Pass down your legacy by converting your memories to digital

Summer is the perfect time to finally take care of one of the important family projects — preserving your family’s legacy.

Storage Conditions
Your family’s story and legacy – captured in videotapes, film, photographs, slides and negatives – is one of your most precious memories.  Unfortunately, these memories are slowly deteriorating over time.  Even if stored in ideal conditions (no direct sunlight, a little cool, free from dust), these memories are slowly deteriorating.

Unfortunately, many of us store our videotapes, film reels and photos in less than ideal places, like:

  • Attics
  • Bedroom closets
  • Bedroom dresser drawers
  • Garages
  • Utility closets

As a result, our memories are fading fast, are never enjoyed and will soon be lost forever.

Collecting Memories
Summer is a great time to scour your house for these memories.  But don’t forget about the memories stored at your parents’ house or your siblings’ houses.  One of the best ways to get this “family legacy” project rolling is to let the entire family know that you are going to preserve the entire family’s history and legacy.  Encourage them to send in their memories as well.

Or, if you are “the organizer” in the family, have everyone send their memories to you, and you can box them all up together, place an order with MemoryHub and ship the boxes to us.  In just a few short weeks, your memories will be transferred to DVDs.  You’ll get your original materials back, as well as a stack of tidy DVDs that you can share with friends and family.

Choose a theme
Many of our customers tell us that they’ve had great fun by encouraging family members to collect memories organized around one central theme.  Some sample ideas include:

  • Mom and Dad’s 40th wedding anniversary
  • Annual shore trips
  • first bicycle rides of each grandkid
  • Brides walking down the aisle

You get the idea.  By sending in memories organized around one central theme, you’ll have great fun sorting through your memories and, after MemoryHub transfers your video or scans your photo (or other media), you’ll have a group of DVDs that are perfect for sharing with loved ones throughout the year!

History of Kodachrome slides

“Kodachrome” is a type of color and slide film developed by the Eastman Kodak company in 1935.  The process for creating Kodachrome slides used three difference emulsions, each targeted to one of the primary colors, to take and develop color photographs.

While color photography dates back to the mid 1860’s, Kodachrome – invented by Leopold Godowsky Jr. and Leopold Mannes, two Kodak researchers – was a giant leap forward in usability for consumers and professionals alike.  Before Kodachrome, color photography required the use of long exposure times, heavy glass plates, and a complicated development process.

To simplify things for consumers and professionals, Eastman Kodak first sold the film and development process in a single pre-paid package.  In other words, consumers wishing to take photographs using Kodachrome had to purchase, at the same time, both the film and processing.  In 1954, however, the U.S. Department of Justice determined that this bundling of film and processing violated anti-monopoly laws, and required Eastman Kodak to permit third parties to provide processing capabilities to the public.

The advent of digital photography eventually led to the discontuance of Kodachrome, including Kodachrome slides.  Eastman Kodak stopped selling Kodachrome in 2009 and stopped processing the film in 2010.

As reported in Time magazine (June 23, 2009), according to Grant Steinle of the famous Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas, if stored properly, Kodachrome film will last 100 years.

Perhaps the most iconic picture ever taken in Kodachrome slide format is one by Steve McCurry, a National Geographic photographer, of an Afghan girl with piercing grey-green eyes.  Adding to the lore of Kodachrome, it was the film of choice for Sir Edmund Hillary when he assented to the top of Mount Everest in 1953 and Abraham Zapruder who filmed President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.  Finally, who can forget Paul Simon’s refrain, “momma don’t take my Kodachrome away”?

If you have old Kodachrome slides you are looking to preserve and transfer to digital files, please visit our slide scanning service page for more information and pricing.

Top 10 reasons to transfer your film, video and images

There are so many reasons to transfer your family’s videos, film and images from their current deteriorating format into the long-lasting digital format of a DVD.  Below are our top 10 reasons for saving your memories today.

1.  Unique and meaningful gifts
One of the most unique and heartfelt gifts we know is a DVD with special family memories.  Rather than take a chance on giving a friend or family member another tie or toaster, try giving them something they could not buy for themselves – access to a special memory that they had forgotten about.

