My Mum - A Trip Down Memory Lane & Old Photos

My Memory Lane
My Memory Lane | Source

Memory Lane

I’ve just spent a wonderful afternoon with my Mum looking at old photos.

She has shown me photos I’ve never seen before and I’ve learnt a lot about my family, some I knew and some I’d never met. I didn’t realise how little I knew about them.

What prompted this trip down memory lane? My quest for research and information for my latest hub! I seem to be on a non-stop mission these days collating ‘my bits’ in readiness to put pen to paper! I had no idea when I joined hubpages just how rewarding and satisfying this would turn out to be!

The perfect example of this, was my afternoon reminiscing with Mum, I didn’t realise how little I knew about my grandparents, but more surprising was the fun hearing about little ‘tit-bits’ from Mum.

Original Photo Booth Photo
Original Photo Booth Photo | Source

Photo Booth Photos

I asked Mum a few weeks back if she’d any old photo booth photos that I could use in a hub I was writing.

It took a while, but Mum eventually said she’d found some - so I popped round to pick them up.

What a fabulous photo, it was just what I was looking for, it totally epitomized the ‘fun’ of instant photography in the 1960-70’s!

Mum obviously hadn’t seen the photo for years, so was a great ‘find’ for her too!

She’d found it amongst the hundreds of old photos that were tucked away in the attic.

Restored Photo Booth Photo
Restored Photo Booth Photo | Source

The Memories

The photo is my Mum and her Sister (my Auntie) on a day trip to the seaside, Mum said it felt like it was taken just ‘yesterday’ (it was in fact about 50 years ago).

She said they’d bought the toffee apples especially, because they thought it would be fun biting into the apples as the photos were taken. She could even remember the jacket she was wearing it was yellow and she’d knitted it herself!

There was of course, the traditional strip of 4, they were cut in half and had two each!

I scanned and restored the photo and gave Mum and my Auntie a new 7x5 inch framed copy!

Original Great-Grandad Photo
Original Great-Grandad Photo | Source

Discovering My Great-Grandad

Hunting through the photos Mum found some real treasures, including this one of my Great-Grandad who I’d never met.

This photo was taken in about 1930 and is my Grandad holding my Dad with my Great-Grandad.

He was apparently a ‘Cobbler’ by trade and not only repaired shoes, he made them. I had no idea about this and found all Mum was telling me fascinating.

She then actually produced a small childs shoe that Great Grandad had made over 80 years ago! I took some photos of it, I thought it was beautiful, the stitching and everything about it looks so perfect.

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Restored Great-Grandad Photo
Restored Great-Grandad Photo | Source

There was a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction in scanning and restoring this photo.

I can definitely recommend encouraging your parents or grandparents to take a trip down memory lane, do it with a box of old photos, you may be surprised what you find out!

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chuckandus6 5 years ago from The Country-Side

Pictures are wonderful I have alot of pictures of my children and family,my mom is in heaven and I miss her everyday It is a comfort having these great memories in pictures.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi chuckandus6,I agree, photos are so precious and hold so many wonderful memories that you can treasure always. Thank you for dropping by and your comments.


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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

What a fabulous hub. I love the pictures of your Mom and Auntie. They were all smiles so you knew they were having fun. I also liked how you learned more about your relatives. Your Great Grandad being a cobbler and making shoes thats amazing. This was well written and such a pleasure to read.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mrs J. B. Thank you for your very kind comments, I really enjoyed and got quite emotional writing this hub and finding out more about my family.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Great, great hub! Your Mum and Auntie looked like they were having a good time. Excellent restoration of some beautiful photos!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dexter, I so enjoyed talking about old times with my Mum and I got a lot of pleasure from restoring the photos. Take care and thanks for your comments.


mathair 5 years ago

Loving your memory lane. It reminds me so much of the place I grew up in. Beautiful photographs!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi mathair, thanks for your comments, nice to hear the photos reminded you of some memories.


