Classic Images Saved from the Archives – Geoff Fisher collection

ScanCorner recently worked closely with renowned Perth photographer and AIPP Master photographer Geoff Fisher to revive some of his fascinating archives. Geoff has been the owner of Fisher Photography for more than three decades.

Many of his older works are restricted to the analogue world and can not be easily shared.  ScanCorner worked with Geoff to convert a selection of old negatives to digital format to revive these memories.

Geoff has photographed many interesting people including quite a number of the State Premiers and ScanCorner preserved a selection of classic historical photographs including swearing in ceremonies. For example a classic image of Brian Burke (below left) and Peter Dowding (below right) at their respective ceremonies.

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Another image that caught our imagination during the scanning of photo’s and negative’s was the image of a customised car photographed at sunset. The spare tyre is being housed in a very unusual place….

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The images Geoff had of the time he spent with Hans Tholstrup the Danish born Adventurer also brought back some memories.  Geoff joined Hans on one of his adventures taking a motorbike through the Australian outback (from Rockhampton to Perth in 1972). There are many interesting images of this trip, however the one that most fascinated us was the image of Hans getting ready the tow a 4wd.

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Hans Tholstrup – Rockhampton to Perth 1972

Each of these images and many more in Geoff’s collection were manually scanned and restored using the standard ScanCorner process. The manual scanning of negatives and photographs to reduce the risk of damage, followed by cropping and colour correction and the ScanCorner technicians then removing scratches, dust or mold that may appear on the scanned image.

Do the Boomerang!

Nowadays, Instagram is treated as a standard for every photographer and even under casual users the app has established itself rather quickly. With our without specific filters, using Hashtags and Snapshots they users are trying constantly to entertain their audiences with unique photos.  At the same time the content producers are touting for their part of the daily growing user base . As a natural consequence of the success of the application, it went a step further and enables the user to record moving pictures.
GIFs, short for graphic interchange format are an ever present phenomena of the internet. Even Facebook admitted the success of this graphical format by enabling GIFs as a n alternative to the rather monotonous profile picture.

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©Instagram

But what is Boomerang and which features made it so unique? Under the Slogan: “IT’S NOT A PHOTO, IT’S NOT A GIF, IT’S BOOMERANG”, Instagram released its new application which came more or less as a surprise to the loyal user base.

The app is rather easy to use: press the record button and the rest will be done automatically. Boomerang records a series of a total of 10 pictures and combines them to a video of around 1 second. This extremely short video can be watched forwards and backwards. In addition it is the app also provides the characteristics share option to make the video available for friends and relatives.

The program is comparable to the Live-Photo feature of the IPhone 6. However, Boomerang has no restrictions concerning smartphones and can be installed on almost any commonly used mobile device.
While using the application on a frequent basis it is advised to ensure enough memory space is available. Regardless of the purpose, each and every video will be stored on the actual device. Like its predecessor Instagram, Boomerang is available for free and photos can be made in horizontal and portrait format, using front or rear camera of your smartphone. As a side note, it is not required to be a registered Facebook or Instagram user to have access to this application.
If you already tried Boomerang, please feel free to share your best moments and experiences with us. We are looking forward to all of your creative and ambitious projects.
Your ScanCorner-Team.

Importance of Securing your Photos

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Have you ever wished you’d done something before you realised it was gone? Our greatest regret are the things that we didn’t do compared to the things we did. Sometimes we need to plan ahead. There is no warning when a disaster may happen, it could be tomorrow or next week but hopefully never.

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Natural disasters are happening quite often these days. Fires, Floods, Tsunamis, earthquakes etc. I hope they won’t ever come in your home or in your life, but still we have to plan things ahead and invest in the things that will help secure our future such as: insurances and savings.

Although money is very important, there are things that no amount of money or time can buy once they’re gone. Memories are one of these things. Memories captured in photographs or videos and stored in Analogue format can easily be lost either through natural fading and degradation or more dramatically through disaster.

A few years ago, my friend Steve, who is a professional photographer, had his life’s work stored in his home office until a very unfortunate event occurred and he lost them all. Steve was not able to recover a single photograph, film or even a hard drive, not to mention his family’s precious memories that he captured. He said he was devastated that he also lost a special photograph of his grandparents on their wedding day that had inspired him to be a professional photographer.

This may have happened to some of you in the past, lucky are those who have saved a preserved their childhood photographs and family videos.

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These days, everything else is digitised and photos are easily uploaded online and saved, but what about your old photos? With ScanCorner, you can have your old photographs digitised and stored safely, and the best part is, you can also have them restored. Secure your photos now!

