Time Travel With Old Photos

Photos can age over time – becoming dull, faded or strongly tinted. But these old photos from our open archives are different. Post our photo scanning and restoration processes, the colors in these pictures are vibrant and fresh. So, they don’t look like old photos at first glance. But they contain plenty of other elements that point to their vintage. In fact, those who want to play photo sleuth can zoom in on details (car models, for example) to try and figure out when they were taken.

The images capture everyday moments that are steeped in the mystique of the past. We may not know the people in them but we feel a connection to their lives and stories. And we feel drawn to use all the clues in the frame – people, clothing, backdrop, cars – to try and fill in these stories for ourselves. (more…)

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A Few Stunning Examples of Photo Restoration

Time is not always kind to photos. Many of them fade over the years. Others are afflicted by rips, scratches, water spots or mold.

Fortunately, in the right hands, this damage is reversible. Detailed photo repair is not an easy task but a reliable photo restoration service should be able to tackle it. Using the latest scanning and editing software, a specialist can take a damaged image and reconstruct it, pixel by painstaking pixel.

Just look at the examples below to see how skilled photo repair and restoration can perform miracles on time-worn memories.


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Three Photo Collections to Learn About Ourselves and Our World

By itself, a photo is simply a snapshot of a moment, captured and frozen in time. But when it’s part of a thoughtful collection, it takes on layers that tell us something about ourselves and the world around us.

The three collections described here were all compiled in different ways. One was a patient and deeply personal exercise spread out over forty years. Another is a painstakingly curated set of recognizable images, paired with stories of how were taken. The last one is a product of social media – born on Tumblr and bred on Instagram. Regardless of how they were put together, they are all powerful visual diaries that are worth flipping through.


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Snapshots of a Family in the Sixties

After this ScanCafe customer recently converted hundreds of family photographs and 8mm movies to digital, he was moved enough to share some of the pictures, along with a few details.

Here is his story – a simple but engaging account of life in the 1960s by the mountains:

Although the photo digitization project had been on my mind for a long time, it always lagged on the “back burner” as time went on. But when my beautiful mother, the matriarch of our family and our extended families passed away this past April, I felt the need to recapture some of our family history. I am sorry I did not do this sooner so that she could enjoy the results too.


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Finding Geneva: A Lifelong Quest Ends With Answers

ScanCafe customer Jan shares this incredibly gripping account of her search for a ‘mystery’ family member:

Who is she? Where does she live? Is she still alive? What does she look like? Can I see a picture of her? What happened to her? Why don’t you talk about her? These are a few of the questions I always had about my father’s only sister and sibling. I only knew she was eight years older than my father and that her name was Geneva. But she always remained the “mystery woman” in my life.   (more…)

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