Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Preserving The Memories

When we came back from the Mountain House we came back with boxes and boxes of photos, letters and cards from family long since gone. The items we found were from my husbands Grandparents, Great Aunt and Uncle and his Father's Uncle. I'm sure you can imagine what a treasure this is to my husband, we thought these photos were long gone.

The photo above is of my husband's grandparents. He had spent some time in Borneo working with the oil company. This car was one of his purchases when he came back to the states.

This photo is of my husband's grandfather as a young man. We think this was taken before he went to Borneo.

This photo is of my husband's Great Aunt, (the one in white) the sister of my husband's grandmother (she's in the back with her hands on her hip) It looks as if his Great Aunt is showing off something...maybe a ring??

                    This photo is of my Father in law and his two siblings, all of them gone now.

We are not sure what we are going to do with all of these treasures. There are other family members who might want some of these memories but I think the majority of the boxes will end up at our house for the time being. All the purging I did last year quickly being undone..lol.

My Father in Law put a book together when he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's with photos and names of many family members. He did it because he knew his memory was going and he put the book together to help him remember. He had shown it to us years ago but we could never find it after he died. We discovered it again last month behind some old baskets in an upstairs closet, it was our find of the trip, it has helped us put names to people.

I would be interested in knowing how some of you have managed old family photos, letters and cards (some of the postcards are beautiful) It seems wrong to toss it out but does no good sitting in boxes either. I'm sure i will post some on the blog from time to time. What kind of things have you done?


Camille said...

A scrapbook would be a wonderful way to preserve them and have them handy to enjoy....with captions to tell who is who, etc. Another good plan is perhaps to scan them onto a hard-drive to be able to share with other family members who are interested. Then, put them into that scrapbook. Just some thoughts. Of course, easier said than done....it's a time consuming project for sure! What wonderful memories you have in those treasures. :) Hugs, Camille

living from glory to glory said...

Hi, how great that was that he wrote out some of the names and such. It is a hard task, but I wish I had more to go one once all the parents and grandparents were gone. Just but photo albums and do the best you can with them all. Frame a few for your den, give some away. Don't feel guilty about not being able to keep them all, We just kept the ones that were really interesting.
Hugs, Roxy

Cheryl said...

These are treasures that you've uncovered...especially the one with all of the names. Your father-in-law was wise to record that family history for the future generations.

Sorting and preserving old photos is a monumental task! Our family (my mother, my aunt, my sister and I) began the process over a year ago. We were planning to scan all the photos (many, many!) and keep them in an online account that we could all have access to. But my sister is having health issues and we have had an unusual year (first with Ron's illness, now with a move), so the project has been suspended for now. It is a worthy endeavor though.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

How wonderful to find these treasured photos and even better that you can identify folks. Hope you find a great way to store them.