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing your article and photos. Nice memory lane.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mimi, thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..what lovely memories you have shared here with your lucky readers ...you know, my mum was my best friend and we shared a secret garden together before she passed away back in 2004 - better to have loved than not to have loved at all ....... and I certainly love your hubs and appreciation of nature, family and all things beautiful!!!!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Epigramman, Now that is special - sharing a secret garden with your Mum. A love and a memory is yours forever.

Yes, I love nature,I love my family, and I love sharing, thanks for your lovely words.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

This is a great story MM! It's so cool to see those old photos and those shoes, wow! You know more about your family history and the photos add that much more.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fossillady, I loved finding out more about my family and I'd never seen the shoe before, it was quality time with my Mum! thank you so much for dropping by.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Movie Master,

Quality time spent with a quality lady makes for a quality Hub! Thank you for a charming read and wonderful photos-- this is absolutely what life is all about!

Voted UP & UAB-- have a good evening, mar!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi marcoujor, it's nice to see you here, thanks for visiting and your lovely comments.


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Voted up ,awesome and beautiful! Myself and my mother have done this many times , remeniscing of past joyous occasions , and some not so much . i think it builds our bond together stronger . this is a wonderful hub , thank you for sharing :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi jami, I really enjoyed this 'quality' time with my Mum and listening to her talking about her memories, thank you for your lovely comments and voting up.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I spent many hours with my dear mother when she was alive doing the same thing. Thankfully working together we got most of the old photos put into photo albums and labeled. Learn as much from your "Mum" while you can and treasure the time spent together. It is really special! Wonderful hub...voted up.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy W, Mum and I are gradually working through her massive collection of photos and getting them labelled and I am really enjoying talking about old times with her, I'm glad you were able to do this with your Mum, because it is 'special' thank you for visiting and voting up, have a great day!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Wow! This was so cool. I came here through your daughter's Hubber to Hubber featured interview in today's Hub Pages Weekly. In the interview, "Cloverleaf" mentioned that this was her favorite hub and that she, too, had learned a lot about the family's history while reading it.

The photos are so cool and I particularly love the detailed work on the child's shoe that your Great Grandad had done over 80 years ago!

Thanks so much for sharing this.

Voted up across the board (included funny because this is such a delightful read and the photo booth strip was done to be intentionally cute and fun).


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Happyboomernurse, I thoroughly enjoyed writing this hub, I learnt so much about our family history from talking to my Mum and looking at old photos and can pass this on now to my children.

I was quite overwhelmed by Cloverleaf's reaction when she first read it and realised just how important it is to pass on our family history.

Thank you so much for visiting, your comments and votes. Best wishes MM


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Oh MM, such great times and memories for you and your mum. That picture of yours looks very good now since the retouch. 1930, so his dad would have been dorn 1870s, or near perhaps. Just saying, that is a lot of history and a very great story. I really enjoyed this. Voted up, awe, beaut.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, this was a wonderful afternoon of memories and family history, I didn't know anything about my Great Grandad and now I have something to pass on to my children!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it. Take care and best wishes MM


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi TLW, this was a wonderful afternoon of memories and family history, I didn't know anything about my Great Grandad and now I have something to pass on to my children!

Many thanks for your comments and votes, glad you enjoyed it. Take care and best wishes MM


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a wonderful hub sharing your lovely memories. I loved looking at your beautiful mum and auntie goofing around in the pictures. They seem to have a good time together.

Lesley, thank you for a enjoyable read and wonderful photos. Voted up, beautiful and sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi SanneL, I love that old photo booth picture of my mum and auntie - they were a couple of babes!!!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading, your comments, votes and share is much appreciated.

Have a wonderful day and see you soon.

Best wishes Lesley


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Virginia Allain 23 months ago from Central Florida

I love old family photos. I've inherited our family collection of pictures, genealogy and writings. Lots to do to make these accessible for the family.


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Movie Master 23 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Virginia, have lovely to have possession of all those wonderful family memories and stories!

Thank you for reading, best wishes Lesley

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