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From: " Charles S. Mason, Jr." <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Scanning Letters
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 20:58:58 -0700
I am not sure about what format is best to save things in. I will leave that to others. However, I have scanned things through plastic sleeves and the old stickey photo albums with plastic covers and have had good results.
I recently was given permission to scan an old German Passport that the person had professionaly framed. I did not want to try to take it apart. So I scanned it through the glass in the frame. The cover of one of my scanners lifts off and I set it on the scanner. It took a little adjustment to get it in the center, but not a lot of work. It came out pretty good. It had a slightly glossy look to it. But it was easy to read by my friend who did a translation for the owner.
You might need to play with the settings on you scanner to see what works best. I think you will have no problems with scanning through the plastic sleeves.
From: Beth Davies <>
Subject: [APG] Scanning Letters
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 21:01:05 -0600
As of yesterday, I have in my possession temporarily a number of letters
written by my 3rd great-grandfather and other members of his family. I
would like to scan the letters before returning them to the distant
cousin who so graciously sent them clear across the country so I could
see them after receiving the history I wrote on this common ancestor.
Could those of you who are better at this than me suggest the best kind
of image to save them as. The one I have experimented with was saved
as a bitmap image, but would a .jpg image be better?
The letters arrived in plastic sleeves and my intention is to scan them
through the sleeve unless they have been folded and are longer than the
size of the sleeve. Will this affect the quality of the scan?
Thanks for any suggestions. I'm thinking this has been discussed
before. If so, could some one refer me to the name of the topic so I
can find it in the archives.
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