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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

USA Today: "How to Easily Scan Thousands of Analog Photos"

If you're like me, you spent the New Year's holiday cleaning the clutter in your home, and taking inventory of those messy closets. Over the weekend, I grabbed five shoe boxes of analog photo prints and brought them to [] ... in Irvine, Calif., [They] ... specialize in high-speed photo scans, and operates the website.

My wife and I brought 4,000 pictures with us -- the first ten years of my son's life in prints, and really old family photos from my wife's family, handed down from generation to generation, circa 1930s through the 1960s. (That's one, on the left: Vern Stroud, circa the 1930s; he was my wife's father.)

Owner Mitch Goldstone [and Carl Berman] has industrial-strength high-speed scanners from Kodak that he uses to zoom through photos, and if you live in the area, can do it while you wait. He charges $49.95 for up to 1,000 photos, or $99.95 for up to 2,000 pix. (Mail-order customers get sent a box to put the pictures in after paying for their order.)

What takes time is organizing. Goldstone asks that all pictures be categorized by size -- 8x10s, 5x7s, Polaroids, slides, etc. Over the holidays, Goldstone says he scanned more than 100,000 pictures daily, and has scanned more than four million total since adding scanning to his business in 2005. Now, 80% of his business is scans and he's just added photo restoration to his services, which he talks about on his new
Photo Scanning blog [Tales from the World of Photo Scanning].
Scan Photos, 35mm Slide and Negative Scanning, Photo Restoration, Digital Printing -