Posts Tagged ‘photo storage’

Why I Love my Flip-Pal


I generally don’t brag about products and services, but I just can’t stop talking about the Flip-pal scanner.  Here’s why.

When I opened the box I was surprised to the brightly colored packaging. I don’t know what I expected to see, but the whole appearance was so friendly looking.

I removed the package from the shipping container and thought “ Oh No, it’s one of those impossible to open plastic boxes.”  Not so.  I was pleasantly surprised to see how easily I could remove the scanner from the container.

I love the weight and size of the scanner. It’s small enough and light enough to carry in a large handbag. Since there are no external cords, it’s perfect for travel. I took it with me to an event last night and scanned a photo on the spot in about a minute. 600 dpi jpg in a moment.

Lifted up the lid and saw the sample photo. Great reminder of just how large the scanning surface is.

Once you’ve scanned an image you can preview it on the tiny screen near the buttons and menu that let you select resolution, set the date, and other things.

When I want to upload images, I use the memory card (like the ones found in digital camera’s) and insert it in the USB drive.  Upload is easy-peasy.

You can scan larger images using the stitch feature. Remove the cover and flip the scanner upside down on the oversize print. The see-through base lets you see what part of the picture you’re actually scanning. No guess-work.

Now that cases are available, I bought one. This little gem is going with me everywhere!

Don’t expect it to work like a dedicated bigger scanners such as the Epson in my office.  It reads the glass in cased images rather the daguerreotype or ambrotype, but for most types of images this is perfect for the genealogist on the go.

Did  I mention the price? $149.99.

Cold Storage


Cold storage of color materials has been around for a few decades. The leading authorities on cold storage of color photographic materials are Henry Wilhelm and Carol Brower. They found that cold storage discourages the fading and deterioration of color photographs.

Supplies needed for cold storage include:

  • Freezer (frost free)
  • Ziploc airtight polypropylene storage bags
  • Disposable examination gloves
  • Metal storage boxes

A lot of people like to store photographs at home. Instructions for cold storage can be found in my Preserving Your Family Photographs book.

Don’t want to do this at home? You can rent space from a commercial cold storage facility called Hollywood Vaults (800) 569-5336.