The Value And Importance Of Keeping A Family Photograph Album

My Family Album For 2011

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The Importance Of A Family Photograph Album

In this age of digital photography it seems to me that people don't place too much importance on keeping a Family Photograph Album anymore. I think this is a big mistake. Our family is very dear to us. The years go by so fast, and we find ourselves thinking of past events in our lives. We have fond memories and some memories that bring sadness. I believe we should have something tangible that we can hold in our hands, feel, and remember those events.

Keeping an album requires some time and effort, but I believe it is well worth that investment.

It is for those reasons that I have kept a photograph album for the past 54 years. I have an album for each year beginning in 1958 when I met and began dating my future husband and the father of our four children. I must have known I would marry this man because I never kept any souvenirs of dates with other young men at the time. I just knew this man was the one I would spend my life with. I kept mementos of our dates: ticket stubs of shows, dances we attended, and restaurant menus.

Our Engagement Dinner Menu 1958

From my first photograph album
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Our Engagement Dinner Menu At Remond's Cafe


Remond’s Café, 1789 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga. Dated April 18, 1958:

Can you believe these prices? A New York Sirloin Strip Stead for $5.50!

½ Pheasant Sauté Aux Champignons 3.75

· Medallion of Veal Sauté Masala 2.75

· Roast Prime Rib of Beef Au Jus 3.50

· Broiled Stuffed Flounder 3.50

· Shish Kebab A La Torque with Rice 3.75

· Small Tenderloin Steak 3.50

· Boneless Stuffed Cornish Hen 3.75

· Roast Long Island Duck A L’orange 3.75

· Broiled Strip Sirloin (N.Y. Cut) 5.50

· Baked Oysters 3.50

· Broiled Florida Lobster in Butter Sauce 3.00

Dinners all came with Salad, choice of potato, Green Beans or Lima Beans, and Bread

Don't Get Too Fancy With The Cover Of Your Family Album

Creating a Family Album is not like scrapbooking. These books should be made to withstand years of handling, so they have to made "tough", not delicate.

Don't go crazy with the cover for your album. I made the mistake a couple of years of covering my albums with padded fancy covers with some lace and ribbon. They were very pretty to begin with, but after a short time, they became dusty and dirty. It's better to just leave the covers as they are.

Remember, you are creating a Family Album that should last for years. So keep that in mind. You want a cover that you can dust off with just a damp cloth.

I Have A Family Album For Each Year



I write the year of each album on each one. I have an album for each year since 1958. These are placed on a standing shelf. The shelf I started out with is full now, and I have to place the extra albums on another shelf. If we get hurricane warnings, and we have had some bad storms in the past, the albums are placed inside a plastic garbage bag and they are taken up stairs in case the lower floor is flooded. These albums must be protected at all costs. If my house should ever catch fire, I will try to get the family albums out first (after the people are out, of course).

The Filled Shelf With My Family Albums

This shelf is now completely filled.
This shelf is now completely filled. | Source

Another Shelf With My Family Albums

The year 2004 took two albums!  We had a lot happening in our family that year!
The year 2004 took two albums! We had a lot happening in our family that year! | Source


My albums are like a diary. When my family gets together at my house, they love to get an album down from the shelf and look through it. My four daughters will laugh while they compare their baby photos, their teen age years, and later in life as they are now. They like to look back at their hair and dress styles back then. When they were younger they loved to look back at their baby photos. The younger Grandchildren enjoy looking at the albums to see what their parents look like before they were born.

An Old Album

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My First Family Albums Were Paper Scrapbooks


I have changed the way I keep my albums over the years. In the fifties, I used a paper scrapbook. The photos were black and white because there was no color film then, and I used those photo corners that were made for that purpose. Over the years these scrapbooks have yellowed, and the corners have come unglued. One of my projects is to try and salvage those precious pages. Before I redo the albums, I will scan the photographs into my computer for safe keeping.

As years went by I used a 3 ring notebook with magnetic pages to hold the photos, and I would write directly on the page to label the photo: who it was, the occasion, etc. I found out after several years the magnetic pages turned yellow, and the writing smeared on the page even though I used permanent marker on the page.

