My Dad has a bit of time on his hands now and he has started messing around with the family archives. Like any other family we have boxes and boxes of old photos, some of them dating to the era before they had real cameras. We have this one old picture that no one is quite sure who it is. We have been thinking about what is the best program to use for scanning old photos lately. We have this program called Scan Speeder, but we do not know whether that is the right thing. At the moment we are trying to play around with it and figure out how to get the best results from it. If you know what you are doing I am sure that all of this seems like child’s play, but my Dad and I have been feeling our way through this process. Of course we are dealing with stuff that has all sorts of quality.
A lot of these photos were taken with Kodak Instamatics and these cheap cameras that they used to call Brownies. We have a picture of my Grandfather sitting at the kitchen table with his cameras. Of course back then every person had the same types of relatively inexpensive cameras. The kodak land camera is still up in the attic. Dad was saying that it must be a collector’s item, but I assume that so many of them were built that they can not be worth too much. I have seen a half a dozen of them in different places and that tells me that you can find one if you really wanted to. Of course they do not make any film for the cameras any longer. I believe that the company went out of business because of digital cameras.