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 UK. 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 digitise 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 digitise 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.

slides
© Ann-Sophie

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

Atomic Bombing - Hiroshima
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.

The Little Boy
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

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

Hiroshima - Then and now images Hiroshima - Then and now images

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)

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

History of the cameras – Timeline

An overview on how cameras evolved in a detailed timeline, from camera obscura to camera phone.

1500

Camera Obscura, the first pinhole camera was invented by Ibn Al-Haytham. It is a box with a small hole in it, through which light travels and strikes a reflective surface to project an image in colour, upside down. The camera obscura was originally used to observe solar events and in drawing architecture.

Camera Obscura
Camera Obscura

1839

The Daguerreotype Camera by Louis Daguerre is one of the world’s most expensive cameras.

The Daguerreotype Camera
The Daguerreotype Camera

1840

The development of images on paper was made possible by the invention of the camera by Alexander. The earliest photography shop, daguerran parlour was opened in New York by Mr. Wolcott.

Camera by Alexander Wolcott
Camera by Alexander Wolcott

1859

The panoramic camera

The panoramic camera
The panoramic camera

1861

Stereoscope viewer was invented by Oliver Wendell Holmes.

SterStereoscope viewer eoscope viewer
Stereoscope viewer

1888

George Eastman, a pioneer in photographic films usage, patented Kodak roll-film camera.

Kodak roll-film camera
Kodak roll-film camera

1900

The Kodak Brownie Camera by Eastman.

The Brownie
The Brownie

The most desirable travel camera for landscape photographers, Raisecamera, was invented.

Travel Camera
Travel Camera

1913/1914

Candid camera, the first 35mm still camera by Oskar Barnack.

35mm still camera
35mm still camera

1948

Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera which could take a picture and print it in about one minute was invented by Edwin Land.

Polaroid camera
Polaroid camera

1960

Underwater camera for U.S. Navy by EG&G.

1978

First autofocus camera Konica C35 AF by Konica.

Konica C35 AF by Konica
Konica C35 AF by Konica

1981

Sony Mavica – The world’s first digital electronic still camera.

Sony Mavica
Sony Mavica

1986

The disposable camera introduced by Fuji (also called single use cameras).

1991

Kodak released the first professional digital camera system (DCS) which was widely used by photojournalists.

Professional digital camera system
Professional digital camera system

1994-1996

The first digital cameras that worked with a home computer via a serial cable were the Apple QuickTake 100 camera (1994), the Kodak DC40 camera (1995), the Casio QV-11 with LCD screen (1995) and Sony’s Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera (1996).

2000

The world’s first camera phone.

Camera Phone
Camera Phone

2005

The canon EOS 5D is launched.

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D

Rare photos from the Korean Wars published

The rare photos of the Korean War which broke out on June 25, 1950, were published by the Yonhap News Agency, to mark the 65th anniversary of the war. The photographs taken by the International Committee of the Red Cross provide insight into the tragedy during the Korean War which lasted from 1950 till 1953.

In Korea, this war is  known as the “6-2-5 (yug ee oh) War,” a reference to June 25, 1950, when the North Korean People’s Army invaded the South. Among North Koreans, it’s “the Fatherland Liberation War” and the Americans called it as “The Forgotten War”.

An F-80 "Shooting Star" banks sharply as it lines up a June, 1951 target. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives. Photo, U.S. National Archives.
An F-80 “Shooting Star” banks sharply as it lines up a June, 1951 target. Photo: U.S. National Archives

The war was fought by the United States and 20 other allied countries on the side of South Korea, marking the first major armed conflict in the Cold War era pitting Communists against non-Communists internationally. During the three-year conflict, about 140,000 South Korean troops were killed and some 450,000 were injured, some 215,000 North Korean soldiers killed with some 300,000 wounded and approximately 2.5 million civilians killed on the Korean Peninsula.

The brutal war lasted for approximately three years and ended when the United Nations Command, the North Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers signed an armistice agreement and not a peace treaty, leaving South and North Korea at war for the past 65 years.

 Korean-War photo - taken on the 21st of September. Photo, U.S. National Archives.
Korean-War photo – taken on the 21st of September. Photo: U.S. National Archives