Old Photos

My mother’s family took photos. Lots and lots of photos. Mother always meant to organize and scan the pictures. She wanted a digital archive that could be saved and shared, one of the many projects left unfinished when she died.

I’ve been making slow progress with the photos, which is fascinating, frustrating work. Most are not labelled, so scanning is the easy part. The hard part will begin later, when I try to match names and faces, to reunite families and trace their paths through time.

8 thoughts on “Old Photos

  1. Angela June 12, 2012 / 11:23 PM

    This is something my family needs to do. Such a huge project, but very worthwhile. Good luck, Rae, and thanks for sharing the picture. 🙂

    • Rae Spencer June 13, 2012 / 3:15 PM

      It’s overwhelming, at times, but also rewarding. My biggest regret is that so many of the photos are hopeless mysteries because there is no one left to identify them. But the images are too beautiful to lose, so I keep scanning…

      • Angela June 13, 2012 / 10:04 PM

        Yes, I remember sitting with my grandma going through old pictures and her being able to tell me who each person was……sadly, she is no longer here and while we still have the pictures , many names are lost. Still, its a beautiful gift even to have them at all. Enjoy! 🙂

  2. notsofancynancy June 12, 2012 / 11:15 AM

    I began that same journey last year. Somehow I took a left at World War II and got stuck. Enjoy!

    • Rae Spencer June 12, 2012 / 6:17 PM

      I seem to be spending most of my time in World War I, so I understand how easy it is to get stuck!

  3. timelesslady June 12, 2012 / 8:11 AM

    Sorting and labeling all your old photos will be a BIG task, but a worthy one…enjoy the memories.

  4. withoutaudacity June 11, 2012 / 9:46 PM

    Sounds like a great project. I did this with my wife’s family photos.

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