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Thread: How to copy pictures from the 1970s?

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    Super Member Raggiemom's Avatar
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    Question How to copy pictures from the 1970s?

    I have about a dozen baby pictures from the 1970s that I would like to copy for my sister. However, when I copy them, the colors are so terrible you can't really see anything on the picture. Does anyone know if I take them to Walmart or Walgreens if they can copy them so they look good?

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    Heather

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    I have had good luck with copying my pics at Walmart.

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    If the original picture is good, I have been happy with the Kodak kiosks at Walmart. You can do them yourself or ask for help if you have trouble using the computer prompts. They turn out as good if not better than the original. I took in a regular size 3 X 4 and had it blown up and cropped for a 5 X 7 to frame for a funeral.

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    Thank you so much for the quick response. I found a program on the computer (who knew!) that is copying them pretty well for me. I learn something new every day
    Heather

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    great to know about the walmat thing... i may need that in the near future
    Nancy in western NY

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    Everybody's pictures from the 70's have poor color. It has to do with the way they were processing during that period. You may be able to scan them and work with a program like photoshop to improve them.

    They are worth scaning so all the family can have copies. Nothing like old family pictures to treasure.
    Jean in MI

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    Scan the images at 400 dpi. Download to a flash drive and then take them for printing.

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    Thank you!
    Heather

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    I scan my photos then put them in my photo program and recolor them. But do you remember back then is when the so called 'magnetic' photo albums came into being? Since then I've taken all the photos, out of my 55 albums and put them in those photo/video boxes (down to 18 of those and easier to put on the shelf). Practically all the photos in those horrid magnetic things, are discolored, some even with lines. In the late 70's, I started buying 3 ring binders and the inserts that held 3x5's (my choice of size as they fit in envelopes). Photos from then forward are fine.
    Have done numerous slide shows for birthday and anniversary events, and the photos in the flash drives look good.

    It's fun to redo the ones from the 70's, most are quite presentable except for the lines. Good luck.

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    Another option I found and am in love with: scanning! If you don't have a scanner, you might consider the Kodak P811 or similar if they stopped making this one. It is considered a personal scanner and is extremely portable. I took it to our family reunion last year and was able to get some wonderful pictures I didn't know existed. I got my father's Boot Camp graduation picture during WW2. It is very easy to use, very portable (can run on batteries if necessary), and those old pictures are priceless. Pictures are scanner onto a SD Card. Upload onto your computer and then got to Wal-greens website and have them print out good quality pictures. Much cheaper on ink. Good luck.

    Amazon still has it. http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-P811-Per.../dp/B004J8HWIM
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    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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