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Gift Idea No. 2: Give Those Hidden Photo Albums a Second Life

November 13, 2012

Photo albums.

Every family has them, be it the dreaded “sticky albums” or precious albums with every name date and location meticulously written in by a late great-great aunt who no one in the current generation has never known.

Because we have been trained in archival standards, it horrifies us to hear that other companies are insisting that images be ripped out of these albums for any sort of digitization, When an album is so precious that you couldn’t imagine handing it to a grandchild without fear, why would you yourself savagely tear apart a memory like this?

We at Priceless Photo Preservation understand the frustration and worry behind what to do with these albums.

So we have come up with a solution – and a unique holiday gift – that is also a perfect idea for those who seemingly have everything.

With our digitization services, we create the start of your digital family archive by entirely digitizing your albums. Not only do we capture each image in an album individually, we capture every page as well, creating for you an entirely digital version of the album, from front cover to back. That means you not only have preserved the photos themselves, but the chronology, architecture and written descriptions that make the album such an essential part of your family’s history.

Unlike other companies, you can trust us completely to handle your albums with the utmost care. We handle all the work ourselves in Ann Arbor. And we are trained professional archivists who graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Information. We have years of experience handling, digitizing and preserving priceless documents, photographs and negatives at such places as the University of Michigan’s Preservation and Conservation lab, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

With this option, the three year old in your family who is handed over the brand new iPad with its protective case can now be entrusted with this album –  in digital form. No longer are the photos and information in these albums trapped inside a closet and only rarely taken out. Now, they can return to being an active part of your family’s history.

What’s more, every sibling in the family can have a copy of this treasure. And don’t forget those great-grandparents who seem to have everything and want nothing. Having your albums digitized makes it easy for you to give DVDs filled with JPEGS and TIFFs as a family-wide stocking stuffer.

Or even better, load all those images onto a digital photo frame – an easy tech item for the non-tech savvy and tech savvy alike.

As always, if you have any preservation needs or want our help on a family digitization project, drop us a line at pricelessphotopreservation@gmail.com  or call us at 734-219-3916. We offer pickup and drop-off service throughout southeast Michigan and northwestern Ohio. We are now serving the Grand Rapids area as well.

Stay tuned for our next gift suggestion on Thursday!

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