and piles of pictures to get organized. Cue the 1940s swing music and let’s get started.

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What Are The Best Ways To Label Family Photos?

PEOPLE FINDER TIPS: How to identify and label family photos

Among the top questions we receive each day at is how to label scanned pictures? These people finder tips can help discover who are those long-gone relatives and people in your photo albums.

There are so many unidentified people peering out of those decades-past snapshots. They look familiar but who are they?

Tips to identify people in photos:

  • Start by flipping the photo over. Are there any notations on the back?
  • Use “Google Photos.” On your iPhone or iPad, open the Google Photos app .
    Tap Menu Settings Group similar faces.
    If you haven’t already, turn on Face grouping.
    Under “No face labeled as Me,” tap Choose.
    Select your face. Tap OK. This will automatically turn on “Allow contacts to recognize your face.”
  • Verge: “Google Photos has always been able to automatically recognize faces and sort them for you, which makes managing your library far easier than having to tag people manually. But the system misses faces sometimes, and there’s never been a way to correct it. Once this feature rolls out — and Google says it’s rolling out now — you’ll finally be able to add in many of the faces it’s been missing.”
  • Google Image Recognition creates an ideal tool for searching people in pictures. The tool scours the web for images that appear similar to the one you have uploaded.

Android Central: How to manually tag faces. Tagging faces is a great way to easily index your photos, but before, you needed to let Google do all of the work, with the only manual option being confirming automatic tags. Now, you can do the tagging yourself in just a few simple steps.

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