The photo challenge this week at Sticky Fingers is ‘Children’. This week I’m not showing mine for a change, but those in our old family photo box. I love seeing how they dressed, and how the nature of children never really changes. I’ve recently gotten to the age realise now how fast life goes by – where have the last 10 years gone? – and it never fails to amaze me that all these little children are now elderly. Not too old in my Dad’s case (love ya!) and very old (97) in my Nan’s case.
If you’re like me you take lots of photos of your kids, and it’s so important to print out the good ones. Future generations aren’t going to be able to read your hard drive or data sticks. I’ve recently been moving images from old data sticks before I have no way of reading them, technology has moved fast in 9 years. I’ve been printing them into books and getting individual prints, I’m terrified my computer will have a melt down and Miss L’s childhood will be lost.
The same goes with old photos they can be lost too. I’ve started scanning all ours and having them reprinted as they don’t last forever. Funnily enough it’s not only the old ‘tin types’ from the early 1900’s that have degraded rapidly but pretty much anything taken in the 1970’s, Polaroids are terrible for losing colour and fading. It’s hard work but well worth it to preserve your family history.