The Album I Now Use

Photos can be inserted and removed easily
Photos can be inserted and removed easily | Source

Acid Free Magnetic Sheeets and Acid Free Sleeve Protectors

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I Now Use A Three Ring Album


About eight years ago, I found some Albums that are three ringed. Each album has a printed table of contents in the front so you can easily find whatever you are searching for. They have pages that allow you to slip the photos inside the page. Each page holds six photos front and back. The photos can be as large as 4X6 inches. The pages are acid free which is important. I write directly on the photograph using a fine point permanent marker. I keep a lot of papers like report cards my children got over the years. These are usually 8X10 inches. Those I place in an acid free three hole sheet protector. I think that is a good idea because when I die, my children can just remove the photos of their family that they would like to keep.

I take photos of each and every family occasion. I load them on my computer, then I order prints from those. I have tried printing my photos, but it takes a lot of ink and they never are as good as when I order the prints to be made.

The Album I Now Use

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I Write The Year On Each Album

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The Year 2011 Is Completed

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The Mailbox Outside Our First Home 1959

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My Mother Holding Our First Baby

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Our First Baby Born In 1959

All you younger Moms note the cloth diapers we used back then.  They had to be washed, dried and folded!
All you younger Moms note the cloth diapers we used back then. They had to be washed, dried and folded! | Source

My Granddaughter's Graduation From College

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The Birth Of My First Great Granddaughter

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My Albums Are A History Of Our Family


My family album is a history of our family. We have a history In these albums where the records are there for all the joys and sorrows of our family; the vacations, the births, the marriages, and the deaths. If someone asks, “What year did we go to the trip out West?”, or “What year did we go to Costa Rica?”, or “When did we make that trip to Puerto Rico?”, we can find those photos quickly.

I will admit sometimes I get busy and get behind in my Albums. Ideally as soon as I receive the prints, I go directly to the album and place those photos inside. I try very hard not to get behind in my job of keeping thefamily album.

These albums are a very important part of my family’s heritage. I like to think that when I’m dead, my family will appreciate the time and effort I put into creating our family albums.

My hope is that all these Family Albums will be kept in my family for every member of my family to read and enjoy. I also hope someone in our family will carry on the tradition of keeping a Family Album.

If you have not started a Family Album to hold all the memories of your family, I'd suggest you work on one before all the children are grown and have children of their own. You will be glad you did this for your family, and they will be happy you did, too!

One last thought: Be sure and write the name of the person (or persons) in the photo, date it, and record the event on the back of the photo with a permanent fine point Sharpie. You think you will always remember who the people are in the photo, but I know for a fact, you won't remember.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I'm with you Mary. Don't know if its our age but I have an album for every year as well. I can't count the hours we've spent pulling out the albums and oohing, ahhing, and laughing! No family should be without a pictorial history of their lives. Loved this.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

My husband has a lot of albums and we keep it all in one big box and from time to time we clean it or dust it. While cleaning we enjoy looking at each one of them and remember the good old days. It is nice to flip the pages, unlike in the computer you just click or do slide show. Thanks for this very useful and interesting hub.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am the keeper of our family photos....and I love going through the albums and thinking back....and some day I'll hand them off to my son....it is a legacy that is so important.

Great hub and message!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, tillsontitan! You're the kind of Mom I like...I think it's so important to keep a family album. Your family will thank you many times over.

Thanks for reading and the votes. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi ignuent. Thanks for reading about my family album. Having photos on the computer is nice, but there is nothing like hold a book and looking at all the photos.

Thans for the compliment on my Hub, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, billybuc. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my family album. I'm glad you are making these for your family. It does take time and effort, but it is well worth it, I think. I don't know who will be the "keeper of the albums" after I'm gone, they will have to decide. You're lucky you have a son to carry on your legacy.

Hope you have a great Monday, Mary


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Mary, you just reminded me that I have boxes of photos that need to be put into albums. :) I used to be on top of it, but I'm afraid trying to keep up with my little guy keeps be fairly busy. Beautiful hub and filled with lots of good tips. VUM. :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Mary, although we have gone digital I still like to keep photo albums - like you I have lots! The grandchildren especially love to look at them when they come, they each have their own!

Looking at old photo albums, is so special, they are an important legacy and hold so many memories.

Thank you for sharing, voting up.


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wonderwriter11 4 years ago from New Jersey

I'm 21 years old and I appreciate the value of a family album nothing tells a story better than a picture. I especially cherish older photos and older things in general. Thanks for posting these thoughts!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Toombso8, I know how that is...having little ones takes precedence over other chores we have. One of these days, you will get those photos out and make a family album, I'll bet.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Lesley, thanks so much for reading about my family album. I'm happy you have family albums. My grandchildren get such a kick out of dragging out our books and looking through them.

