We exercise a lot of care and patience in reproducing the best quality photographs we can on newsprint paper. This is often a difficult task, but today's technology has made it possible with not a lot of difficulty. The old rule of thumb was that a reproduction of any photograph could only be as good as the original. Not anymore! Now we have the capability of reproducing photos, in many cases, that look even better than the original!

In contributing photos to The Kentucky Explorer for publication, keep in mind the following guidelines for best results:

(1) When possible, send good photocopies or scans of your photos. Black and white or color makes little difference. Never send the original via U. S. mail, unless absolutely necessary;

(2) If scanning photos for submission via e-mail, keep your scans at 150-200 dpi (75-100 lpi). According to industry experts, anything larger than this is a waste of time and space, and it takes forever to download them. Send all photos as JPEG or GIF files only! We use Apple-based computers and cannot decifer Windows formats, such as .DOC (Word).

(3) Include identifying information as accurately and thoroughly as possible. The more you can say about a photograph, such as when and where it was taken and who is pictured in the photo, etc., the more value it will have for others when it is published. Also include your own name, address, phone number, and e-mail, so that we or our readers may contact you about your photos, if desired.

(4) Do not send photos from newspapers, magazines, books, or any other previously published sources. Copyright laws come into play here.

While working with photographs is a time-consuming task, from month to month, we feel that our published photos are certainly worth the effort, and they provide yet another resource in helping to preserve our past for future generations to enjoy.

Here are some photos (reduced in quality for Internet format) from our July-August 2001 issue:

Genealogy Photos:

Ball Family, 1885

Elrod Brothers, 1930

Woodbine School, 1909

Wheelright, 1945

General Interest Photos:

Salyersville, 1937

Big Shoal, 1919

Holt Coonskins, 1955

Churchgoers, 1924

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