*This post is sponsored by Legacybox, however all opinions and broadcasting of old family photos are 100% mine.
Roughly ten years ago, I laid awake in bed worrying about what would become of all my old family photos and VHS tapes if my house burned down.
I realize there were probably bigger things I should have been worried about at the time, but that was what kept me awake at night.
You guys know by now, that I am the keeper of all family history. Anything that has any sort of family value attached to it must be kept. It doesn’t matter if it’s beyond repair, I will house it in my garage until it turns to dust and then, I’ll probably put that dust in a jar with a label on it describing what it was, who made it and who it belonged to. Ok, I wouldn’t go that far, but you get the idea.
No doubt, family photos are sacred to me. I even have those nights to remember with just me, the music, a cheap beer and the old family photos. There are usually a plethora of tears involved as well. A picture in my office shows my Pap and Grannie dancing in what appears to be a street. On the back is written, “Florida, 1951.” It’s one of my most favorite things in this whole world, that photo.
After about a month of worrying over the photos and VHS tapes all that time ago, I decided that to have any peace of mind, I was going to have to scan each individual photo, save it to a disc and put it in the safe deposit box. So I did. Let me just tell you, it took a solid three months for me to do it all. As for the VHS tapes, I talked my dad into buying me a DVD/VHS player that also converted your VHS tapes into DVDs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and crapped out on me with about two tapes left to go.
Fast forward a few years to when I married Grunt Labor. He is not as huge of a “keeper of family history” as I am. For example, when his parents tell us where something came from or who it belonged to, I know that I better be listening because there’s a good chance he won’t remember.
With my in-laws moving just a little while back, I stumbled upon a few boxes which held the jackpot of family photos from the LaFevor side. Knowing that I had zero extra time to scan in all of those images and convert those VHS tapes, I instead sent them to Legacybox.
Legacybox is able to preserve and digitize any of your old photos, negatives, slides, VHS tapes and many other media formats. They send you a kit which includes a guide, a crush proof box to fill up with your photos, VHS and other items you want converted, and a pre-paid shipping label to send the box back to them. Don’t miss the special offer from Legacybox at the end of the post for my readers – you get a 40% discount!
All you do is gather your items to be converted and apply the included barcode stickers onto them.
Group your photos in sets of 25, place them in a plastic bag and put the sticker on the outside.
Put the stickers directly on the VHS tapes. The barcode system ensures that your items stay safe throughout the process.
Then, you just pack your items back into your Legacybox, put it in the box it came to you in, stick your prepaid shipping label on the box and mail it back to them.
In a few weeks, you’ll get your originals back as well as digital files of all your photos and DVDs of VHS tapes or any other home movies you sent in.
I have to say – using Legacybox to do this rather than doing it myself was a huge time saver. I don’t know that I would have ever gotten it all done this time around.
Want to see some goodies I found stashed away in those little jackpots of family photos?
This hottie right here is my mother-in-law and this is my new favorite picture of her back in the day. Isn’t she gorgeous? And that hair. I need that hair.
I had all of my in-laws wedding photos digitized as well. Killer beard that Dad is sporting, no?
Also, I discovered Aunt Rochelle was a beauty queen. Seriously, she could have been one of Charlie’s Angels.
This little guy is my father-in-law. From what I’ve heard, he went through a stage where he refused to wear anything but cowboy boots.
Bless these two kids hearts, they never dreamed their son would grow up to marry some crazy blogger who would plaster all their old family photos on the internet.
There’s Grunt Labor with his aunt, mom, grandma and two great-grandmas. Such a ladies man.
These are Grunt Labor’s grandparents on his mom’s side. I don’t know what it is about this picture, but I just love it. They are older, but look ready to have some fun.
This is Grunt Labor’s grandfather on his dad’s side. I never met him, but from everything Grunt had told me, he reminds me so much of my own Pap. I love this picture of him because well of course, the cowboy hat, but also the fact that he’s looking at a Polaroid picture, which is most likely a picture of Grunt Labor as a baby. My in-laws used to send them Polaroids in the mail so they could see how much little Grunt Labor was growing.
Besides the photos, I got a few videos converted though Legacybox as well. I took a few clips from the videos and put them together in the video below if you want to see a mini-Grunt Labor and a mini-Jenna. It’s just about a minute and a half long. I figured you guys wouldn’t want to see the part where I’m just sitting there, not even able to talk yet and my dad is just repeatedly saying, “Jenna, Jenna, Jenna, look at Daddy, look at Daddy,” and it’s like louder than a tornado siren going off because he’s talking less than an inch away from the microphone on the camcorder.
Besides having more peace of mind about photos being safe, this was also really fun. The Circus was all about going through the pictures with me. It gives me hope that she might just get the “keeper of the family history” gene from her mama. 😉
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