I wish I had your knowledge of taking photos and videos!

Thanks for the vote...I appreciate that so much, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi wonderwriter. It's so nice to see a young person like yourself who appreciates the value of older photographs and other things. It just concerns me that digital photographs have replaced photos for a family album. If more people were like you, that wouldn't happen.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Oh yes, we have so many albums and they are ridiculously heavy.

I see your shelves trying to sag with the weight on them.

Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

I love this idea and with digital age you are right this is a dying art form. My grandmother was such a strong believer in taking photos and keeping photos albums and now that she is gone we have all of her albums still to keep forever and pass on. That said I have so many photos from my husband and kids and should really start to put them together in albums. Thank you for the lovely idea and also loved all the photos you shared from your family too. Have voted up and shared too.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I am so glad that my mother and I worked on assembling the old family photos into albums many years ago. They are a treasure! I have made photo albums of our many vacation trips and while I do not have an album for each and every year...I have LOADS of them. For anyone with children, I think that what you have done is very special...keeping the report cards, menus, etc. along with the photos. It is a living history that can be held, perused and valued for years to come. Up votes and sharing.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Well written, useful Hub. In addition, we should keep all our photos in a CD, as well as online albums.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Joyce. You are SO right! My shelves are beginning to sag from all the weight! I really need to have some more built. I never expected to live this long to keep on making these albums, ha, ha.

I love them, though, and wouldn't take a million dollars for all of them.

Thanks for reading, and for the votes, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Janine, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment on my family albums. You are so fortunate to have your Grandmother's albums to look at and enjoy. She placed a lot of importance on family. Yes, you really should put all your photos in albums; it's a lot of work, but it is really worth it. I hope I have inspired you to make an album.

Thanks so much for the vote and the share! Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello, Peggy W I'll bet you do have lots of albums of all the vacation trips you have taken! I know you are happy you have all those photographs now to relieve those wonderful trips you took with your Mother and Hubby. I even have an album of just Costa Rica and Puerto Rico! I really must get a scanner.

Thanks for the vote and the share, I do appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

jainismus, you are SO right. I've never done a CD of my photos, but I should consider that. I could use my memory stick, I guess. Instead of making prints from that, I could put them on CDs, right? You just gave me a good idea, thanks!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Family albums with photos and mementos are a wonderful idea, mary. Thanks for reminding us. I have albums of most of the lengthy trips I have taken with my family but I am running out of space on the shelves where they are kept.


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point2make 4 years ago

The family historian is always an interesting and important undertaking. Many people have hundreds and even thousands of photos in albums, drawers or boxes. For future generations we need to make sure we identify who is in the picture. Recording on the back of the photo a name and any other pertinent information will make things much easier for our grandchildren and their grand children. I loved your hub mary...well done voted up!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

You are right on when you say that Photo Albums are a dying art! My parents used to do this but have not done it in a while! It is sio impressive how many albums you have collected over the years! Awesome hub and message Mary


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi mary, your albums are wonderful, and such a great idea. I do have some photo albums, some are from the early 20th century and show all my older relatives who I never knew. I do wish they had put their names and dates on them as it sometimes gets confusing about who is who and what is what. I haven't really taken proper photos for years, so now I am going too, I should never have stopped, thanks for the idea, and it was lovely seeing your wonderful photos, nell


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Mary, this was such a Fun Hub to read and look at your pictures...Ah Memories can only be captured forever this way, to hand down to the next Generation.

Over last weekend, I was going through ALL the pictures, PILES of them, tucked away in a Draw with promise to make Albums...I even kept "Thank You Notes" from the family, and reading them again brings back sweet memories of that event. I too, like the idea of CD's for Photos, and may look into it. My Votes UP and Interesting as well as Useful!


