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.

Brian Burke Swearing in Ceremony. Scanning Photos to DigitalPeter Dowding - Scanning Photos to digital, Scanning Slides to Digital and Scanning Negatives to DVDOther memories preserved to digital format included classic images of drive in movies that used to be a family ritual for many of us.

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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.

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/

Results of the customer survey in April 2015

In April 2015 we asked our customers to provide feedback for the quality of our services. The purpose of the survey was to find out how our client’s rate our website, the quality of our digitised formats and our customer support.

We summarised the most important results of the survey for you:

Usability of the website

In terms of the website appearance and regarding the question how easy the order process at ScanCorner is, 53% of the customers rated the order process at our website as very easy. Furthermore 46% of our clients rated our website as very helpful to get an overview of the offers and prices of our services.

Quality of the digitised formats

For a more detailed analysis the results regarding the photo digitisation and video digitisation were considered separately.

In terms of photo digitisation, 44% of our customers were deeply contended with the quality of their digitised images, negatives and slides. Another 49% are deeply contented with the colour correction of the pictures.

In the field of video digitisation (VHS, VHS-C, S-VHS, Hi8, Video8, Super8, MiniDV) 50% of the respondents are satisfied with the image quality of their digitised videos. Furthermore 53% of our customers are satisfied with the sound quality of the videos.

Packaging

It is very important for us that the precious memories of our customers arrive safely and without any damages at their homes. This is why we package any analogue formats like slides, negatives, photos, APS and other analogue photographic material very carefully. Regarding the question of whether the received videos or photos were sufficient and carefully packed, 70% of respondents answered that they are deeply contented with the packaging.

Customer Care

According to the motto “The consumer is the boss” it is important for us to analyse how our customers evaluate our support. The results help us to find solutions how to communicate with our clients more effectively and optimise our services.

The proportion of respondents, who rate the customer service as very friendly is 62%. For good customer service, it is particularly important to answer customer inquiries in a timely manner. Regarding the questions of whether the customers received a quick response to their requests, 58% answered that they were deeply contented with the quick responses of the customer support. 

All in all, more than half of our customers was satisfied with our service. Overall, 66% of our clients would digitise their precious memories again at ScanCorner and 60% of the respondents would recommend ScanCorner to their friends and acquaintances.

ScanCorner thanks you for participating in the survey. We look forward to more orders from you, your friends and acquaintances.

Regards

Your ScanCorner Team

150 years old Mark Twain stories uncovered by the scholars

Twain’s articles, about 150 years old, written when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco,have been tracked down by the Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley.

Author Mark Twain(via AP)
Author Mark Twain(via AP)

Twain’s job was to write a 2,000-word story or letter every day for publication in the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada, six days a week for a salary of $100 a month. He wrote about everything from San Francisco police to mining accidents. The scholars picked through archives of other western U.S. newspapers for copies. They have found about 110 columns written in 1865 and 1866.

“This is new stuff, even for Mark Twain fans,” Hirst told the Chronicle. Bob Hirst is editor of the UC Berkeley’s Mark Twain project and says the articles were found when looking through western newspaper archives.

In one letter, Twain suggested tough punishment for corrupt police officers in San Francisco, saying they were less useful than “wax figurines,” as reported by the Chronicle.

Hirst said that the articles were written at a time of when Twain was trying to decide in which direction to take his career. “It’s really a crisis time for him,” Hirst said. “He’s going to be 30 on 30 November 1865, and for someone not to have chosen a career by that time in this period was quite unusual.” He was in debt and drinking heavily, and even wrote to his brother that he was committing suicide, saying: “If I do not get out of debt in three months – pistols or poison for one – exit me.”

The articles are the perfect example of Twain’s matchless style.

Bob Hirst, the general editor of the Mark Twain Project, with a book of 1866 Sacramento Union newspapers at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Bob Hirst, the general editor of the Mark Twain Project, with a book of 1866 Sacramento Union newspapers at the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

New online archive features rare African photos

100,000 original Black and white negatives, dating back from 1940’s, of Mali’s most famous photographers, will be digitised using a $300,000 National endowment for the Humanities grant.

The archive features family portraits and photos of military activities, diplomatic visits, political events, national monuments, architecture, cultural and religious ceremonies and other aspects of popular culture.

Candace keller, assistant professor of African art history and visual culture, is collaborating with MSU’s MATRIX: The centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and the Maison Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, to create the Archive of Malian Photography by digitising and restoring the negatives thereby protecting them from further damage.

Access will be provided only to the low-resolution photos making them unusable in print but still useful for research and scholarship and protecting photos from further exploitation. “These photos have the potential to shape the way photographic history and cultural practice in West Africa are taught and studied since the concepts displayed go beyond what we’re used to seeing: village-based lifestyles,” said Keller.

Keller’s current two-year project is the second phase of the Archive of Malian Photography project. She and her team have already digitised 28,000 Malian photos using a grant from the British Library Endangered Archives Programme.

 

Negatives from Malian photographer Abdourahmane Sakaly’s collection being processed for Michigan State University’s Archive of Malian Photography.
Negatives from Malian photographer Abdourahmane Sakaly’s collection being processed for Michigan State University’s Archive of Malian Photography.

