Let’s not lose a generation of photos

In this digital and social media age, photos are shared through computers.  We also take a ton of photos because we don’t have to pay for them.  Back in the days of actual film cameras, a roll cost about $5. then to develop the film was around $12. and that was for 24 photos to be printed. Then there were AA batteries for the flash and a special battery for the camera’s light meter.  When I worked in a camera department in the 1970s while in College, I recall telling customers to expect a roll of film to cost $20 to buy and get prints.   We loved to show our photos at parties and we so carefully placed them in photo albums.  These albums held up from little hands flipping through them, family members checking them out during visits, and now we are passing them on to the next generation.  How are we doing this now?

Are people sharing photos in Facebook and other social media sites.  Are they shared and then lost in the back room of our accounts never to be appreciated again?  Are they saved in a high resolution so prints can be made?  Will your grandchildren be able to see photos of their family growing up?  Will children be able to see themselves in the faces of their ancestors?

We live very busy lives, many people have two jobs, studies, child care etc.  It is really easy to take photos with our phones.  How many photo’s do you actually download and save on a disc or external hard drive.  When is the last time you actually ordered some prints?  There are so many wonderful ways to preserve our photos now: prints, make hardcover books, use them for personal greeting cards, make calendars,  put your favorites in albums.

Here is an idea of preserving photos.  Make a commitment to save or gather 10 or 20 photos every month.  Ask your family to send you some of these every month.  That can add up to 100 – 200 photos a year, that is one album.  How easy is that!


Box of Photos Removed from old albums and scanned to a disc.  Copies of the disc were made and given to family members.




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