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Honestly, people — if this sort of delightful coincidence* keeps happening I’ll have no choice but to start thinking of the Internet as some kind of magic happy wish machine. Remember my post about how to tell the difference between a daguerreotype and an ambrotype? I mused about how much I’d love to have a […]

Jill Hurst-Wahl has a wonderful blog called Digitization 101. It’s aimed mostly at institutions like libraries and historical societies, but it’s full of wise advice for the family historian, too. If you work or volunteer with an organization thinking about a digitization project, I highly recommend you check out what Jill has to say. She […]

You probably know that scratches on a CD or DVD can make them un-playable. If you have young children or work in a public library, you know this only too well. I’ve safely cleaned smudges off of pre-recorded DVDs using a soft cloth dampened with a little water, but I’ve never attempted to remove scratches. […]

There are two types of cased images you might find in your family collection: ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. The quick and easy way to tell the difference between the two is that a daguerreotype will look like a mirror when you move it in the light. An ambrotype will not. I was thinking about this today […]

I don’t know about you, but need a break from all the headaches of digital preservation. Lots of questions and speculation, very few concrete answers. I’ll return to this topic in a while (I promise) but until then, let’s take a break and have a bit of fun, eh? The video above is a delightful […]

Sometimes, you put a question out to the universe and something marvelous comes back. Just last week, I featured DIY Maven‘s neat-o method for antiquing paper using instant coffee. I mused about how cool it would be to dye photographs using coffee. Ersatz sepia. (Read the original post here.) Then I got an email from […]

Reader Andrew Millard left a helpful tip in the comments section about a web site for dating British photographs: Andrew says: “It has a wide range of dated photographs that you can compare to your own undated ones.“ Thanks, Andrew! .

.Last month, Randy over at Genea-Musings found this wonderful photographic treasure in his Aunt Geraldine’s papers. He asked for input from readers to help date this pair of cased photographs. Randy’s post contains some great resources to help you date old photographs, so be sure to stop by. It’s nice to have resources pooled together […]

Got about 3 minutes to spare? Check out this crazy cool video from seb martel. It’s chock full of beautiful anachronisms. There’s even a steel guitar (be still my heart). P.S. Can anyone out there translate the French for me?

As promised, here are some tips to keep your original photographs and documents safe while you scan them: Absolutely no food or drinks on the work surface. If you need to have water handy, please please please keep it on the floor at your feet. One spill and your irreplaceable treasures can be ruined forever. […]