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Holiday Shipping Dates at ScanCafe

Please note: customer service inquiries are answered fastest at admin@scancafe.com. We will also have special holiday customer support hours from 7am to noon, PT, on December 24th.

There are 4 kinds of holiday-related ScanCafe gifts that we can deliver by December 23, 2011, depending on when you place your order:

GIFT DELIVERY REQUIREMENTS
ScanCafe standard media scanning For orders of 5,000 standard media scans or less, holiday delivery is guaranteed if we receive your originals by November 8th. To ensure holiday delivery, you must also complete the review and checkout process within 24 hours of when your scans are online. Please note, orders containing non-standard media (medium format, large format, black & white negatives, etc.) may take longer and are not guaranteed for holiday delivery.

With Express Service, available as a small surcharge per order of 400 standard media images or less, we must receive your originals by December 13th, so that you can download your high-resolution scans by December 18th.

ScanCafe Gift Card For physical delivery, order must be placed online by December 10. For electronic delivery, order may be placed as late as Christmas Eve!
ScanCafe Gift Box and Value Kit, complete For Gift Boxes to be completed and returned in time for December 23, we need to receive the Gift Box, filled with images, in Burlingame, CA by November 21st. For us to deliver an empty Gift Box (so it can be a present under the Christmas tree, etc.), we need to receive your order by Dec 12, if you plan on ordering it with regular UPS Ground shipping.

Our 60 Millionth Scan

60 million scans

Thanks to you, ScanCafe has just hit a major milestone: We’ve scanned our 60 millionth piece of media!

Not only does that make us the #1 scanning service, we’ve scanned far more photos, slides, videos and negatives than any other service out there.

So, what kind of media was number 60, 000, 000?

A VHS-C — that is, a video tape!

If you guessed correctly during our promotion, you’ll receive an additional 20% off your order, and we’ll let you know via email.

Back to School, in the Old Days

It’s just about time for school years to start again, which is a cruel thought for students here at the end of one of the hotter summers on record. What do you remember about going back to school, yourself? Was it that feeling of brand new blue jeans, or saddle oxfords? Or just a feeling of excitement–or dread? Tell us below about some of your back to school memories.

Answers to Our Summer Quiz

Our Summer Quiz

We remembered our fantastic national parks a few weeks ago with a promotional quiz based on this photo. It’s an old stereograph, produced by the thousands in the days before glossy travel magazines, and you can even browse through the Online Archive of California’s impressive online collection. The person in the picture is standing on top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, though nowadays there’s a railing and a big sign to tell you that trying to stand where this woman is standing is a VERY bad idea.

Most folks identified the park and the even the exact spot pretty easily, though the exact type of photo format–a stereograph–was a bit harder. But hardest of all was perhaps the most important question, which is who we should be thankful to for first trying to protect what is now Yosemite park from commercial development, and the answer is not John Muir, as most folks thought. It’s a much lesser-known figure named Galen Clark, who successfully lobbied President Lincoln to set the Yosemite valley’s lands aside.

A Rare Lincoln Photo, Restored

Lincoln Restored

This weekend, while you’re getting ready for your barbecues, we wanted to share a special photo with you to get you into the spirit of the holiday.

Taken during one of Abraham Lincoln’s final portrait sittings in February, 1865, the original negative was cracked and discarded. This scan (above left) was made by the Library of Congress from the surviving print.

To honor Independence Day, we used our award-winning restoration skills to restore this rare photo.

Download and view the high resolution photo here.

Happy Fourth of July from ScanCafe!