Q&A: A couple of years ago, I started organizing my digital photos the way you showed in your naming scanned photos post, instead of by subject, etc.
I’m just now starting to archive all the photos my Mom has. As we are taking them out of the albums (which, by the way, I hate those old “magnetic” albums–the photos stick to the pages), she is telling me who is in the pictures, etc.
Most of the ones we are doing now are the real old ones–her family photos and my Dad’s family photos. Some are dated and/or have captions to help identify them, but several don’t.
The problem is she can’t always narrow down the date enough to come up with a year. So that’s causing me to have a lot of photos with ’19xx-xx-xx’ as the date. There aren’t really any other family members who will know the answer so I doubt if the dates will ever be completed.
Any suggestions as to how to handle situations like this so I don’t have a long list of ’19xx’ photos?
This is a guest post by Trevor Rumsey.
A couple of weeks ago I was reading the November 19th, 2012 issue of People magazine which talked about some of the stories of rescues and survival around the recent superstorm Sandy that hit the Eastern seaboard of the United States.
One article entitled “Found in the Wreckage” (pages 58-59) caught my attention. The article spotlighted eight different families whose homes were destroyed by the storm.
It showed each of them holding the possession that they grabbed as they frantically abandoned their home to escape the storm and save their lives.
As I was reading the article I started to put myself in their place and to think about what would I take if I only had enough space and time to grab one or two things?
As I thought on this it didn’t take long to come up with the answer.
When I started scanning my photo collection, I had no plans to scan the backs of my prints.
This is even considering that maybe 60% of my family’s prints have handwriting on the other side. It’s either a date when the photo was taken, the names of people in the photo, or sometimes — like in the photo above — a lengthy description.
But, over the last several months, I’ve really been considering digitally capturing the backs of my photos and archiving them away too.
Here are three reasons why.
If this was your entire photo collection sitting in this trash can in the photo above, would this make you actually feel relief … or utter panic?
What if I added to this scenario. What if to the best of your knowledge, all of your photos sitting in the trash were already scanned and safely backed up on a couple of your hard drives.
Do you now feel relieved … or still utterly panicked?
From everyone I have talked to about this scenario, it seems safe for me to say that I believe the world is in somewhat of a divide whether it’s actually okay to throw away your prints and slides once they have been scanned and digitally preserved.
And for some, hopefully not too many, I am sure they would say it’s okay to throw away many if not most photos before they were scanned and preserved.
Yes. You heard me.
As you can probably see, I made some big changes to the look and feel of the site this weekend.
I didn’t hate the old design, in fact, I am still quite proud of it. It was really the first website I have ever done all of the design work (CSS “coding” & layout) myself from top to bottom.
It was a labor of love — and one that I spent way too much time tweaking!
I learned a ton in the process. So, even though I probably should have spent more of my time writing posts for the website, I can’t say I regret any of it.
But, it’s been a couple years now, and we are all accessing the internet in new and different ways. We aren’t always surfing on a nice big laptop or desktop screen anymore. Now it’s smart phones and tablets, and my website always needs to grow and adapt to the ways in which you would like to access it.
If you’re looking for something to store all of your 35-millimeter slides in, you should consider checking out the slide file made by a company called Logan.
It’s a very nice all-metal box with a hinged lid, two metal clasps to keep it shut and a little handle to carry it by.
I bought three of these because I actually couldn’t find what I thought I was looking for, which were these small, little cardboard boxes that hold maybe 70 or so slides that my dad had been using for many, many years to keep his entire slide collection in.
The Logan Slide File is about US$29.95 a piece. When I bought mine they were $26.95 so they’re not cheap. But almost anything slide-related seems to carry a premium right now in the digital era. But from every slide container I found, this seemed to be the best.
I was very happy to read that this slide file box has been made for about 40 years now and for those who like buying US products, you will be happy to know that they’re all made here in the United States in the City of Bartlett, Illinois.