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Nutrition Informatics Blog

Jul

11

Memories--and the Power of Information

On a recent trip to my parent’s home on the Virginia/Tennessee Border, I had the great pleasure of digging through a box of very old photographs my parents had found in a closet.  They discovered them while emptying out bedroom closets to paint.  The photos were of the smaller variety—some only 2 inches by 3 inches, many with elaborate scrolled cutouts around the edges, all but a few in black and white, and most with a white thin border around the edges.  While many were from my childhood, the majority was from my father’s childhood—and was pictures I had never seen before. 

As someone who loves this kind of adventure, I was delighted—as was my youngest daughter. My dad, daughter and I examined each picture, inquired “Who is that in the picture?, “whose house is that?”, “when was this taken?” to “Look at this old car”—on and on.  At one point, my very dear father stated with a measurable degree of angst—“If only someone had written down who is in the picture.”  I sadly understood.  As time evolved we were able to, as a small family, identify most of those in the pictures.  That was when I realized it was time for someone to document these for my children’s generation. 

I marveled at the difference in information capabilities—an era predominated by black and white photos, information preserved in memory and by hand verses today’s ability to transfer old photos to digital images, upload them to an online vendor who will allow creation of a bound book for preservation.  Yes, in many ways—it is time to utilize the information tools we have to make our world better. 

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7/22/2010 4:01:27 PM by Sky Craft Joiner

I had the same experience last weekend. The photos were like a magnet. I wish my Grandmother or Mother were here to tell me who the people are. And I never realized how pretty my Mother and Grandmother were in their younger years. I never thought about an online vendor.....and scanning can take forever....Do you know anyone reliable I can send the photos to that would very carefully scan and make them into a book? Never thought I would come across this on the ADA web site...Thanks for sharing. By the way, there were very few heavy people in the pictures I found.

7/23/2010 11:24:03 AM by Ivonne Cueva_1

Sky Craft, Yes, there are a multitude of topics covered on the eatright.org blogs! Health care seems to touch on every aspect of life--and for me, my happiness and outlook seem to reflect back on my health. Check on shutterfly.com or snapfish.com --or better yet, try searching on "photo books online". Of course to make the books, the photos need to be digital, but they also may have additional services that you describe. Good luck!

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