Sunday, February 18, 2007


Granddaddy&Grandmamma, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

I created this scrapbook page for my dad. He lost his mom in 2005 and his dad just recently. I wanted to do something special for him and thought this would be just the thing. My Grandmama and Granddaddy were so much in love... and their love was a demonstration to us all that through thick in thin, if you just love each other, things will be OK.

To make a long story short, I created this page for my dad as a gift, and had help from Tina and Amy, and mulled over it for days on end. I wanted it to be perfect -- something for him to hang in his office and something for him to remember his parents by. Well I finished it this morning... and was so excited, I emailed it to to get it printed. I went to wal-mart and walked around choosing a frame, a mat, and some ribbon to make it look really nice inside the frame. When I got up to the photo counter to pick it up, the man behind the counter said "uhh, you can't have this, it is copyrighted material, and you have to have permission. I was like, well, the photo is so old I don't even know where to go to get permissions. He said to go to the county hall in the city it was taken, etc. I was like this is crazy, this was just for a gift for my father! I'm not taking millions of copies and selling them or anything! So we went back and forth, and tearfully, I asked to speak to a manager, who told me the same thing. Well then I said that I've already pre-paid for the prints through the web, and it makes no sense that I cannot have them... Then I called my mom and sobbed and asked what to do (this gift meant A LOT to me and I was ready to give it to my dad!!!!)... she was like I don't know what to do... So, I told her that I was just going to take them and go. So, I walked over to the counter, picked them up and left the store. (I had already paid through the web). The guy came after me, but really, what was he going to do? I successfully got away with MY photo, and that was that. My husband and sister are now referring to me as the criminal. But, really, what has this world come to when we have to go through so much drama to carry on our family history? I am appalled and upset! It's not like I took Camden to Olan Mills and am trying to make tons of photo copies at Wal-Mart! I UNDERSTAND that would be wrong... but I simply cannot understand how re-printing photos that are over 60-years old is a crime!


Joe said...

Smooth Criminal.

Joe said...

Great work, by the way!

vickie said...

I don't get it, this is family!!!! I am floored and CANNOT believe that you were told that you couldn't do that. AND I am just so thrilled that you took them anyway!! HURRAY for you!!!!

Hey if it doesn't make ANY sense then you have to just go ahead and do the right thing, the logical thing.

by the way, the page looks stunning....what a fantastic idea!

Mrs. Pivec said...

I'm so glad you took them. You made such a beautiful gift for your dad!