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.

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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.

BONUS. ScanMyPhotos [which is not affiliated with this project] has created a unique 10% DISCOUNT FOR CHICAGO CUSTOMERS!

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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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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Edward Land and Polaroid

History of Edward Land and PolaroidWe are always inspired by professional landscaping photographer Todd Dominey and his educational vlogs. Todd’s newest profile showcases the extraordinary story of famed inventor Edward Land and how the Polaroid instant photography SX-70 camera was invented.

Follow Todd on Twitter and to learn more, visit his website. After watching the below vlog, click here for loads of past profiles.


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Unique Father’s Day Tech Gift To Digitize Pictures

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Father’s day is coming up on June 21—are you racking your brain trying to figure out what to get dad for the big day?

Well, don’t sweat it, you have plenty of time! To help you get some great Father’s Day gift ideas for photography-loving dads, we pulled together some options for you to consider.

This year, instead of a tie or cologne, give Dad a personalized photo gift and make it a holiday to remember. Surprise him with his lifetime of pictures digitized at

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ScanMyPhotos.comE-Gift Card-Certificates are now available

The perfect gift so others can have their lifetime of photo memories digitally saved. Pictures store a vault of history that must be preserved.

Give an instant gift

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It takes a minute to order online and your recipients instantly receive an online secured access code and gift message from you via email.

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Any questions, use our free Live Support help desk at Your recipients also have access to our free Live Support help desk. Remember, all photo scanning orders are completed and mailed back the same day.

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Best Covid-19 Public Service TV Commercials By Top Brands

scanmyphotos loves grandparents 300x169 - Best Covid-19 Public Service TV Commercials By Top BrandsMany companies are aiming for a message of explicit goodness, speaking to our sense of community and social responsibility during the COVID-19 emergency. We compiled a list of the best messages from companies across the nation.

Our list of the most emotional and smart advertisements by American businesses during the coronavirus emergency.

The Fine Print of Grubhub’s $100 Million Relief Program for Ailing Restaurants. Together we can help the restaurants we love. Right now, restaurants are facing a crisis and they need our help. That’s why we need everyone to order takeout or delivery to support your local restaurants:

Sam Adams Presents the Restaurant Strong Fund. The Greg Hill Foundation has teamed up with Samuel Adams to support those from the restaurant industry who have been impacted by the Covid-19 closures. Together, and with your help, we will be raising awareness and funds to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers who are dependent on wages plus tips to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families. To donate or apply for a grant, visit

Amazon TV Commercial, ‘Keeping Our Teams Safe’. Amazon says that right now, nothing is more important than safety, health and protecting its people as some of the safety measures its warehouses are taking are displayed. The online retailer thanks its employees for making it possible for others to stay home

Stay home if you can. And with drivers, delivery people, and restaurants, we’ll help move what matters.#StayHome #MoveWhatMatters. Thank You For Not Riding | Uber

Visit Las Vegas TV Commercial, ‘The Only Thing That Matters to Us Is … YOU’. Visit Las Vegas says there’s something more important than the shows, the hotels and the neon that lights up the Strip… and that thing is you. The city understands that it is difficult to travel in the wake of the novel coronavirus and encourages people to put their safety first in this unprecedented time. Visit Las Vegas wants travelers to know that when they are ready, it will be ready and better than ever.

#FoodserviceStrong. Adversity. See everything Sysco is doing to support our community and our customers.


Choose Contactless Delivery from Domino’s to get delicious pizza safely and conveniently.

U.S. Postal Service. This past commercial explains why the USPS is a vital part of America. As talk of disbanding the postal service rages, keep in mind there are 500,000 employees and they are keeping millions of businesses in business, like ours at ScanMyPhotos. The United States Post Office (USPO) was ordered by the Second Continental Congress on July 26, 1775. Benjamin Franklin oversaw its creation as head of the department for a short while.

AD Council: You can help slow the spread of COVID-19. By practicing social distancing and limiting your interactions with others, you can help prevent coronavirus from spreading. But staying in doesn’t mean you have to be solo. We can be #AloneTogether. For more information, visit

Blue Shield of California. “The fight is tough, but so are you. Thank you, front line.”

“Google TV Commercial, ‘Thank You Healthcare Workers’. Google says that now more than ever before, people are using its search engine to find ways to help each other. The company gives thanks to healthcare workers for the sacrifices they have made to fight COVID-19 and encourages others to stay home.”

The Lincoln Project. Donald Trump’s failed presidency has left the nation weaker, sicker, and teetering on the verge of a new Great Depression. “There’s mourning in America.”


The Lincoln Project Founders:
George Conway:
Reed Galen:
Jennifer Horn:
Mike Madrid:
Steve Schmidt:
Ron Steslow:
John Weaver:
Rick Wilson:


We’ll Be Here | McDonald’s. We’re still here, at the Drive Thru, to take your order.

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#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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