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I still treasure my old photos in photo albums, but I print out very few today. I realized now I spend more time on my computer than looking through old albums, so I am planning in the near future to scan my photos and add these to my blog and website. The photos of family and friends I will share online, but not post to my website. I just would like a quicker way to access all my old photos than searching through my various albums, but they are still fun to look at. I am impressed with how well you have kept yours.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

I, too, am the keeper of the family albums. However, I am afraid my children are just so used to the new technology, and we never really get to go back and look at the photos they have taken, so I ask my daughter to copy all of her photos to a disc and then I will go and get it printed and place the photos in an album. Your album collection is so extensive. I am trying to catch up, as I have a lot in photo boxes. Great hub, and the history of the family is oh so important to pass down. I just love looking through an older one, and it just brings back so many memories that you haven't thought of in a while, and it if it weren't for the album, may not ever have thought of it again. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi drbj, that is so nice that you have albums of trips you have taken. You will enjoy looking at those for a long time to come. I am running out of space, too!

Thanks for reading and commenting., Mary


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

Awesome hub and very important message! My parents used to do this in the past but have stopped doing it. It is awesome to see someone that is faithfully doing them. It is an excellent way to relive the past. I am impressed by how many albums you have! WOW!

Have a great rest of your day Mary! Thanks for sharing!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi point2make, You are so right. We should make note of who the person is on our photos. I know myself when I look back I couldn't tell which baby is which if they weren't labelled.

I'm so happy you liked my hub on family albums.

Thanks for the vote, too, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, josh3418. Thanks for the nice comment you made on my Hub about family albums and how important I think they are. If your parents don't have the time any more to keep your albums, maybe you could take over that job for them.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Mary,

You are welcome, I might just do that for them! :) Oh and I forgot to mention that the prices on your wedding menu shocked me!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Well, I thought I had just written a comment, but I will retype another one. I, too, am the keeper of our family albums. However, I am afraid that my children are so used to the new technology, the will not be too great at it. I have to get my daughter to copy all her photos to a CD for me to get printed and then I will place them in an album. They have taken all these photos that no one really gets to see in the future. Keeping a family album is very importatnt part of family history for sure. I love looking back and remembering. Your album collection is very extensive. I have to catch up, as I do have a lot in photo boxes. Great Hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Nell Rose, how nice that you have all those old photos. I have very few of my parents and their parents. I wish I had more to go in my family albums. I hope I have inspired to start taking photos again and keeping them in albums.

Thanks for reading, and I'm so glad you enjoyed looking at my photos in my family album, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi b Malin, I'm so happy you enjoyed reading my Hub about family albums. Yes, you're right, it is fun to look at old photos and momentoes. Sounds like you have your job cut out for you to make a nice family album. I have kept "thank yous", too. I can't part with any of them. I like the idea of making CDs, too.

Thanks so much for the vote, I appreciate that. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sweetie Pie, I like looking at my photos on the computer, too, but they just can't be enjoyed by the whole family at once. Since I keep report cards, thank yous, and all that I couldn't get those on the computer. I have to get a scanner so I can put all my old photos into the computer.

Thanks so much for your nice compliment on my Hub about my family albums. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Faith, so nice to see you today! As "keeper of the albums" we have a very serious job, don't we? That would be great if your daughter puts her photos on a CD, then you could print them out for your family album.

Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about my family albums. I'm glad you agree that it is important to keep these for our family's history. Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi again, Josh. That would be so good of you to take on the job of keeping the family album.

Yes, when I see the prices on that menu from 1958, it just blows my mind! That was a very fancy restaurant in Atlanta, too!

Goodnight, Mary


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iefox5 4 years ago

A family photograph album would be a great memory for all family members.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Arlene was good at this, They are hard to frame in words. I have 37 years of memories


noel autor 4 years ago

It's a good advise to people nowadays to preserve their most cherished memories of the life through printed photos. It's unfortunate that most people don't feel the need to do so because of the digital technology. However, the precious files in our computers are sometimes damaged or corrupted and our digital pictures go with them. And the recorded memories are lost forever.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I agree with you, Mary - keeping a photo album is so important. It's wonderful to look back at the past and remember people, places and events, and it's lovely to look at family photos that show relatives that died before I was born or when I was a very young child. I store my photos digitally as well, but I still keep a photo album.


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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Your family is so lucky to have you to keep this photographic record. I'm afraid my own album making has been rather sporadic. Weren't those old albums with the sticky pages awful? I can't tell you how many pictures were virtually ruined by those, and back then there was no digital back-up. Great hub, voted up and shared!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Wonderful memories and great writing along with the priceless pics, Paper Scrapbooks were in vogue back then. Your article or hub is filled with so much love. Seems like you took your time from start to end. This was a wake up calling for the new generations that upload everything to FaceBook or Social Media like instagram. Thanks for sharing Mary!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, iefox5, Thanks for reading about my family album. Yes, I agree. These albums make for good family memories., Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Mhatter99. Wow! 37 years of memories. Those would be worth saving, I think.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my Famly Albums.

Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, noel autor, You are so right about the possibility of your computer crashing, etc. and all of your photos would be gone. I try and get mine off the computer right away, print them, and then I know they are safe to put in the family album. To lose all your of photos would be a disaster!

Have a great day, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Alicia. I'm glad you keep a family album that you can look at and enjoy. I just think it's so much fun to look back at all that stuff; like the menu from the restaurant and those prices from 1958. I wish I had more photos of my relatives who are now dead and gone in my family album.

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Sherry, it's so nice to see you today! Yes, I was shocked to see what those sticky pages did to my photos in my family album! I like my present way of placing the photos in the album.

Thank you so much for the votes and the share, I do appreciate that.

Hope you have a great day! Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Lord, Yes remember when we all kept a paper scrapbook of high school days and all those parties we went to? Unfortunately, the paper wears out. I need to redo my old scrapbooks, I just haven't figured out how to do that without ruining the stuff I glued onto the paper. I'll figure it out!

You are so right: people load their photos on FaceBook and other places without any regard to family albums. Their photos will be lost in cyberspace, right?

It's always good to see you, Lord!


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courtyB3 4 years ago from New Jersey

I agree that this is important but I don't necessarily think it has to be a hands on album. I have made quite a few books and my family seems much less interested in them since everything has become so digitalized.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Mary, I am a minimalist and keep very little. I make an exception with photograph albums though. I believe they are a vital legacy. Yours are so great and are a perfect example of how they bring back or share memories.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, courtyB3, Your family may not seem to care about the albums you have made now, but I'll bet they will in the future. My family never gets tired of looking at all of my family albums.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, courtyB3. I responded to your comment, but it just disappeared! Thanks for reading and commenting on my family album Hub. Your family will appreciate you taking the time to make a family album later on, I'll bet.

Goodnight, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hello Hyphenbird, so nice to see you! I glad you agree that keep a family album is important. My family just love looking at the albums. They never tire of looking at them. Just today one of my daughters was looking at that old menu and laughing in disbelief.

Goodnight, Mary


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

We try to keep up with our photos all the time. My mother does 50 albums a year. No lie. She is picture crazy. Most of them are of her grandkids. This was a great article Mary. A family album is very valuable. Loved the menu Mary! Wow, how times have changed. Great job, voting this up and useful.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, theLyricwriter. Good to see you! Wow! 50 albums a year! I hope your Mother has lots of shelves....I'm running out of space for mine. I enjoy reading that menu, too. Wonder what a steak will cost in another 40 years???

Does your Mom keep photos of all your beautiful tattoo photos?

Thanks for the votes!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

You make good arguments Mary for keeping albums and putting together family photos. I have a few but no recent ones. The albums could be a new project :) I vote up and sharing too.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I have several of these albums and I do look through them periodically. It is so important to keep the family pictures from the past so that you can see how much people have changed for the good.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Such a nice hub. Loved looking at your pictures. Years ago I made each of our kids and my oldest granddaughter an album with all the family pictures in them. I took old pictures of grandparents and had reprints made so each one had a picture of some relatives they never got to know and they all got their own baby pictures. I also have a scrapbook for all bits and pieces we have picked up through our life.

Voted up and more on your hub.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, ChristieWrites, Thanks for reading and commenting on my Family Albums. I really enjoy putting these albums together, and my family enjoys looking at them.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share. I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi teaches12345, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Family Albums. You are such a creative person, I'm sure your albums are wonderful. We all enjoy our "memory books".

Good to see you, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi moonlake. So nice to see you! You have done a wonderful thing to make copies of family photos for your children and granddaughter. I'm sure they appreciate your doing that. I do have my old scrapbooks that are falling apart. The paper just crumbles now. That's going to be my next project. Thanks so much for the vote!

Goodnight, Mary


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Such a nice hub, i have all my memories, including my honeymoon, birthdays, parties, children events etc. and believe it works as a tonic, when ever i want to relieve, awesome hub, thanks


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi girishpuri, thanks so much for reading about my family album, and for the nice compliment. You are so right; when I look through our family albums it is good as a tonic. I never thought of it that way, but you are absolutly correct.

