Re: [S-R] RE: OLD LETTERS
- Speaking of Kinkos...I took a baptism certificate of my grandmothers there and had them put it in plastic. This way it can be handled without worrying about damage and I am assuming it should last indefinitely.
From: Bill Tarkulich <bill.tarkulich@...>
>Date: 2008/06/05 Thu AM 05:09:59 EDT
>Subject: [S-R] RE: OLD LETTERS
>While scanning is superior, taking a digital photograph is a reasonable and
>very safe alternative. An argument you hear a lot is that the intensity of
>the light from the scanner may accelerate the decomposition of the paper.
>If you lay out the document on a well-lit table and mount the digital camera
>on a tripod, position the camera parallel to the document, setting the
>camera to the highest quality, you will probably not need to use flash.
>This would minimize the handling of the document.
>I found a family document that was entirely crumbled and broken apart; this
>was the only way to digitize it; the results were acceptable to me.
>I think I would ask Kinkos (or a photographer) to try the above method. I
>would not advise shipping the letters regardless of the packaging and
>tracking; since she put them in the safe, she values them highly; I wouldn't
>want to live with having one lost or damaged in transit.
>[mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTSemail@example.com] On Behalf Of Tom Geiss
>Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 12:23 PM
>To: SLOVAK-ROOTS Moderator
>Subject: OLD LETTERS
>My niece, in the Chicago area, has some very old letters from the nineteenth
>century, sent to my grandma when she had emigrated. She keeps them in a
>fireproof safe. I had been bugging her for months to get me copies.
>Finally last week she bundled them together, and took them to Kinkos, to be
>copied. Kinko's refused to try, saying that it could permanently damage
>them; didn't recommend scanning them with the computer either. ( One of
>them is already in pieces, and is crumbling ).
>I have asked her to send them to me, just one or two at a time, to
>see how they hold up during shippiong; then I can laboriously HAND COPY
>them, then make copies of my scribbling.
>These letters probably hold valuable clues to my ancestors lives.
>Has anyone had experience with something like this, and have any
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