Family: Photo Identification
If this photo had not been signed,
I would not have known who it was.
Since my mother, father and brother are gone, I have thousands of family photos. I have put some into albums and I have scanned hundreds.
Identification: My mother put 30 old photos of our ancestors into a very large frame. She drew a diagram and labeled each picture. Then she attached a manilla envelope to the back of the frame to hold the diagram. Well, you guessed it, when she died there was no sign of the envelope or the diagram. We are now left with a huge picture of people we do not know. I was taught by Family History experts to never write on the back or even front of a picture. Well thank goodness my mother stopped heeding my warnings and wrote on the back of many pictures. What she wrote is the only identification I have for each picture. Now you can buy pens at a craft store that are safe to write on photos.
Display: I have boxes and albums no one ever looks at. What is the point? I think I just got over whelmed and gave up. Each generation probably passes the boxes on with fewer and fewer clues. So I came up with different ways to display and use the photos. My favorite is a wall hanging. Make as many of these as you like and switch them out. I scanned the photos on silk printing sheets and sewed them into the fabric.
Tell a story. I started making little photo books that center on one theme or my memories of a person. This helps me sort through pictures by only choosing the ones that fit the story. I also get a better idea of which pictures are the best of a person or how many there may be. My grandmother never allowed her picture to be taken. When I was a teenager I took an old black and white photo of my grandparents, burned the edges and decoupaged it to a wooden plaque. I did not know until years later that this was one of the only photos left of her.
Start now and put pictures in a shoebox along with small plastic bags and a permanent marker. When you are watching television sort the photos, I.D. and label them. Buy a photo pen and write a note on any of the photos. Now you have a start.
Think of all the different ways to use family photos. A wall hanging, photo gifts like mugs, mouse pads, phone cover, etc. Picture puzzles of relatives we do not know are a fun family activity at Christmas or a family reunion. Make christmas ornaments with family photos.
Toni Faile Lyerly
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