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Old Pictures Should Be Treasured

Today, we spent the day going through old pictures. They were left to us by my aunt who recently passed. The pictures were from various years. Some of the pictures were older than me. In fact, I think I liked the pictures that were the oldest the best. I love looking at old, old pictures.

I did learn something as I went through these old pictures. I learn just how valuable it is to label our pictures. Some of the pictures were missing labels and we had no idea the date of when the pictures were taken. We also had no idea of who the people were in the pictures. Those were now sad pictures because they had no labels.

This helped me to see that I needed to go through my pictures and add those all important labels. Then future generations will have a better understanding of the pictures I have taken and can enjoy them better.

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paigea wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:45 PM

I have a bunch of old pictures and no idea who is in them. There is no one left to tell me so I am trying to get myself to just throw them out.

Feisty56 wrote on October 22, 2014, 9:50 PM

Oh, you've reminded me of a task I must get to myself. I guess it will be a good project for the winter to sort through old photos and get them labeled and into some semblance of order.

bestwriter wrote on October 22, 2014, 10:56 PM

My cupboard has albums by the dozen but no takers. In the good old days whenever we had guests we would keep them busy with our albums while we were busy elsewhere. In the digital world that we live now, these albums no longer have value. I have uploaded scores on FB where they will be there ofcourse with labels and all

LeaPea2417 wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:02 AM

I agree it is wise to protect old pictures. I have most of my old ones in photo albums and newer ones stored online that were taken with a digital camera.

LoudMan wrote on October 23, 2014, 12:51 AM

Yes, old pictures should be treasured. Sometimes, they're all the memories someone has.

BarbRad wrote on October 23, 2014, 2:52 AM

I have also noticed this when going through old photos left by my parents and in-laws. I always try to label my photos, but most of them are digital now and will probably die with me.

rustedmemory wrote on October 23, 2014, 8:39 AM

I think there is a cool aura of mystery with old photos that are not of your family... The colors and wear and tear of the paper is something you cant re-create.

Ellis wrote on October 23, 2014, 9:56 AM

Old pictures are worth their weight in gold...not just for the people in them but the fashions, changes in landscapes etc..

AliCanary wrote on October 23, 2014, 5:46 PM

Yep, I'm even grateful for the pictures I took MYSELF that I thought to label for names and dates--you can't remember everything!

AliCanary wrote on October 23, 2014, 5:48 PM

Are you sure there is no one? Even though my parents are dead, I am in a Facebook group with my extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins), and we are always posting old photos for the older relatives to identify. You should try that before you throw anything away. If you don't have family, you might have some older neighbors or family friends who could help!

paigea wrote on October 24, 2014, 12:40 AM

I'll have to think about it. Of the generation ahead of me there are two people and they are both legally blind due to Macular degeneration. Any old neighbours are in a different province and probably not there any more anyway. I am talking about pictures from around 1900

tinamarie wrote on October 24, 2014, 10:59 AM

I have some very old black and whites of my mother's entire family when she was a little girl. It was both sides - her mother's and her father's. It was amazing to see all those people and know that I have a connection to everyone of them.

AliCanary wrote on October 24, 2014, 11:17 AM

Oh my, those are pretty old. Well, what I would do if I were you is to scan them and save them on a flash drive, if you want to get rid of the hard copies. You can use the file names to put any info you might have. Someone might want them for historical interest, anyway.

LisaSteinmetz wrote on October 24, 2014, 10:11 PM

I always label photos with the date and those in the pic. This way if something happens to me then people will know who is in my photo's.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 4:39 PM

I agree, I treasure all my old pictures and some have labels and some do not, but I try to keep them all in nice photo albums or nice frames to preserve them.