Timeless pics and a Story: Of Childhood and Bonds That Never Break

Every order we get at ScanCafe – whether it involves scanning photos, digitizing negatives, or restoring damaged images – is processed manually and with a lot of attention to detail. We think it makes a difference and are thrilled when customers think so too.

We recently completed a slide digitization order for a wonderful customer named Cheryl. Many of the images in her collection were close to sixty years old but there was no way to tell by the time our photo restoration team was done with them.

Cheryl was kind enough to send us a few of those images, along with some deeply personal notes on why they meant so much to her and her husband.

Here is Cheryl’s story:

I was born in 1958 in Malden, Massachusetts. I have two brothers and I was the middle child. My dad worked at Boston Naval Shipyard. We all lived in a little apartment on Washington Street. That’s where the baby pictures were taken. My dad was a great photographer.

My older brother Art. This slide is about 56 years old!My older brother Art. This slide is about 56 years old!

Yours truly in Malden, MA. I still have the little bonnet in my hope chest because I'm very sentimental.Yours truly in Malden, MA. I still have the little bonnet in my hope chest because I’m very sentimental.

We moved to California when I was seven. We only lived a few miles from the ocean and so I spent a lot of my time there growing up. I still love the beach.

My younger brother Steve and I as teenagers in California

My younger brother Steve and I as teenagers in California-1My younger brother Steve and I as teenagers in California

My mom Cora was from Nova Scotia and so we visited family in Canada every other year. We lost her 27 years ago but many of these long lost slides captured who she was. ScanCafe brought her back to us with amazing clarity. My dad is also gone now and so we will treasure these images forever.

My mom loved kidsMy mom loved kids

My mother always told me the love of my life was right around the corner. Turns out he was, literally right around the corner. Steve and I married, moved to the Central Coast and had two kids together–a boy and a girl. The little blonde  in the grass is our son. The picture was taken by my dad about 24 years ago. We had never seen it before. My dad had a way of capturing people at the right time.

My mom loved kids

My husband had a son several years before we married. The mother remarried, and Steve didn’t really get to see his son while he was growing up. He reconnected with him a few years back through Facebook, believe it or not! We are so happy he is part of our lives now. My husband had no idea these pictures of him and his toddler son existed until his mother passed away recently and we started going through her slides. What we found are just priceless, especially after they were brought back to life by ScanCafe.

My Husband

Thank you for the beautiful share, Cheryl!

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5 Cloud Storage Havens for Your Photos

You have finally done it! Digitized your entire analog image collection – possibly with some help from your favorite film and photo scanning service. This essentially means that you have insured years of precious memories from being lost, damaged or destroyed. You should feel good about the achievement. But you are not really done until you have backed them up properly. An external hard drive is a good place to start but you need something more to keep your memories safe. Truly, really safe.

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Reunions: A British Photographer’s Fascinating Nostalgia Project

In the early eighties, Chris Porsz was working as a hospital porter in his hometown of Peterborough, 75 miles north of London. The photos he took at the time ‘by pointing a camera at society’ were of life and people on the streets of the town. In 2009, a local newspaper expressed interest in the photos and Chris decided to track down his original subjects in order to recreate those scenes from the past. That was the genesis of ‘Reunions’, a book of riveting ‘Then and Now’ photos and stories.

Here is Chris talking about ‘Reunions’: how it became a reality and why it’s a photography project that transcends boundaries.

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Timeless Pic and a Story: A Precious Memory Resurfaces

We recently completed a slide digitization and restoration order from Ralph Morrissey, a valued Scancafe customer. While going through newly restored images from his wedding, Ralph found one photo that he had not realized existed. As it turns out, it was an incredibly important find that meant a lot to a few people.

Here is Ralph’s story:

Something amazing and totally unexpected happened with the digitization and restoration of the nearly 50-year-old 35 mm slides in my collection. (more…)

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Timeless Pics and a Story: A Couple’s Pact to Follow Their Hearts

Patrick Korch studied Art in college but wore a number of other professional hats – logger, commercial fisherman, home builder, salesman and business owner (along with his wife Roberta) – before returning to his true calling. Our team at Scancafe got to view and digitize slides of Patrick’s creative work as well as hear about how he rediscovered his passion for art late in life.

Here is Patrick’s story:

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden to an Irish mother and a Swedish Father and grew up in Palo Alto, CA. After graduating from college with a degree in Art, I traveled around Europe for two years on an AJS Norton motorcycle – meeting new friends and studying art at museums.
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