Therese McGinnes Austin and John Ralph Austin, abt 1950 – Click to listen to the story behind this photo!
Is Scanning Enough? Introducing StoryScans™ Talking Images
The photo above, of my great-grandparents Therese McGinnes Austin and John Ralph Austin is one of my favorites since it brings back so many memories and family stories. Not only did these two amazing people help raise me in upstate New York, but they encouraged me to trace my family history including records, photos and stories.
So what do you see above? A sunny summer day, an older couple enjoying each other’s company – perhaps taking a break from gardening or doing repair work at home?
What I know about this photo and you don’t, and only because I’ve preserved the family stories both in writing and in my memory, is this:
- The house is their retirement home in Grahamsville, NY, about 100 miles north of Manhattan where they lived up until the late 1940s.
- They helped raise 12 grandchildren, including my mother, at this summer place. My mother saw the house, which was built in 1840, and all its outbuildings as a refuge from the craziness of New York City.
- There used to be a porch over that door in the background . . . until a large stampeding herd of dairy cows came running down the hill and tore it off one afternoon!
Have you ever wished that a photo – digital or print – could just start talking and tell stories? Well now you have that chance with StoryScans talking images with the Flip-Pal mobile scanner. Click the image above (or here) and you can listen to a short recorded narration about the photo.
Some StoryScans Talking Images Examples
What about a beloved family recipe written in your grandmother’s handwriting on a recipe card? You know there just has to be a story about the recipe . . . so why not record that story and include it with the scan ? (Click image to play)
“Granny Nina makes the best Cotechino in the world. One Sunday we went to her house for dinner and got there early enough to help her make it. Whenever we go see her, I always bring my Flip-Pal with me, just in case. The first thing I did was use my Flip-Pal to scan Grandma’s recipe. I then used my smart phone to record Grandma talking about her recipe. Whenever my family is in the mood for Italian food, I find Granny’s recipe on my tablet, play back the audio from that afternoon and just smile as I make it myself. It feels like she’s right there in my kitchen making it with me.”
Want to see StoryScans talking images in action? Click here for several examples of photos scanned using the Flip-Pal® mobile scanner using the StoryScans feature.
FREE StoryScans Webinar!
What sparked the idea for scanned images that talk? What are some examples? What are the nuts-and-bolts on how to create talking images, and what tools are available? What should you buy for your particular type of computer or mobile device? Gordon Nuttall, the inventor of the Flip-Pal mobile scanner, discusses these questions and more in this 12 minute webinar. Click here to view!
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