The first few photos scanned beautifully, then the scanner went nuts. It didn't die, but it might as well have, because its output became virtually useless. Here's an example of what it did to a photo that was lying perfectly straight on the scanner bed:
That wouldn't do, obviously, so I tried again:
I tried half a dozen more times with no better results. The printer/copier/scanner would copy the photo perfectly, but it wouldn't scan properly for anything. Go figure.
I Googled for help, tried everything I read, and nothing straightened out the crooked scans. I was just about to give up when I thought of using my camera to take a high-res image of each photo Shirley had sent. That worked much better:
Grandpa Erna (standing far right) and
Grandma Audrey (seated at right on the sofa).
Now, don't misunderstand me. I certainly don't mean to imply that the quality of the picture above is good. After all, it's a photo of a photocopied enlargement of a picture taken more than 40 years ago. I'm just saying that the camera did a better job than the scanner in more ways than reproducing a properly aligned image.
I'm also saying there's more than one way to skin a cat.