How well are your photos notated?? Are they in albums with names, dates and places attached? Or are they like most of my family snaps, tossed in a shoebox and largely unidentified? Who in your family will look after them in the future?
|My parent's wedding day, scanned from a slide.|
I have been lucky enough to amass quite a collection of family photographs, combining original photos, copied photos, digital photos and slides (any relatives out there please note - I am always happy to swap and share). A few years ago I acquired a neat little device that could attach to my computer and scan old negatives and slides, creating nice digital photos and I spent several weekends busily scanning away, hugely expanding my photo cache. Many I waved in front of my parents, seeking details of when, where, what and who, and have made notes on each of as much information as I have. Like Shauna, many of the photos I have acquired have little information noted on them to help.
Other photos I have acquired from relatives - some quite distant and whom I have never met in person. Again, I have noted what I can, but sometimes its pretty sketchy. Who is in the photo - can each individual be named? When and where was it taken? What was the occasion? I want all these details but rarely have them all.
Then, during the cleaning out of a wardrobe, I can across a box with dozens of old photos inside. And I could have cried as I sifted through them, turning over print after unidentified print, with not a note or a date on any of them. Several were easy to identify, but others are still a mystery to me, and I have no clue who is in them, when they were taken and why they were included in that box. A mystery to solve.
So please, if you have a spare moment consider having a browse through your family photos and see how many are labelled and what information you can add, for yourself and for whoever will be custodian of them in the future.