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Video: San Francisco Tech company helps preserve World War II memories

Look at this one here…

Eugene Kessler carries these photos around in the plastic bin on his walker, never parting with the visual cues to the memories that have made up his life.

They remind him of good times… “this is mother”

and some of the more extreme moments of his life, like when he served in World War Two.

Eugene is 97. Everyone in his family is gone now, so the photos are precious to him.

“they’re all I have!”

Understanding that is what brings San Francisco app-developer 1,000 memories to Yountville.

“Do you mind if I take a photo of this one?”


Helena Price, and others, are taking these old, treasured photos, and with a snap—saving them. That and the oral history 1,000 memories collects will be turned over the Library of Congress.  So far, they’ve collected 15.

They’ve focused on the Yountville Veteran’s Home of California because it houses the country’s highest concentration of World War Two Vets.

It’s a project that is dear to the co-founder’s heart.

Rudy Adler “My grandfather had these great photos…”

Now the office of 1,000 memories is decorated with old family photos, all snapped on iPhones. The 1,000 memories shoebox app launched last month and has been downloaded XX times. From here, the photos go onto pages that can be shared with family members.

Where Adler’s own grandfather’s world war two story is complete with captions and comments by family members.

Eventually there may be a premium fee, but Adler says the goal is to keep the basics of the pages available for free.

The 1,000 memories team will be back in Yountville in a few weeks to collect more oral histories, while they still can.

Kerry Davis, IDG News Service.


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