We have photos -- many thousands of photos. We have boxes and boxes of photo prints and negatives. We have dozens of fat binders filled with slides in sleeves. Most of those images have not been looked at in years.
These days, who wants to set up a projector to look at slides? Who wants to pick through boxes of photos, even if they are sorted nicely in chronological order? (Never mind the ones we never got around to sorting and filing so nicely!) But what a shame to let them all just sit on shelves and in storage cabinets. How much better it would be to be able to review them easily -- to enjoy them.
So, we bought two scanners -- one for scanning slides and negatives, and another for scanning prints and memorabilia -- and we got busy. The idea was to digitize as many of our old photos as we could so that we could look at them easily whenever we wanted to on a computer or TV monitor. How long this will take remains to be seen: We have thousands of images, but we've only scanned a few hundred so far.
Each new batch of images we scan brings back a flood of memories -- not just of dives, but of people, places, experiences, past eras in our lives. We decided that we should not hoard the images and the memories they evoked; we should share them. We concluded that putting some of the more interesting images and stories on line would be the best way to do that.
That's how this project came about. We hope our readers enjoy our photos and the stories that go with them as much as we have enjoyed creating them.