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Scan Your Old Family Pictures

December 24, 2010

Unidentified mother and child, photo found among my husband's family pictures

Last night at the family visitation for my brother-in-law, I was reminded what a nice thing it is for treasured old family pictures to be scanned and put into a slide show of memories. I am sure his children had taken care of the major portion of this task well before his passing. He was 92, and by this time they had been preparing for that inevitable day.

My brother-in-law had lived two lives really. He raised four children with his first wife who died from cancer when the kids were just about grown. Then he met my sister, who had four children, also young adults and teens. They became a blended family at a time when most of the kids were leaving the nest.

He was a boy scout leader in the early years, a chemical engineer, and avid mountain hiker. Once a year for more years than I can count, he met several of his friends to hike portions of the Appalachian Trail for a week at a time.

My sister and he loved to travel and find antiques. They created an amazing pioneer village in the woods by a beautiful stream, which was a continuing project right to the very last. Click here to get the full story and scope of this unique place.

Last night we all enjoyed seeing memories of his long and rich life displayed on three different screens. His son had made three separate slide shows highlighting different themes of his life. It was a wonderful labor of love.

Do you know where your old pre-digital family pictures are? Mine are mostly still in boxes. I need to get to work on them, because I’m the only one who knows where they all are. It might be a good idea to compile individualized CDs starring each of my kids with their childhood memories, along with special ones of their own kids as gifts for next year.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2010 10:33 am

    I made a donation to my local NPR station and they sent me a box from http://www.scancafe.com. I was able to fill it with 600 slides/photos/negatives and am going to get them all back, scanned, on a CD. That service costs $150 usually. I haven’t got them back yet so don’t know the quality, but they get good reviews, and I did get an acknowledgment that they were received.

    A lot easier than doing it yourself! Then you can make a book for everyone (www.blurb.com). It gets addictive after awhile!

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