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Time to Get Rid of Those Old Family Photographs?

By Posted in - Preserving Photos & Slideshows & Storytelling on September 28th, 2015 2 Comments Old Family Photographs

We’re constantly taking pictures, day-in and day-out. In fact, our smart phones have become the photo album of today.

But what about all those old photographs? The ones that may be dust-covered, yellowed, faded, or cracked? They might be 80 to 100 years old, stuffed in boxes in the attic, closet, garage, or basement.

What do you do with them?

Is it time to get rid of those old family photographs?

No way! These dust-covered photos convey details of your personal history, one that you may want to share with your children and other family members. They tell stories of times-gone-by … of our grandparents or great-grandparents and others.

I’ve found that most people don’t want to put those old family photographs in the trash; however, they just don’t know what to do with them. So here’s five ideas for you.

Scan your images in bulk. Many scanning services can create a digital copy of your photos and provide to you on compact disc. It’s a great way to preserve your family’s legacy and at the same time create a back-up of those precious memories.

An idea I came across was holding a photo party. Bring family and friends together – even others in your community –  to look through piles of photos spread around a room. Keep a notebook nearby so that guests can share stories, names or other details. Let each person take home a small box of treasured pictures. With the others, create memory books or photo books using the details you’ve gathered.

Create a life book of an individual or a couple. The idea of this is to highlight the people, places, and events that influenced the person’s life.

Another way to keep those precious memories and pass along to your children or others is to create a custom slide show. We’re not talking about a PowerPoint presentation, but one that helps tell a story that is meaningful for you and your family (see below).

If you truly do not want to keep or share these old photos, donate them. Check with your local historical society to see if they would be interested in your old photos.

There are many ways to enjoy your vintage family photographs and preserve them for future generations. How can we help you with your memories?

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  • Diana Foster - Reply

    September 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Absolutely love the article and the video. The black and white/sepia images look so wonderful. Bravo.

    • Kristy McClenagan - Reply

      October 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Thank you, Diana! I loved making this slide show because I just love those old, vintage photos. And, thank you so much for the top image. You do wonderful work.

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