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While your old family photos are undoubtedly awesome, in this day and age, they can feel a little obsolete (not to mention vulnerable to damage).

Enter 1,000 Memories Scan Café, a professional scanning service dedicated to ensuring that your great-grandmother?s wedding portrait survives for generations to come.

The way it works is simple: After placing your order online (scans start at 19 cents a photo), Scan Café will send you a handy box with packing materials, instructions and a prepaid envelope. You fill your box with up to 1,000 photos, 35mm slides or negatives and send them off to the 1,000 Memories team, who professionally scan and color correct each shot. Your photos are then uploaded to a private album on the 1,000 Memories website, which you can share with family and friends. Finally, you?ll get all your originals back along with a DVD of the scans.

Rather not send your precious photos out into the world? You can also download 1,000 Memories? free iPhone or Android app and scan your pics (at a slightly lower quality) yourself.

Either way, it?s an improvement on the shoe box you?ve got sitting in the attic.

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