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When I told my husband I was thinking about giving Legacybox a try, I expected him to ask me some questions, or at least think about it for a minute or ten. But he didn’t have to think about it: he surprised me by saying we have to do that right now.
Legacybox is a service that digitizes your home movies and old photos to keep them safe and make them easy to enjoy. I had no idea how much the box of precious family memories we’d been storing on a basement shelf was stressing out my husband. He was so worried something would happen to them before we’d taken the steps to preserve them.
When you get the ball rolling with Legacybox, they send you a kit that includes a guide, a crush-proof box, and access to a personal concierge if you’re in need of expert help.
You fill the box with any format of outdated memories you want: we sent in VHS tapes, photos, and a few 35mm negatives, but they also process everything from cassette tapes to eight tracks to film reels. You drop the box in the mail (shipping is included, both ways). In a few weeks you receive your originals back along with DVDs and digital files ready to share and enjoy.
I was a little unprepared for how fun—and emotional—the process of culling old memories would be. Will and I did the deep dive on a Saturday morning. We made a pot of coffee, pulled our giant Rubbermaid tote filled with old memories out of the basement, and spread them all over the floor to see what we had.
We uncovered so many old favorites we hadn’t seen in years.
We spent way longer than necessary culling our items because we couldn’t resist looking at every photo. Once we’d decided what we wanted to preserve, we packed everything up for Legacybox. They send you a sheet of barcode stickers to attach to all your items, so you can track where your precious memories are every step of the way.
We shipped off our box and a few weeks later we received back all the original contents … plus this: a DVD and a thumb drive that represents the digitized contents of our entire box.
The kids’ favorite part of the process was unquestionably Will’s highlight video from his high school football team. (I feel so much better knowing this is now safely preserved instead of languishing on our basement shelves.)
My favorite part was the great photos from the late 1970s and early 1980s:
my mom with two of her brothers, holding a very tiny me (1978)
my dad and me (1979)
me on the swingset (1982-ish)
photobooth snaps from when Will and I were dating (1997)
Will and I ringing the bell in our college bell tower, per tradition, because we’d just gotten engaged (1999)
the morning of my wedding, getting my hair done and veil set (2000)
As we were going through the Legacybox process I couldn’t help but think what a fabulous gift this would be for my parents or grandparents. We converted to digital photography shortly after our first child was born, and we still had a lot to convert. But my parents have piles of photos and VHS tapes that I suspect they’d love to enjoy again. I’m definitely keeping this in mind for Mother’s Day or Christmas.
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