Since working with ScanCorner, I immediately had our old photographs digitised so I could store them online, some of them were slightly ruined by humidity and I had them fixed too! This made us so happy. Our old photo’s and videos from childhood are now safe and secure.

For more info, visit http://www.scancorner.com.au/

Memories last for a lifetime?

On our website and on our flyers we claim that we save your memories for a lifetime. We recommend and advice you to digitise your old slides or photos to save them before they get stained and your memories get lost forever. Some of you take the chance of our offer to get them scanned to DVD and save them forever.

Onseveral trade fairs you ask us many times the same question, not only there but our customer support gets many queries with the same topic, too: What is the durability of the provided DVDs and how reliable are these DVD as storage for my memories?

Unfortunately we can’t provide you with an exact and guaranteed answer about that topic with that blog post. We have to rely and trust the details of the producer, too. Some of them claim a life span of almost 100 years for their DVD’s, others – independent researches – mention a lifespan between five to ten years. We think that a life span of 10 years is more realistic, though every one of us has many music CD’s in the shelves which are older than 10 years.

The next question of you might be, if it is sufficient to renew the own DVDs which contain the valuable memories after a specific period?

We recommend you to save your memories from the beginning on a different device, either on a cloud or on your PC to avoid any reading errors or other troubles with your DVD. Nowadays there are many cheap external hard discs available which are useful to save your important data. In addition we recommend you to renew your DVD every two years to have another copy of your important files.

If you are done with these steps to save your valuable data, you can enjoy your images or movies on your PC or tablet and you don’t have to worry about losing your memories for a lifetime.

If you need any further assistance about the right storage device or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our customer support.

About ScanCorner

ScanCorner offers one of the best value digitisation services in Australia. Every memory is handled by professionals who scan and restore them to bring out the best quality. We also create a personalised online gallery with the digitised images which you can share with your friends and family.

 

Digital Images of the history of Wales are now available on Wikipedia

A group of Elizabethan Ladies
A group of Elizabethan Ladies

The National Library of Wales is working closely with Wikimedia UK (WMUK) on this project and has uploaded over 4000 images of the history of Wales. These thousands of images of the medieval history of Wales are now available on Wikipedia as well as on the website of National Library of Wales.

Wikimedia UK is a charity to support volunteers in the United Kingdom who work on projects of Wikimedia such as Wikipedia.

History of the Kings - Morgan and Cunedda
History of the Kings – Morgan and Cunedda

Jasons Evans, the Wikipedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales, explains “One of the Library’s key goals over the next few years is to provide ‘Knowledge for All’. We want to make our collections available freely and widely, and sharing material with sites such as Flickr and Wikicommons gives us an opportunity to reach a far wider audience than we could ever hope to reach via our own website alone.”

The images are those from the 15th and 14th century which illustrates and explains the then life of the great kings and also the Welsh manuscripts.

Jason adds, “Everything we release to Wikipedia is also released on an open license ‘Public Domain’ so these images can be reused by anyone for free. This encourages the development of educational and documentary resources. Already images from these manuscripts have generated staggering viewing stats.”

To view the images of the medieval manuscripts, click here.

Creative reuse of your old slides

Are you planning to digitize your old slides? Are you going to dispose your slides afterwards or do you want to keep them? If you don’t want to dispose them, do you put them on your attic again? Have you heard about “Upcycling”?

Upcycling means that trash or actually useless materials are going to be converted into new products, that is to say you revalue the material.

In 1994 the idea of Upcycling was mentioned the first time but it became more and more popular in the last two or three years. Famous examples are messenger bags or pockets made out of recycled truck canvas or frisbees made out of recycled PET-bottles. In addition more and more big companies produce their products from recycled materials.

The employees of ScanCorner digitize hundreds of slides every day. During that process we are asking ourselves what you are going to do afterwards with them. In this blog post we would like to present you one idea on what you can do with your slides afterwards.

On Pinterest or on the following page you will find examples on how to convert your old slides into an old lamp or a curtain.

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What do you need for this? Patience, instant adhesive, modelling material, a candle/ light bulb and your old slides.

We think that upcycling is another possibility to unveil your old memories in a different way than digitization. Everyone is looking at these small images when they are illuminated. With your construction style, you decide the durability of your lamp. The lamp on the mentioned website will be something for the damp and dark months in autumn or winter but you can make your memories last a lifetime too.

Please put the modelling material in a circle on your window-still and stick the first slides into it. Glue the slides with an instant adhesive or glue together. The next steps are a little trickier because you have to fix the following slides above the existing slides. You repeat this steps until you reach the expected height.