Goodnight, Mary


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

I am a keen creator of family albums of all kinds - For pictures, reports, certificates and all achievements. Thank you for reminding me that it is high time for me to update them all.

Voted up, awesome and inspiring :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi MartieCoetser, I'm happy you agree on the importance of keeping family albums. Sounds like you keep everything: just like I do. I keep report cards, thank you, Christmas cards, etc.etc. They are all precious to me.

It is hard to keep the album updated, but it's well worth it.

Thanks for the votes, I appreciate that. Mary


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

We have the majority of our family pictures on the computer. You just inspired me to make an album. I think an album is easier to view and will be a fun hobby!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, healthylife2. Most people now have their photos on the computer or just out there in cyberspace. If your computer crashes, what will happen to all of your photos? I do hope I have inspired you to make a family album. That way you will always have your photos, and it is a fun hobby.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

This is a great hub and I agree that having physical albums to hold and share has benefits that just viewing digital versions doesn't. I also love the fact that you are retaining digital photos in addition to the albums.

I have many family photo albums of the kind you mentioned here (although I never got organized enough to keep them on a yearly basis) and more recent albums are the 3 ring binders that you suggested.

Am voting this hub up across the board and sharing it.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

Great hub:) Absolutely agree with you.My parents have kept loads of such albums.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, mmsu. Thanks for reading and commenting on my family albums. I'm sure you appreciate all the time and effort your parent have put into making all these albums. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Gail, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my family albums. I'm glad you make albums. Even though it does take time and effort, they are well worth it, I think.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, I appreciate that, Mary


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mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

Definitely!!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

My parents have photograph albums, which they have treasured like a coveted prize. Looking at the pictures in their albums gives me vicarious thrill.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Vinaya Ghimire, I'm happy your parents have kept a family album. I do treasure mine like gold!

Thanks for reading my Hub, Mary


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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

I agree Mary. We absolutely love family photographs and we make album every so often. We have great fun looking at them together after a while. Voted up!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi pringoooals, thanks for reading about my family abums. I agree: they are so much fun to look at them with the family.

Thanks for the vote, too . Mary


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Wow....wonderful pieces of history, Mary!! I am amazed at the prices!! They would've been really great during those days. You're really amazing for having done this and it also shows that you care so much about the people around you!! I know what you mean by the need to keep an album because I lost my convocation photos to overexposure of negatives when I graduated and was really upset over that. It's a loss of a valuable memento. Learned my lesson though, to be more conscious of such things and your hub is a wonderful reminder. Thanks so much, my dear!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, midget38! Yes, aren't those prices in the old menu amazing? I do think it's important to keep a family album or some way to preserve photos. I'm shopping now for a photo scanner so I can scan my old photos into the computer.

Too bad you lost your convocation photos: can never be replaced, I know.

Thanks for readning and commenting, Mary


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

i really love to keep photo albums..but then we used to be NPA. (no permanent address..) hehe all my collections were ruined and lost.. great hub!love it


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi unknown spy. So nice to see you today! Oh, my, what a terrrible thing to happen to have lost your photos. I would just die if anything every happened to my albums.

I'm so glad you liked my Hub on my family albums, Mary


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mary, excellent hub. You have convinced me that I need to continue with a job I started (but did not finish) a year ago. It seems so daunting when I see how many photos we have but I am now determined to complete the task. These are important memories and I am neglecting them.


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RolyRetro 4 years ago from Brentwood, Essex, UK

It's so difficult to maintain an album when so many of our pictures are now digital and stored online. I have recently become a convert to the online photo services that allow you to create and print a unique album of your favourite shots, which are then turned into a printed book.

We are now going back through our electronic pictures and capturing special events in printed form.

Roly


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

There is nothing more valuable in any house (other than other life) than photos and albums. I've only recently started putting one together, and it takes some dedication to keep adding to them as it's so easy these days to keep everything electronically on the computer or cellphones. But, I'm going to keep at it and use some of your wonderful tips.

