Last night I did the downloads and found the software for my Epson computer. The computer is a few years old and never used because of two other functioning computers. I refused to throw away something that works and getting software to work drives me crazy.
I have Windows 7 on my new computer. I had visions of trials and tribulations finding and installing the drivers because Windows 7 was not around when the printer was made.
To my great joy and satisfaction it downloaded and works like a charm. I just had to go into the bowels of Epson and I must admit their information and downloading programs is great. No problem at all.
What I did was scan about half of the photos from the album that I had found that belonged to my father side of the family.
The biggest obstacle was getting the photos unstuck after being in the album for about thirty years. I do not know who had but them there, but they were really stuck. What I did, since most of them were snapshots and not formal portraits, was gently inserting a slim knife under the picture and gently manipulating the release of the photo from the album. There were no fatalities in destroying the pictures. There were some of them at I could not get the edge of the photo to release to start the process. I will scan them with my hand held scanner, I just need to replace the batteries on that tool.
A lot of them were thin, but the few formal portraits were made of better paper. It was a tedious job but I was able to remove most of the pictures.
A few of the pictures I could identify but most of them I could not. I wrote to my cousin and hopefully she can help me solve the mystery.
Claudia and Gerda c. 1946