Restoring and Archiving Old Family Photos

April 8, 2010 · 2 comments

in Documentary,Inspiration,News

I had lunch with my Mom for her birthday this Easter weekend, and we looked through our old family photos, some of which span back until before the 2nd World War. These were my two favourites.

My ouma Jolly hanging washing circa late 1940’s or early 1950’s, and my Mom circa 1974.

We have boxes of old family photos which I want to scan, restore and archive into some sort of a time line. Please post comments if you have any tips for this enormous task!

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dagmar April 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

Can you email me a large copy of the one of oma? What a fantastic photo!!

I would suggest you spend some time thinking about digital formats before you start your task (they can get old very quickly and then you have what they call the digital dark ages). Also experiment with different archive/timeline applications before you scan all of them because you might need to change the digitising process.

Erika April 26, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Rikki – I’ve been puzzling about the time the photo of your oma was taken and, looking at the washing, I get the feeling it’s quite continental and so I have to assume that it was taken in Leipzig before, during or after World War II – and perhaps it was taken by my dad just after they were married and just before they left for London to catch a troop ship home to South Africa. These is just an assumption but I would think that a man took the photo – just look at my mom’s great legs! She always had well-developed calf muscles… quite sexy!

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