After collecting all the photographs taken by my grandfather, my parents, myself, my wife, our daughter, my in-laws and my “almost in-laws”, I have a “reservoir” of probably 20,000, maybe even 25,000 photographs to consider scanning.
Most are either Kodachrome slides or film negatives, both color as well as black and white and several ferrotypes and daguerreotypes in there too. The daguerreotypes date back to the late 1850s and 1860s and are of people in US Civil War military uniforms. So, the images span a time frame of more than 150 years.
For the project, I purchased an Epson V850 scanner, several cans of compressed air (to get the dust off of the film) and several boxes of the white cotton gloves (so I don’t damage the film with fingerprints). It turns out that the local camera store had everything in stock and at the same price as “on the internet”, so I bought it locally.
I also purchased three 6TB USB drives. My plan is to duplicate the contents on all the disks and keep one at my mother in law’s house.
There is no way I’m going to scan *all* of the images, so I’ve set up my grandfather’s light table and I’m just looking at the images so I can get a good idea of what I want to scan. No matter what, I’m going to keep the originals in archival storage…so that I can go back and scan an image that I originally decided I didn’t want to scan…and so that if technology moves on and renders the USB drives unreadable, I’ll still have the images.
Thankfully my parents and grandparents kept detailed daily diaries and notes regarding the photographs, so I should be able to figure out the “who, what, when, where” and maybe even sometimes the “why” of the photographs.
Looking at the old family photos has brought me feelings of amazement, lots of memories, some discomfort and in the case of three images, tears.