For the last week, I have been going through drawers and cupboards in my parents’ house, scanning everything I could find. I have found some really interesting things. For instance, my grandfather’s sister was a published author. She submitted poems and stories to such magazines as Ellery Queen and Family Circle. I found birth and death certificates, report cards and even my great grandfather’s autopsy report.
Some, okay, most of the pictures in the house have not been preserved in acid free conditions. Some of the photos with ink pen written on the back have bled through to the front. Some of the pictures have been taped into scrapbooks with what looked like first aid tape. Some of the pictures were torn or damaged in some way. By scanning them into my computer, hopefully I have preserved them so that even if the original disintegrates, we will still have the images.
Here are some of the treasures I found:
This is my grandfather as a teenager with my grandmother on a date
See how the tape around the edges damaged it?
Here is my grandmother with her father. He died soon thereafter in a railroad accident.
It is the only picture we have of them together.
Here is a picture of my great grandmother’s brothers:
It is torn and wrinkled. I don’t think it will last another generation.
Finally, here are my great grandmother’s parents.
I am so glad that modern technology has been developed to save these precious pictures. Not only will there be no fights over who gets them because I can make a copy for all of my family, no one has to touch the originals. We can put them in an archival safe box and keep them as safe as we can.