|Me - In my brownie uniform|
I just found the most interesting blog, called Forgotten Old Photos. Check it out sometime; the link is to the right under Blogs I Like.
The blogger explains that she started with old photos found in a couple of boxes in a thrift shop and her project has developed over the past 2 years into a delightful venture of communication and reunification. She publishes the photos she finds, and also some that people have sent to her, and occasionally an old photo is reunited with the subject's relatives. When a match is made she sends the original photo on to the appropriate family. What an interesting project!
Preserving images from the past may turn out to be one of the greatest benefits of electronic media. I'm not a technology expert, but my impression is that the "bits" that images are made of don't degrade, can be reproduced endlessly, and are stored easily on hard drives, disks, etc.
I suppose the same is true of the electronic storage of music.
And what a difference that will make to future generations' knowledge of history! For example, what do we know of 500 years ago - the year 1510?
- We have the written word, passed down, rewritten, interpreted, edited, etc.
- We have a few old books and artifacts, mostly stored in museums.
- We have old paintings, samples that have survived the years, again mostly in museums or private collections.
- Photos, videos, movies, diaries (blogs), newspapers and textbooks, all accurately preserved by electronic data.
- Although not everything will survive, the sample that does will be larger because the medium is more stable.
In the meantime, I'm enjoying these old photos, and the blogger's attempts to interpret and connect-the-dots (literally).
And here are a couple of my own fairly old photos:
|First Grade - Fredericksburg School - 1952|
|Vacation Bible School - First Baptist Church - 1954|
Now, go hug someone you love, and say a kind word to someone you don't!