Nova Scotia

Could your old family photo be in Carsand-Mosher's archive of negatives?

If your family had photos taken in the Truro area between the late 1960s and the late 1980s, Carsand Photo Imaging may be able to reunite you with some old memories.

Family behind Carsand-Mosher kept negatives of customers' photos from the '60s to the '80s

Colin Yorke, who now owns Carsand Photo Imaging in Truro, used to sit in his father's portrait studio as his dad took photos to test the lighting. (The Yorke family/Carsand Photo Imaging)

If your family had photos taken in the Truro, N.S., area between the late 1960s and the late 1980s, Colin Yorke may be able to reunite you with some old memories.

Yorke is the son of the late Carson Yorke, who founded Carsand-Mosher Photographic more than four decades ago. The family business closed its last store in Truro in February, but its legacy lives on.

Since 1967, the Yorke family has kept many of the negatives of photos they took for customers, all the way up to the late 1980s. 

The Yorke family, in a 1960s portrait. Father Carson Yorke operated a photography studio out of the basement of the family home, and the Carsand-Mosher company grew from there. (Yorke family/Carsand Photo Imaging)

"It was a collection we've maintained and loved all these years," said Yorke, 54. "There have been customers that needed reprints over the years."

Since Carsand-Mosher closed, Yorke has opened up his own shop in Truro called Carsand Photo Imaging. He focuses on photo restoration and printing, but has a much smaller space than the old 10,000-square-foot store.

He said he is dedicated to keeping the negatives in good shape, but they do deteriorate over time and may have to be placed in long-term storage in the coming years.

"Some years from now, it might be difficult to get high-quality scans because these are medium-format, large negatives. We'll be doing that as long as we can," he said.

"We're keen on getting these out there and into people's hands so 100 years from now, people will be able to access them just because they're on their hard drive or in the cloud." 

'It's a good feeling'

Yorke will dig up the negatives and the digitize the photos for a fee.

He put the word out over his company's Facebook page, and the response has been tremendous, he said. He has already been able to put old family photos back into people's hands. 

"It's a good feeling. In some cases, the photos might have been lost or given away. It may be the first time they've seen the photos in many years."

Nancy Sulis, 70, said she was happy to hear Yorke had the negatives of photos of her daughter, Leigh, taken in 1977 when she was just one year old. 

"I was amazed, I didn't know they were still in the land of the living — I thought they were long gone," she said. 

Sulis said she isn't sure where those old photos are now. The family arranged to get the negatives digitally scanned so the photos can be kept for generations to come.