Old Family Photos

Discussion in 'Photography' started by JohnO, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. JohnO

    JohnO Guest

    Where would a person find old family photos? I want to make some of my own
    personal greeting cards with real photos like you see in the stores. I have
    no idea one would start a search for something like that.

    Any ideas?

    JohnO, Feb 4, 2004
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    . Guest

    Kind of an odd request. I would think like most people you would look at
    your own familys old photos. I assume that you are not talking of old photos
    with people in them, or are you? Any way seems a rather strange request if
    that is the case. If you just want old photos of local scenery look into
    your local papers archives.

    ., Feb 4, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    He's probably referring to "period" photographs with families, from around
    the turn of the century or so.

    John, the problem is that most "family photos" aren't public domain.
    Something you might try is see if you can get a bunch of friends or
    relatives of different ages together, film them in a portrait using black
    and white film, wearing the type of clothing or costume you're looking for,
    maybe an amber colored lens filter, the photographs produced can be "aged"

    Alas, I am not familiar with the aging process, but I do know it can be done
    very effectively. Someone here should probably know how.
    Chris, Feb 4, 2004
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    Geezer Guest

    Try county antique / bric-a-brac shops. Also, try dealers who specialize in
    liquidating the tangible misc. property in estates. Family members will
    usually keep photos, but not always. I've seen period "family" photos still
    in old picture frames, loose in shoe boxes, and in old albums. If you
    budget is larger, old miniature tin-types in hard rubber gutta-percha frames
    are fairly common at antique shops. GQ
    Geezer, Feb 4, 2004
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    Rebecca Guest

    Try an old family.
    Rebecca, Feb 4, 2004
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    RSD99 Guest

    RSD99, Feb 4, 2004
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    Gabriel Guest

    In Canada, any photograph made before December 31, 1948 is in the public
    domain. I imagine US copyright laws are similar. Ownership of the actual
    print is a different isse of course. The first place to look is the public
    library. If there is a local history collection it is almost certain to have
    "family" photos and will provide copies or scans for a price. Since you are
    planning to publish you may need to pay a publication fee and a public
    library will probably charge a great deal less (or even waive the fee
    entirely, if this is for private distribution) than will a private
    organization like an historical society, say, or private museum (or the
    local newspaper archives, which may not be particularly accessible anyway).

    Gabriel, Feb 5, 2004
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    Chris Guest


    That's my point, "faking" a period photo session is a potentially cheaper
    way to go.
    Get yourself a proper lens filter, friends or whoever in the proper age
    group, some wardrobe (costume rentals, salvation army, or thrift stores are
    good), and snap some photos. No worries about royalty fees, publication
    fees, or ruffling family feathers.

    They do it all the time in the movies, albeit they go abit more for the
    Chris, Feb 5, 2004
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    Gabriel Guest

    ....ummm... we're likely talking in the 10-20 dollar range here... depending
    if they have a negative or not)

    OTOH, making a party out of it with period costumes etc would be potentially
    a lot more fun.
    Gabriel, Feb 5, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    That's another point. Plus, involving friends and family makes the
    "postcards" alot more personal and heart-felt when given than simply
    searching for someone else's photos from decades ago.

    The price isn't a major issue, but atleast these photos wouldn't need extra
    fees, and forms to sign. Free and clear license to your own photos beats
    permission anyday. ;-)
    Chris, Feb 5, 2004
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    David Guest

    take a look at antique stores.

    David, Feb 6, 2004
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    MisNomer Guest

    MisNomer, Feb 7, 2004
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    Fugitive Guest

    ask granny.

    Gallery http://www.picturetrail.com/fugitive1
    Fugitive, Apr 30, 2004
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    RSD99 Guest

    RSD99, Apr 30, 2004
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