What’s the oldest photo or album you have?
One of our clients gave us a truly historic antique book filled with heritage portraits to scan. He knew that all of the photos were of his mother’s family . . . and he knew the names of a couple of the people in the book.
Just look at how beautiful and fragile this album is. We gingerly opened it and used our Flip Pal scanner to gently scan the photos. The album was made to slide the portraits into slots and we couldn’t remove them due to the risk of tearing the pages.
Here’s four things you should do with your antique photos as soon as you can!
- Gather all of them into one place for safe storage
- Sit down with your family’s historian or oldest living relative and start identifying who is in the old photos. Use a post it on the back of the photo temporarily. Enjoy the reminiscing.
- Scan your photos with a flatbed scanner, and the backs of the photos if there is identifying names and dates.
- Tag the photos digitally with the name of the relative or use other photo organizing software to document the story behind the portrait.
Save the photos, portraits and save the stories!
My mom had a photo of her Uncle Barnny – and he was quite the character. I still have the photos and the stories of how he set their house on fire with his moonshine operation in the basement. Maybe I’ll write about that in another blog!
Let us know if you need any help with preserving the old family portraits, albums and photos – we’d be glad to teach you how, do it with you or do it for you!