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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An Oregon Photographer on the Trail of Haunting and Soulful Images

Portland photographer Kati Dimoff often walks into thrift stores looking for old cameras that might have undeveloped film rolls in them. She has unearthed several old and intriguing photos as a result of this hobby.

One film roll she chanced upon earlier this year was even more significant because it had photos of a historic Oregon event  – the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. The camera, it turned out, belonged to an Oregon woman who passed away in 1981. After the story of Dimoff’s special find appeared in a local newspaper, her grandson Mel Purvis came forward to identify his grandmother, Faye Gardner, as the owner of the camera.

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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. (more…)

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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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