When my parents passed away and we were left to go through the house, my sister and I started sorting through the pictures. What a daunting task. In the end, I said I would take the negatives naively thinking I would just make prints of stuff back as we did in the old days.
I was so disappointed when I learned that making photos from negatives we so 1970 and not only was impossible to find someone to do it, it was expensive.
The negatives got put in a box and I left them. I had hope that someday I’d figure out a way to do something with them.
Not too long ago while I was scrolling through Instagram I saw an app called FilmBox by Photomyne.
Supposedly you can take a negative, put it in front of a clear light source, take a picture of it with the app and it will turn into a picture on your phone.
Hmm. That sounded interesting. I watched the advertisement for the app many times. I am super skeptical of things and don’t want to be ripped off. So, I didn’t get the app. I was afraid there was some hidden something so I left if be.
Then one-day Kalissa was at my house and I showed her the app. She said let’s try it…so we did.
There is a free 3-day trial and then you are charged $29 a year. I think there was a $ 7-a-month option too. I did the $29 for a year. I have my immediate family negatives I’d love to go through too.
Kalissa and I went through a few negatives from our family and then a few days later, I pulled the negatives from my parent’s house and started working on a few of them.
I just adore old pictures…and my brothers were so cute. Here are… Jim and Jay. They are 4 and 6 years older than me. My dad made this corncrib for Jim as his birthday present. You can still see the bow on top. That was our dog flipper with them.
Here is a picture of my oldest three siblings, Judy, Jule, and Jay with our dog Nippy.
The app has a button users can click and then the picture is colorized. Isn’t that neat??
Here is a picture of my older siblings…
I colorized that one too.
It is SUPER easy to turn the negatives into pictures. Simply place the negative on a whiteboard. I have THIS ONE from Amazon. Set the board to the highest white setting. Open the app on your phone and hold down the button. Then you have a picture that can be downloaded onto your phone.
If there is interest, I can try to do a video on how to do it. It is super simple. So simple that I can do it and surprisingly, I am not tech-savvy.
Here’s another picture of my siblings and dad. Left to right it’s Jule, Judy, Jay, and my dad. Of course, as with all families, there are fewer family photos of the younger kids…I’m the youngest.
I smiled after I saw this photo. This was my mom’s kitchen. She and Dad bought her stove on the day JFK died. They were in the appliance store when a television in the store reported the news of his passing. It was a brown Coppertone-colored stove. I should have made a color version of this one. The oven door was lower and my mom would turn on the oven, open the door a few inches and let the heat of the oven go up her back. This is totally 60s!!
I sent several of the photos to my siblings. These are my brothers Jim and Jay. Jay was Mrs. Harper Valley PTA. I sent the photo to him.
Jay said this started his love of dressing up for Halloween. He said he won the 4th grade Halloween costume contest with this outfit. HA!!
I found this older picture of him. It was one of the first old trucks he bought. He doesn’t remember seeing this picture ever and was happy to see it.
After some discussion between the siblings, we decided to try to get together one day and go through the negatives. I’m excited to do this.
Luckily at one point, my sister sorted through many of these and put them in each sibling’s envelope.
Sadly, I have this huge envelope of negatives for my own family…they all need attention too.
I hope to tackle them a little at a time. I have a year to do it and then I’ll cancel my app charge so I don’t pay for another year.
I thought I would share this as I’m certain there are many of you who also have negatives and would like to do something more cost-effective with them and find a way to preserve them. Again, the app was FilmBox.
Let me know if you try it and what you think of it…me, I’m loving it!!