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Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:51pm PT
eKat-

Why don't you check out the website Find a Grave and put up memorials to your ancestors along with scans of their photos there? Those are going to be part of a digital archive or whatever future media comes along in the future and it's maintained by them and not yourself. Ancestry.com is also a good place to store images, although you have to pay a subscription at least until you get them up there. Once they're digitized, you can even print your own family history book using Ancestry's software. Ancestry's info is backed up in underground vaults in Salt Lake City that are said to be able to withstand a nuclear attack.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:53pm PT
Mark,, digital is digital, but prints are special. Dont toss em! Heck,, sell em for some cause!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
Nope, trash!

If anyone ever thinks my contributions to climbing are significant enough, they can contact Ellen if I'm dead and she will have the photos on a disc. That's as good as its going to get.

Beyond that, the trash goes out on Thursday morning.

Besides, I'm doing at least as good of a job scanning the slides as anyone wanting to put them in a magazine or book will do.
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 14, 2013 - 01:04pm PT
Thanks for the idea, Jan.

Many of these old shots have been framed, thank goodness, and they're on display in my log cabin - that looks like it was built in the Victorian. I'd have to take them all apart to scan them. . . sounds too distructive, really. But. . . I'll give it some thought.

They're really neat old photos. . . my Great Aunts and Gran used to tell me stories about what it was like to have "THE PHOTOGRAPHER" come to the homesteads. They knew, a year in advance, that he was coming and they hung on everyday of the wait, with bated breath. It was a big deal. One thing they mentioned, many times, was how still they had to be. In one shot, my Great Aunt Grace is wearing this beautiful white lace hat - spun around the top of her head like some errant cotton candy. . . Blanchard says it's a lenticular that built up around her because she had to sit still for so long.

HA!
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 14, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
yup. trash. lighten the load!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 14, 2013 - 01:34pm PT
That's my retirement project... Someday when I retire... Scanning and tossing.

I've started on the project with a Nikon scanner, and it's tedious work but I am pleased with the results:

Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Valley of Death, Alaska
Valley of Death, Alaska
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 01:37pm PT
I'm borrowing a Nikon Coolscan from Max, who is borrowing it from a neighbor. So far, the results are very nice. It does take time though.
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Technically...the spawning grounds of Yosemite
Jul 14, 2013 - 02:49pm PT
You never do know who might come along 40-something years later, just hoping to find a picture of someone she never had a chance to know. (And, no, I'm not implying anything there!)

One of the most touching photos sent to me of Dolt was located by Natalie Sherrick online. She had Googled "Tahquitz" and just happened upon it. The photo was a casual group shot, but it captured the folks in it in that unique way that only a combination of a group of personalities can.

Consider donating them so that they can be archived. Any number of the folks who look up to you would be blessed (and probably really psyched) if given the opportunity to see the world through your eyes.
Trad is Rad

Trad climber
San Luis Obispo California
Jul 14, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
You should send all the good ones to me, Id love to have the originals just for shts and giggles. I find the retro photos to be full of awesomness and stoke.
Johnny K.

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
What happens if technology bites the dust one day and there is no way to look at digital formats?Nothing can replace original photos imo.

As mentioned earlier,there is something special about original prints,especially with handwritten messages/notes on the backings.I was very fortunate to have many original photos dating back many many generations.I will pass those on to the future generations as well adding my own.

Scanning original prints to digital form is a great idea.Though,I personally would never throw them away,I put the originals in a fire/waterproof container for safekeeping to pass on when the time comes.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jul 14, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
What happens if technology bites the dust one day and there is no way to look at digital formats?

You've got a valid concern, but I don't think there's much risk with digital photos because they're so portable. Think about what it takes to copy digitial photos - a click or two.

I have a bunch of VHS tape material that I converted to digital video (DV) format with a lot of work. Now I have a bunch of stuff trapped on DV tapes - and it's all still inaccessible. Only recently have desktop computers developed enough memory to start storing hours and hours of digital video on hard drives. But now I gotta get a DV player to transfer all that video to my hard drive if I ever want to see it again.

Once digital material it's on hard drive, it should be fairly easy to transfer to any other format regardless of the changes in technology.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 14, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
FWIW, keep them around, your daughter may not care but maybe they will inspire her kids.
I know I treasure seeing my great grandfather on horseback in Chicago and the other minding his Armenian marketplace.

I don't look a my digital pictures as much because they are digital.
The hard copies passed down are up on the walls and seen everyday.
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Jul 14, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
Yeah. Don't toss them. Scanners are getting better all of the time. Also, if you want to publish a pic, it is much better to keep the slide. This slide has been in the arms of Patagonia, but has been printed so many times that it nigh paid for the trip.

Does anyone else here have a shot in "Unexpected"? It is a coffee table book with the best Patagonia catalog shots from the years.

Grossman is in it, along with a bunch of other climbers. This pic has a full page and has been in about 5 mag articles:

Credit: BASE104
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 14, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
If you have ever had to bury a friend or relative and go through their house, it's mostly a bunch a stuff, some of it sentimental most of it is not, except the photos. The photos help those greiving and left behind.
stunewberry

Trad climber
Spokane, WA
Jul 14, 2013 - 06:40pm PT
The cardboard frames are really good for removing copperheads, if you know the trick. Take them on your next wall.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 06:44pm PT
Ha! I'll try that! ;-)
go-B

climber
Hebrews 1:3
Jul 14, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
Save um good for the Antiques Roadshow!
Double D

climber
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
This was prolly mentioned in the up posts but the reality of color film is that it deteriorates pretty bad after 20 years. Just blow up an old image on a high-res scan and you'll see halo's all over the bright areas. Ok for small images, not so good for large prints.

Memories are best left to campfires.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
I've filled half a garbage can already.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:40pm PT
It is sad, but not a shame
To play the old-time memories game
You should feel free to toss the lame
But the good ones save to put in a frame
To increase your fame, To broadcast your name...NOT!

Mark, just do it as you see fit.

But Lilabiene is right on, too.

Ledge Rat, scannig is soooo boring, and yet it gets juices flowing, doesn't it?

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