Several weeks ago I went to a local swap meet and haggled with a nice fella for an old album stuffed to the gills with photographs. When I got it home, I examined each photo one by one, read all the handwritten captions, and put together a picture of the family held inside the album's pages. Here are some of the highlights (please click on photos to enlarge. it's worth it.):
The cover has gorgeous embossed trees on the front.
This pair stopped me in my tracks.
"We cut down the old pine trees."
My absolute favorite image in the book, captioned "Three mermaids."
I wish we still had bathing suits like this.
"On our way."
Poring over the album made me think about my own way of preserving images. Admittedly, I've been a slacker. I have a couple years worth of somewhat organized photo boxes, but I have very little in albums and most of the past 5 years or so exists only in digital format. I recently started getting caught up in printing my backlog of photos and have vowed to put them into an album. I absolutely adored going through old photo albums as a child, and I can't imagine denying that pleasure to any future kiddos in my life. A photo album is a treasured thing indeed, and I'm determined to keep the tradition.
Well. If all else fails, at least I'll have the well-organized photo albums of complete strangers to show off :)