Madame Tussaud’s Fire in 1925

An unsettling and captivating photograph of wax figures burnt and melted after the massive 1925 fire that destroyed Madame Tussaud’s wax museum in London.

Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum Fire

An eye-witness who lived opposite Madame Tussaud’s said in an interview that the fire was a wonderful spectacle. Strong red and golden flames leapt 50 feet from the roof of the building. The wax models could be distinctly heard sizzling.

Why did people not smile in old photographs?


Did you ever notice in older photos that nobody smiles?Charles_Darwin

It wasn’t because they were unhappy or grumpy, it was the process of having your photograph taken that dictated that it was not best to smile.

Older cameras required manual exposures and lots of light because there was no flash and exposures of photographs would take several minutes to hours.

Therefore the subject of the photo would have to hold the pose perfectly still for an uncomfortable amount of time, sometimes for up to 30 minutes.

Mark Twain once wrote, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”


Changing your Photo Scanner Settings

Modifying scanner settings is an easy enough task. As there are lots of types of scanners and various ways of accessing the settings so I will stick to the most generic approach.

Mind you…. you could always use a search engine to find the exact scanner settings tutorial or manual. Just type in your “make and model” and keywords “change scanner settings”


The approach below is for Windows PCs:


  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Type scanners in the Control Panel search field and press Enter.

The Control Panel window appears.

  1. Click View Scanners and Cameras.

You see a list of installed scanners in the Scanners and Cameras ..etc

scanner dialog box

  1. Click on your scanner in the Scanners and Cameras area and then click the Scan Profiles button.

The Profiles dialog box appears.

  1. Click Edit.

The Edit Default Profile dialog box appears.

scanner settings

  1. Review the settings.

These settings may include (depending on your scanner model) colour management for fine-tuning the way colours are scanned and resolution settings that control how detailed a scan is performed. (The higher the resolution, the crisper and cleaner your photo will be, but the more time it may take to scan.)

  1. Click Save Profile to return to the Properties dialog box and then click the Close button twice.

The Profiles & Scanners and Cameras windows will close.

  1. When you’re ready to run a scan, place the item to be scanned in your scanner.

Depending on your model, the item may be placed on a flat “bed” with a hinged cover or fed through a tray. Check your scanner’s manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, pressing a Scan or Start button). After you begin the scan, your computer automatically detects it and displays a dialog box showing you the scan progress and allowing you to view and save the scanned item.


Read about ‘Changing your scanners DPI / Resolution Settings

Scanners – DPI & Resolutions

Scanning photos is relatively easy, however if you’re not sure how to set the appropriate Resolution / DPI (dots per inch) and the advantages of that read on:

Go into your scanner settings and look for “DPI” or “Resolution” and review your scanners current settings.

Setting your scanners DPI / Resolution correctly can increase your photo size dramatically.


scanner settings

  • With 300 DPI you can digitise your 4×6 photo into the same size: 4×6 digital photo. This is because in photo labs they use 300 dpi or dots per inch to print your photos.
  • Setting your scanner to 600 DPI you can double the size of your photograph without losing any quality
  • Setting your scanner at a higher and higher setting you can increase your photo size
  • Even at 1200 DPI, can turn a small 2×3 photo into a 16×24 digital photo — without losing any quality.


However, remember the file size of your photo will increase and you may have difficulty emailing our uploading it if you set the DPI too high.