2.  Preserve your family’s story for your children and their children
Your family’s story is unique.  And this story has been captured in videos, film and images (like photographs and slides).  Preserve your family’s story for your children, and their children.

3.  Stop your memories from further deteriorating
No matter where you store your videos, film or images – they are slowly deteriorating.  If they happen to be stored someplace hot, like an attic, they may be deteriorating more quickly.   Take a few moments to gather up your family memories and ship them off to MemoryHub to be preserved.

4.  Enjoy your memories everyday
When your memories are squirrelled away in boxes in the attic or garage or some closet, you are missing out on enjoying those memories.  As we say at MemoryHub, when you convert your memories to DVD, it’s like “uncorking a bottle of champagne.”

5.  Help with genealogical research
We are so pleased when we hear that our customers use our services to advance their genealogical projects.  As families document the histories of their families – making use, for example, of wonderful sites like Ancestry.com – they love being able to incorporate images and memories of the past!

6.  Solve the problem of no longer having working devices to play the memories
So often we hear from families who are frustrated to discover that, in order to play their memories originally stored in analog format, like VHS, they need a working VHS player to enjoy them.  By converting your memories to a digital format on a DVD, you can enjoy your memories without worrying about whether your old devices still work.

7.  Present to yourself – choose a meaningful memory to preserve
While quite a few of our customers convert family memories in order to give gifts to others, we also have thousands of customers who preserve their memories for … themselves.  We love hearing from moms and dads who’ve chosen to celebrate a birthday or anniversary or a promotion by giving themselves the gift of a DVD that preserves a special moment.

8.  Get organized – everything in boxes all over the place
If you are like most people, you have your memories stored in a variety of locations around the house – in a bedroom closet, in a cardboard box in the attic, or in a plastic container in the back of the garage.  Or, if you are like most people, you aren’t exactly sure where everything is!  We have hundreds of customers who find great personal satisfaction in digging up all of their memories and shipping them off to us, so that their unwieldy collection of memories can be stored in a series of nicely labeled and organized DVDs.

9.  Take full advantage of new technology
As computers (including tablets) and televisions have become more advanced, they have become wonderful showcases for memories.  If you have a new large screen computer or tablet or advanced television set up (like an Apple TV), you have the perfect showcase for your memories.

10.  Great family project
Finally, every year we get a few cards and notes from families who tell us how grateful they are to MemoryHub for facilitating a very meaningful family project.   These families let us know that the entire family pitched in to collect all of their videos, film and images – and sent them off to MemoryHub for preservation on DVDs.  But the real fun began when they instituted a regular “family movie night” in which they gathered together to relive the wonderful memories of their family.

Share the gift of memories on St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches – a day and evening filled with parties full of friends and family – this is the perfect time of year to share the memories of past St. Patrick’s Days.    Converting your old videotapes, transferring your film, or scanning your photographs, slides and negatives is easy!

Because MemoryHub has been helping families preserve their memories for years, we have many stories to tell of families – especially families of Irish descent – who use this special day to collect, preserve and share the memories of “St. Patrick’s Days past.”

Last Year the McCormack family from New York told us a wonderful story.  The McCormacks had been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for 35 years, at “Mother McCormacks’ house.   Each party was well documented with both cameras and video cameras.  As a result, the family had boxes and boxes of videotapes, film and photographs (and even a few slides) memorializing this wonderful annual celebration of their Irish heritage.  Last year McCormacks decided to gather up all of these memories and have them preserved!

The oldest living brother in the family had everyone send their memories to him (really his wife, to hear her tell it).  After just two weeks of gentle reminders, they had a box full of videotapes and film and photographs.  The McCormacks shipped these memories to MemoryHub, and in a few short weeks had 20 DVDs full of family memories from their annual St. Patrick’s Day party at Mother McCormacks’ house.

These tidy DVDs were such a hit that family members soon found themselves ordering extra copies to give as birthday and Christmas presents.

At MemoryHub, we wish you and your family a wonderful upcoming St. Patrick’s Day.  Please let us help your family preserve the memories of St. Patrick’s Day past, present and future.