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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Aunt Annie, But Not Pretzel Related

1940sAuntAnnieWeddingPhoto

AuntAnnieBasementParty

I went to a family reunion over the weekend, and loaded some of the old photos I've scanned over the last few years onto my iPad to show around.

The wedding photo above was the most popular picture, by far.

Aunt Annie was my maternal grandmother's sister. I knew her in her later years, obviously. She was very different from when she was younger. It wasn't just age; she had brain surgery in the early 1990s that saved her life. AND she outlived most of her siblings. She stayed lucid, but as a result, her personality changed. So I remember her as a sweet, silly, fun lady with an unforgettable laugh. The pictures above characterize her in a very different way. She's the bride in the first photo; in a dark dress in the second photo.

Anyway, some of her children, my mom's cousins, were at the reunion over the weekend. (It's become an annual event over the last few years, but that's an even longer story.) I don't think they ever saw the wedding photo. They were getting teary eyed just looking at it, so I made sure to forward copies to all of them. My grandma is in the photo, too. She's the next lady to the right of Aunt Annie.

Last night, I found a whole group of party pictures with her in them. I'm guessing it was a Christmas party that Aunt Annie and Uncle Johnny hosted a few years after their wedding. They were known for throwing big parties. I even attended a few of their ginormous family picnics when I was younger.

This photo from the set was particularly priceless. The little boy on the left scratching himself; the guy with a light bulb box on his hand; Uncle Johnny wearing a Christmas sweater, with his eldest daughter on his lap. And the expressions are somewhat candid. I love all of it.

Anyway, sharing those photos made me realize why I started digitizing them in the first place. Not only to preserve, but to share. I've been getting really burnt out on scanning lately; I've scanned more than 1,000 images since the beginning of the summer, from the late 1800s to the 1990s. (That's potentially one Time Travel Tuesday post a week for the next 19 years!) And I've scanned even more photos over the last few years. I started the project in 2012. I seem to work in spurts, but lately, I've just been wanting to get done with scanning my mom's massive collection, so I've been trying to finish an album a night.

The reunion just made me realize the hard work is worthwhile.

6 comments:

  1. Rad! I should totally do this, because my parents have so many epic photos from way back when that I'd hate to lose. <3

    Oh and apparently, I have no idea how to use Youtube. Haha. I don't typically make and upload videos, but I think I fixed the problem. Let me know if the video still isn't working for you! You'll have the whole month to see it though, so...I mean. Haha :D

    I'll try to enjoy the time off, but I'll be in school so...I probably won't. Hehe >_<

    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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    1. Ahh need to go back and watch the video now. Good luck being studious, haha.

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  2. Nice! I should do something like this for my grandparents, maybe for a group family Christmas present. :)

    http://lamentinglizzie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes! If you have some accessible photos, I highly recommend it. And once they're scanned, the fidelity will stay the same, too. Some of the pictures I've scanned are really old, so they're faded, scratched, written on, whatever.

      Scanning allows them to be viewed in their current state for years to come, instead of risking further damage.

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  3. There are some good photo scanning services out there. I've used Precision Camera & Video here in Austin, TX but I found a few online. Just be aware that Scancafe.com is the cheapest but they ship your photos to India. I'd be too afraid of them getting lost which is why I would stick to a reputable US company. Check your local photo lab. They call it Shoebox scans. Once scanned you may want to seek out permanent online storage so you won't have to sweat losing them or having the files damaged. You can then share them with anyone.There are some good photo scanning services out there. I've used Precision Camera & Video here in Austin, TX but I found a few online. Just be aware that Scancafe.com is the cheapest but they ship your photos to India. I'd be too afraid of them getting lost which is why I would stick to a reputable US company. Check your local photo lab. They call it Shoebox scans. Once scanned you may want to seek out permanent online storage so you won't have to sweat losing them or having the files damaged. You can then share them with anyone.

    http://www.MyFamilyVault.com

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    1. I never thought to look for scanning services! Ha. Wow. I doubt my mom would be comfortable with having her photos sent out, but it's good to know about. Thanks!

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