Kodak Alaris is working with the Democrat & Chronicle to help reunite Korean War veterans and their families with more than 150 recently discovered historical photographs. The 8-by-10-inch glossy, black and white photographs, found by the daughter of a veteran, were taken by the Department of Defense in June, July and August 1950. The photos were given to Betty Perkins-Carpenter, a Korean War veteran and member of the Monroe County Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association with the hopes of tracking down the subjects.
“The pictures are amazing,” she said. “These aren’t simply snapshots; these are treasures. The minute you look at them you realize there are so many stories and family members behind each picture. I knew I needed to do whatever I could to make these photos available to the service people or their families.”
A number of veterans and relatives have already claimed some of the photos. Perkins-Carpenter said she was able to verify one of the soldiers in a photo of U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur after hearing from the soldier’s son.
To preserve the quality of the images while making them available for viewing online, Kodak Alaris scanned all of the photos and captions printed on the back with its Kodak Picture Saver Scanning System PS50. The scanned images were provided to the Democrat & Chronicle, which created an online gallery at http://koreanwar.democratandchronicle.com. By clicking on a photo, visitors can read the caption and request a copy of the image.
“This scanner was designed solely to scan photos,” said Bruce Holroyd, worldwide product manager for photo scanning products, Kodak Alaris. “Kodak Perfect Touch Technology was especially important for this project because it added luster to parts of images that were faded.”
More than 10 subjects in the photographs already have been identified and Perkins-Carpenter is following up on a number of other inquiries and strong leads. To watch a video with more information about Snapshots from the Korean War, visit http://bit.ly/1zfoNR0.