Courtesy: Michigan State University

Digitised collection of historical NYPD crime scene photos to be available online

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has photographed crime scenes of traffic accidents, parades, or public events almost since the technology was available. A new grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support the digitisation of around 30,000 of these photographs from 1914 to 1975, making them available to the public for the first time. All these photos were stored in boxes after the conclusion of cases and stored away out of sight in a basement.

In 2012, the New York City Municipal Archives released 870,000 pictures online of the total of 2.2 million photographs, videos, audio files, and other material to be made viewable for public.

Some might seem strangely familiar to those taken by the famous well known crime photographer Weegee. For example, a NYPD shot of murder victim Dominick Didato on Elizabeth Street in 1936 focuses on the gun on the pavement and the blood stains on his back, while the more artistically inclined Weegee angled toward the blood splatter seeping from the body. One of the more unassuming photographs, of a murdered girl’s bedroom in the Bronx in 1939, may give you chills: it has an eerie doll posed on the bed. Others show protests at Columbia University in the 1960s and police burning “indecent” books in 1935 at their Manhattan headquarters.

If all goes according to schedule, the prints will be scanned starting in July 2015 and will be made available for viewing shortly afterwards through the Municipal Archives Online Gallery

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A three-in-one weapon obtained by police officers.
A three-in-one weapon obtained by police officers.

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Why some customers are disappointed

Some customers are disappointed with the results because over time celluloid film deteriorates  and nothing can be done to save the images.  The cellulose nitrate, cellulose diacetate and tri-acetate within the film are all unstable mediums, and  can deteriorate much faster than many photographs or other visual presentations. Cellulose nitrate releases nitric acid which adds to the decomposition. In the final stages the film turns into a rust-like powder giving off a strong odour of vinegar. If the films are stored in damp conditions they can become unwatchable in in the space of a few years, so act now to have your old films digitised by ScanCorner and save these memories to DVD.

Undeveloped 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII Soldier discovered and restored

Over 70 years ago during WWII, an unknown soldier captured 31 rolls of film throughout his service. These were recently discovered by photographer Levi Bettweiser, the man who founded the Rescued Film Project. Bettweiser works with the Rescued Film Project, an online archive gallery of images that were captured on film between the 1930’s and late 1990’s. Each image in their archive was rescued from found film from locations all over the world, and came to them in the form of undeveloped rolls of film.

Bettweiser discovered a lot of 31 undeveloped film rolls dating back to WWII with labels Boston harbor, La Havre Harbor, Lucky Strike Camp and various location names, at an auction in Ohio.

When Bettweiser originally encountered the 31 rolls of films, they were enclosed in a plastic bag. He says that although many of the rolls were too damaged to develop, the majority of them resulted in wonderful images. In several different shots, a single unidentified soldier appears and he suspects that this may be the photographer who lent his camera to others to get the shots of himself.

In an Interview, Levi reveals, “The rescued WWII film is truly unique from anything else we’ve rescued so far, which currently is over 5,500 images and counting. I think the fact that these images are documenting a large historical event that impacted so many people really creates a sense of intrigue with anyone viewing them.”

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Rescued Film Project WWII
Rescued Film Project WWII
Rescued Film Project WWII
Rescued Film Project WWII
Rescued Film Project WWII

Chekout more photos at: The Rescued Film Project

Digitized collection of American historic currency

Smithsonian Institution announced that they were looking for volunteers to help them digitize their collection thereby giving a chance for the public to interact with these proofs and to unleash the history from the thousands of historical documents.

Under its recent project, rapid capture digitization project, the institute is working on digitizing the currency proofs. The rapid capture technique applied for digitization has cut the total turnaround time which would otherwise take a year or more. This new collection of currency proofs will lead to new understanding about the history.

The National Museum of American History has 139 pages of certified currency proofs of the District of Columbia that need to be transcribed. The contents of each proof contains a multitude of information that gives an apt portrait of America from 1863-1935. The notes in the collection were saved at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing until the early ’70s, where they were transferred to the Smithsonian. The Institute’s Division of Numismatics holds about 350,000 proofs of currency, bonds, revenue stamps, checks, commissions, awards, food stamps, and food coupons.”

For this project, transcribers have completed 6,561 pages, each with information about what bank and city the sheet is from, what date the original plate was made, and other numismatic details.

“We have unlocked the ability to do this efficiently and at a price that was unheard of before,” Rahaim adds. “Digitizing a whole collection, it was an abstract concept, but these processes are now making that a reality.”

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Via the Smithsonian Institute

41 million wills made available online

British wills dating back to 1858 are now available online which can be accessed by people who want to know the history of their family and carry out research. The wills of the famous and most influential figures of the 19th and 20th century include wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMTS) and storage and information management company Iron Mountain, has taken up this unique initiative giving the public a chance to get closer to their family history. People can request for a particular will and an electronic copy of it is received in 10 working days.

Court’s Minister Shailesh Vara said, “ This fascinating project provides us with insights into the ordinary and extraordinary people who helped shape this country, and the rest of the world.”

The first stage of the archives available in 2013 was the wills of the soldiers which had 2 million searches followed by the latest stage.

Though the archives have been converted into digital format, the original paper records will still be kept in a temperature controlled environment.

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Alan Turing left a short will with instructions to share his possessions between his colleagues and his mother

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