Call this digital nesting or just plain being smart. Some of my most prized possessions - old photographs - are finally off the shelf and safely backed up. After years of wanting to get this task accomplished, I can finally cross it off my list! I had been researching the various companies for years but Legacybox seemed to be at the forefront both for ease of use and great reviews.
The process could not be easier. Legacybox sends you a kit which is essentially a box you can load your various outdated formats into - VHS, Super8film, slides, photos, whatever. You return the box and LegacyBox turns those bits of ephemera into digital form and send the whole thing back to you in a few weeks. The only hard part is going through all those old photos without spending a week reminiscing and calling up old friends to laugh about the good ol' days.
I had expected the task of culling down to just 250 photos was going to be difficult but I was wrong. Back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth (pre-digital cameras), there were a lot more bad photos thanks to not having that handy preview feature so even in the many rolls I had taken over the years, it was easy to find the ones worth treasuring. Most importantly we are able to preserve in time some beautiful old photos that were well on their way to being damaged by sitting in shoeboxes! Like some of these beautiful black and white portraits that were practically falling apart...
Or just some generally adorable images of me being cute.
Excuse my sap but having some of these treasured photographs secured in a way that not only I can appreciate but my kids will be able to share gives me the warm and fuzzies. It also makes me feel like I really accomplished something with very little effort on my part. Double score!
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disclosure: This post was sponsored by Legacybox but all opinions expressed are my own.