Thanks for sharing your photo album advice! Voted up - interesting - useful - awesome!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

What a treasure trove you have there with your annual photo albums! I am so impressed. Thanks for letting us take a peek at them. I too have kept photo albums, but when I was trying to move them from the magnetic pages, I wanted to scan them first and then I got digital photos. I have printed many of the digital photos and have finished most of the scanning, and now have them in photo boxes. Well done with treasuring the photographs and with providing us this hub to remind us to put our photos in books.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Jools99. I do hope I have inspired you to finish putting together your family album. I think this is so important to do. They are precious memories!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi RolyRetro, thank you so much for reading about my family albums. I like that program you are sharing. I'm not familiar with that. Picassa has a feature that allows you to put photos on their website, but I still like a tangible album that can be look at and shared. Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, MelChi. I find I can keep up with my album if I just order prints as I load the photos on the computer. That way I don't get behind. Then as soon as I get the photos, I put them in the album.

Thanks for reading and for the votes, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Millionaire Tips. My next expense if going to be to buy a photo scanner. I sure could have used one to do this Hub. I wouldn't have had to take a photo of the photos in the old albums.

Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very impressive collection of photo albums...I can only imagine all the memories in that book case. Sadly I did not do a very good job of taking many photos of my oldest children....but we are making up for it with our younger ones we have currently.

Looking at your hub...I kept thinking of the many albums that are in a closet at my mom's house......and it makes me want to drive over there and check those photos out.

Voted up and awesome.....shared and tweeted. Job well done.


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Luna B. 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

This is a wonderful Hub and I agree that keeping a physical family album is very important. I hate depending solely on my computer to preserve my photos. Having a physical "backup" is essential if you want to pass photos on to future generations. Computers aren't reliable and programs you use to preserve photos digitally now may not be compatible with computer systems of the future. Plus, books are so much fun/easier to flip through! :) I really admire your vigilance at keeping up with your albums! You have a valuable collection. I really need to do the same with my scattered photos. Thanks so much for writing this. Voted up!

Side note: you mentioned cloth diapers in one of your photo descriptions and I thought it might interest you to know that they actually do still sell them! They make special clippy things to use instead of safety pins and they sometimes cross-market them as general mult-purpose burp cloths but . . . yup! Go to Target's baby section & you'll still see packages of good old-fashioned cloth diapers. ;)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Good Morning, Cogerson. Nice to see you today! Thanks for reading my Hub on family albums. We all love to look through them (and laugh)! I must admit I get a little behind sometimes, especially if there is a new event in the family like my Great granddaughter's birth last year, but I try.

Thanks so much for the share and the Tweet. I appreciate that, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Luna B. It's so nice to meet you! I'm happy you liked my Hub on the importance of keeping a family album. You mention keeping your photos on your computer. Oh dear, if it crashes, would you loose your photos? Have you considered a flash drive to store them on?

I hope I have inspired you to start keeping an album for your photos.

NO, I didn't know you could still buy cloth diapers! The always came in handy for lots of chores.

Hope to see you again, soon. Mary


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Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I love the way you meticulously chronicle your family history through photographs. What a priceless collection.

You are so right in your observation that during this digital age, many of us have stopped printing photos. And, the problem that my family has is "borrowing" a photo for a project or special event and not returning it to its original album. This makes it hard to locate that photo later on. I wish I had the stamina to do a table of contents and follow-up to make sure the photos are returned to their place.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Your Cousins. Thanks for the nice compliment on my Hub about Family Albums. I do think it is very important to keep these albums for the family to enjoy for years to come. I enjoyed reading your Hub on how you did an album for your Grandmother.

If someone in our family wants to "borrow" a photo from an album, I put a sticky note in that page to let me know where to return the photo. I really don't like my photos leaving my house, cause I'm afraid something will happen to it

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Mary


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tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

thank you so much for this hub...as i was reading it, i was thinking about all of the family pictures and little keepsakes that i have. unfortunately, they are all in a box in the basement! one of these years...lol...i will get that out and organize it and put them all into albums. what a project that will be...blessings!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi tiffany delite. I do hope maybe I have inspired you to get those photos and keepsakes out of the basement and into an album. It will be a project worthwhile.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

We have just taken all our photo's out of totally heavy albums and put them on the computer. Sorry but that's our choice.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Joyce. It's good you have preserved your photos on the computer. I stored some of mine that way, then my computer crashed. Now I put them over onto a memory stick so they can't be lost forever. My method now is to take the digital photos, load them onto the computer, then to the memory stick. I take the memory stick to Walgreens and have copies made for the albums. Sounds like a lot work, but it's worth it.