Enjoy your upcycled lamp – your ScanCorner-Team

Historical aerial photos of Minneapolis made available online

University of Minnesota Libraries, City of Minneapolis and the Minnesota Historical Society worked together and completed digitisation of more than 4,500 historical aerial photos of Minneapolis, dating back to 1938.

These scanned photos of the Minneapolis were added to the already existing online collection of the Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs of more than 121,000 aerial photographs from around the state dating back to 1923. The original photographs will be preserved by the Libraries and the digital images are freely available for viewing by the public.  Students and history enthusiasts can use these photos as part of their research project to make a study on how the area back in 1938 changed over time.

Ryan Mattke, head of the John R. Borchert Library  said “I think that this project is a great collaboration among the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Historical Society, and the University of Minnesota to make sure that these historical resources are not only preserved and archived but also available to the public for use by anybody.”

“Because of our partnership with the Borchert Map Library, we’ve been successful at providing digital images online to give immediate benefits to the community, while ensuring proper long-term care of the original artifacts,” said City Clerk Casey Carl, city of Minneapolis. “This project was a true win-win partnership for the city and the community.”

You can view the aerial photographs here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/apps/mhapo/index.html#mpls

550,000 newsreel clips added to the YouTube by the Associated Press

The Associated Press and the British Movietone teamed up to upload more than 100 years of newsreel footage dating from 1895 to present with the world which will serve as a source of education for historians and documentary filmmakers.

The largest upload to YouTube of historical news content of more than 1 million minutes of 550,000 digitised footage includes footage of the major historical events like the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, Pearl Harbor bombing in 1941, Nelson Mandela’s release, and an amateur video of one of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers on 9/11, celebrity footage, fashion and lifestyle through the ages, sports and entertainment, Science and technology and other historical milestones. All this content will be continually refreshed by AP.

“The AP archive footage, combined with the British Movietone collection, creates an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history,” said Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”

Stephen Nuttall, the director of YouTube in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, comments: “Making this content available on YouTube is a wonderful initiative from AP and British Movietone that will breathe new life into their footage and no doubt delight our global community – from students researching history projects to curious culture-vultures and the billions in between. It’s an historical treasure trove that will give YouTube users around the world a moving window into the past and I can’t wait to explore it.”

The content dating from 1895 to 1986 is available on two YouTube channels: AP Archive and British Movietone

Hiroshima – 70 years after it was destructed by the Atomic Bomb

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Atomic Bombing – Hiroshima

In August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first nuclear weapon, a uranium gun-type bomb (Little Boy), on Hiroshima, during the final stage of the Second World War.

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The Little Boy

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay released the Little Boy at 08:15 which contained about 64 kg of Uranium-235 which exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima. The Aioi Bridge, which was the target was missed due to the crosswinds, by approximately 800 ft (240 m) and detonated directly over Shima Surgical Clinic at 34.39468°N 132.45462°E. Around 90,000 – 166,000 people were killed of the total population of approximately 340,000 – 350,000 in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima – Then and now images

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16mm film of Amelia Earhart donated to Purdue’s Library

16mm film of Amelia Earhart
16mm film of Amelia Earhart

The 16mm film donated to Purdue University Libraries’ Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center features Amelia Earhart and her Lockheed Electra plane as they were being photographed by Earhart’s official photographer, Albert Bresnik.  The footage thought to have been taken by Albert’s brother, John Bresnik, captured Earhart speaking and posing at the Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California (today known as the Bob Hope Airport).

Douglas Westfall donated the film to Purdue who is the owner and publisher at The Paragon Agency, which released a book “Amelia Earhart’s Last Photo Shoot”, by Nicole Swinford.

Edward Elliott, the then president of Purdue, recruited Amelia Earhart as a career counsellor and advisor to the Department of Aeronautics. Lockheed Electra that became known as Earhart’s flying laboratory was purchased for $80,000 from the fund for Aeronautical Research in April 1936. Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished on July 2, 1937, over the Pacific Ocean during their around-the-world flight.

Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan (AP Photo, File)
Amelia Earhart, Fred Noonan (AP Photo, File)

Tracy Grimm, the Barron Hilton archivist for Flight and Space Exploration in Purdue’s Archives and Special Collections explained that during Earhart’s time, aviators were considered heroes because, due to the dangers of aviation, they were risking their lives.

“Defying gender roles, Amelia Earhart built an unorthodox career in a man’s world, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, was a compelling force for women’s rights and consistently made the Most Admired and Best Dressed women lists, a complex combination that allowed her to have a real and lasting impact,” wrote Cochrane in the Huffington Post piece.

More info: http://collections.lib.purdue.edu/flight-and-space/

Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra (AP Photo, file)
Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra (AP Photo, file)