Toronto. Many genealogists like me have been thrilled to track down and identify photographs. I have many going back to 1900. My dad used a Kodak Junior Six-20 he bought in the 1930s so I have pictures of my early years.
Once I began earning money in the 1950s, I used 35mm film and cut film. For some negatives I made a print, but many others exist as negatives only. I am busy scanning these negatives and adding key words while I can still remember details and dates. Of course all you need is the naked eye to see these prints and negatives!
While digitizing makes key wording and “developing” a snap compared to the old analogue processes, one cannot easily see the result – digital prints and negatives require software and hardware compatible with the original digital files. (My friend George Dunbar frequently pointed out that the down side of digital photography may be the difficulty in viewing images decades or centuries from now. He once mentioned printing all his important images at a local store.)
In early July, George sent me a note explaining he may have found a suitable solution. He discovered the web site “Recently” that offers a service converting digital images taken with a smart phone to a magazine format. Currently the magazine ships only to a US address, but the company plans to expand internationally late this year. Check it out, as they say on TV!