Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Picture

Linda G. Hill Life in Progress  gives us a writing prompt weekly where we just write. That is it. Stream of consciousness. I am late this week and the prompt is actually the reason why!

I am in a purging and organizing mood right now. I have my mother’s photo albums and she was the oldest girl of eight.  All her siblings sent her pictures over the years. I have now started going through the pictures/albums and sorting them by family. Today my plan is to mail a package to my cousin. Over the Christmas holidays I took another package out to my sisters. It feels good and I’m enjoying the memories.

Have you gone through old photo albums lately? What do you think? Or are you all digital? Have we lost something with all out social media posting and Instagram? I’d be interested to know.

You can always start now!

 

34 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Picture

  1. Phil Taylor says:

    It’s been a long time since I looked in old photo albums. Sadly, a lot of the old pictures are fading quite a bit. I’ve come to rely on IG and Facebook to be my photo albums.

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    • Amelia says:

      I found a lot out of focus and yes faded. Get them scanned before they fade more. It was neat to see all the black and white – yes I know I am dating myself.

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  2. afternoonofsundries says:

    I love old pictures! My spring break is coming up, and I plan to fully take advantage of the time and clean like a maniac! Maybe I’ll got through some old pictures too….

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    • Amelia says:

      For me there is something satisfying purging and organizing. Put aside a chunk of time for the pictures as you will reliving memories and sharing them. Maybe start photo albums for other family members or those memory boxes.

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  3. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany says:

    I tried to organize my mother’s and grandmother’s photos before I left eh US for Germany. But in the end, I put them back in the box for another day(year). My plan is to go digital so the whole family (and others on Ancestry) can enjoy them, but it is A LOT of WORK.
    Good luck to you. It will feel great when it is all completed.

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    • Amelia says:

      We scanned a lot for my mother’s 90th birthday so we have copies of that presentation. But there is just so many pictures that didn’t make it. Her siblings sent pictures of their kids when pictures where more precious to have printed. So I’m trying to send those pictures back as everyone is now an adult with kids of their own.

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  4. ellenbest24 says:

    The husband has put them on his computer, he purchased a thing to alter slides from years gone by into digital snaps, he was left him by aged uncles . This had him busily altering lableing into albums for over a year.Me I zap them to vista and have them made into postcards to send family who may have forgot. Silly really as I revert them back in a way, but a 54 year old snap all crackled and bent looked smashing on a post card to my sister across the sea in Georgia USA. She couldn’t wait to phone and thank me for the childhood snap of her and me.

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    • Amelia says:

      That is a great idea. A friend had a hard time finding a slide projector to go through old slides and now they are pulling the slides to have made into photos. The postcards are a great idea. The piece of equipment seems well worth it. So many memories that could be easily lost. It was too funny the prompt was picture after spending the night going through a box of them!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  5. Losing the Plot says:

    I have very few photos from childhood, I don’t know where they’ve gone. I know there were school albums and all sorts, records of achievement and the like – I would love to see them again but I suspect my Mum has thrown them out. 😦

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  6. laughingatthesky says:

    While I love old photo albums, I feel I’ve personally gained with digital photography and social media. I’ve been sailing the world much of the last seven years and have been able to capture memories in way that I would not have been able to afford with film. I also love keeping up with sailors and other friends on social media in ways that didn’t used to be possible. There are certainly trade offs, yet I do love digital.

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    • Amelia says:

      I remember film and yeah we had to limit our picture taking. So digital is great for that and so much easier to share instantly! I think we can have the best of both worlds by printing off our favorite shots and putting in smaller albums or creating those photo books that are lovely to flip through of a trip. Always trade offs and just rethinking where and what we can do. thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Unbound Roots says:

    I think we have lost a lot since social media appeared on the scene – flipping through photo books is just one of those things. I have to say, I still have plenty of photo books that I put together as I grew up, and my MIL gave me plenty of photo books of my husband when he was growing up. Now, our kids love to page through them – almost on a daily basis. I also miss good ol’ phone calls and writing/receiving letters in the mail. Thanks for a thought-provoking post!

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    • Amelia says:

      Agree it was nice to just sit and to through the pictures. Maybe you will have to do up a photo album for the kids capturing their favorite shots. I started writing notes and sending cards via snail mail a few years ago and people seem to enjoy receiving them.

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      • Unbound Roots says:

        I bet your friends and family truly enjoy your cards – I know I would.

        Also, I do plan on doing a scrapbook for each child – they have asked me to start one for them a few times, so it must be done. I just need to make the time for it 🙂

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      • Amelia says:

        The scrapbook is such a good idea. Don’t think of it as a big project just break it down, like picking out baby pictures to print. Then move on to another bit like buying the scrapbook. Tackle it in smaller bite size pieces and you will enjoy it more. Plus once you get started looking through those pictures you won’t stop for a bit!!

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  8. Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) says:

    My brother started a photo album years ago with old family picture dating back to my great grandmother’s family – she died in 1987 aged 92, and had been the eldest of 12. Her husband was one of 24! So you can imagine the fun and games we have had over the years putting together a family tree of photos! After my last big op I decided to finally file our photos and put some in albums, but I was quite sad when I got to the point where digital photography ad taken over…I’m sure we’re not alone in not getting around to printing pics out! Think I might have a picture post coming……

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    • Amelia says:

      It was fun and sad looking at pictures. The other things is getting names and dates on the pictures before we lose the individuals who actually where there when the picture was taken. Hope that made sense. I had pictures I had no idea who they were and nothing written on them. Those photo books are great also. Friend had one done each year of grandchildren.

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      • Claire Saul (PainPalsBlog) says:

        I know – we have so many pics and have no idea who they are of or where they were taken. We do have some great ones though of my Grandad aged 17 travelling on the Queen Elizabeth from UK to Canada for his first big engineering job! Early 1930s. Love the idea of grandchildrens’ photo books!

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      • Amelia says:

        It was hard looking through the older pictures and realising I should have taken the time to ask when people where still alive who they were. Make sure you have written down who, what and where those older pictures are as the next generation might not know. Start those grandchildren’s’ photo-books!!

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  9. J | thenellybean says:

    Sometimes I flip through old photo albums of when I was much younger, it’s amazing to see how quickly things have changed and how different people look back then. Brings back all the memories too! xx

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    • Amelia says:

      I enjoy the black and white pictures they seem so much crisper than the coloured pictures at that time. Yes to fashion at the time! Thinking there are a few now we will be laughing at later. thanks for stopping by.

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    • Amelia says:

      You definitely had to think before you took a shot using film and no taking a dozen of the same thing. I remember looking through the lense thinking would this be a good picture when using film. Now press, press and press!

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