Thanks for the the vote, Mary


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Mary,

Wow! beautiful memories. I lately stumbled on a photo of me that was taken when i was 3 years old, i spent a full one hour looking at it and asking myself many questions, best of all, i did appreciate my parents for having kept the photo that long. Photos are dear and powerful and they do speak in a way we can never tell....hey i like that graduation photo, you and the pet...beautiful. Voted up and shared.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

I love looking back through our family albums from time to time. I'm not very good and making them myself, so for Christmas each year, that's what I put on my wishlist and I can usually count on someone in the family to make one for me. Very nice hub:)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, dwachira. Thanks for reading my Hub on family albums and how important they are. I'll bet you were so happy to have found that photo of you when you were 3 yrs. old. My family never tires of looking at our family photos.

Thanks for the votes and the share, Mary


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Kris Heeter. Your family is lucky to have someone take charge of making the family album. It is not an easy job, but it's one of those jobs that you are so glad someone cared enough to make the album.

Thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub, Mary


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shai77 4 years ago

Too true, too true. Photos are such precious memories, and once they're gone, that's it. They should be treasured, but sometimes all that scrapbooking rage can seem a bit fussy. Some people just want to keep their photo history. Great job on this hub, too! VU & useful.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, shai77. So nice "to meet" you today. Thanks for reading my Hub on the importance of keeping a family album, and I agree with you. These photos are precious memories, our albums are truly our family's history.

Thanks so much for reading and for the votes, Mary


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Trish89 4 years ago

Having an actual photo album is a necessity for me. I'm young and everybody is always shocked I have them, I guess they expect me to have electronic ones where you just insert your memory card out of your camera. NO WAY!! I love having it to pull out and look at and reminisce.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Trish89. I'm happy that you appreciate the importance of keeping family photos in an album. There is just nothing like opening an album, and all the wonderful memories just pour out, don't they?

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Mary


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, noel autor. I apologize for being so tardy in thanking you for your nice comment. It somehow got into my spam box and I just found it! Anyway, thank you, Mary


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Am sharing this one today because a recent contact has spurred a renewed interest in photography! Thanks for sharing!!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. My digital camera stopped working a few weeks ago and I had to send it back to Olympus for repair. I was lost without it for a couple of weeks. Family photographs are so important to me. I wish I were a better photographer!

Thank you so much for the share of my Hub, my friend. Mary


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Hi this is a great hub and such good advice. We takes lots of pictures of all the important family stuff and althought most is kept on digital backup I do put some in albums, I had never thought to do an album a year, that's a really good idea :) Thankyou I will be trying that for 2013.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Anna Haven. So nice to "meet " you! Thanks for reading about my family album. Yes, I have found that by making an annual album, it's easier to find a certain event we are looking for.

I'm happy you will try my idea for 2013. Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Pleased to meet you too Mary :)


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Coming in to say that this is a little, but truly important thing to do to preserve family culture. Thanks for sharing!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, midget38. Family is so important, I think. I am in the process of scanning hundreds of photos for my family to be able to keep copies of all these photos.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting and sharing, Mary


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Mary,

What a magnificent way to keep your family history going from one generation to the next. I know your family thinks you are wonderful, because I certainly do.

Thanks and I will work on mine some more.

Bobbi Purvi


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, Bobbi, I had one problem: when I had to downsize from my big house into a small apartment a year ago, I did not have the space for all my albums. One of my daughters took the albums and will keep them safe for our family, and I'm thrilled about that.

Yes, these albums are very important to me and my family,

My best, Mary


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These are things your family will cherish for years to come so much more than your jewelry or furniture. How organized and consistent you've been in keeping up with the family photos. Admirable and so worth it. That's a time consuming but delightful job. We've had such beautiful memories refreshed when going through our family's albums.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, PegCole I always told my children if the house should catch fire, get the family albums out and to a safe place. They could never be replaced! My grown children still like to look through the old albums and enjoy them.

Thanks for the visit and the comment. Mary


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

True, family photograph albums are my treasures too!

I have taken great care of these invaluable memories and sometimes we do have long sessions going through them.

Wonderful hub!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

When I downsized from my home of 25 years into a tiny apartment, I worried about my family albums, and where would they go. One of my four daughters had some space, and now they are safely in her home where my family can still see and enjoy them.

Thanks for the nice compliment, Mary


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Agree with everything you say here. The one thing I would add is that keeping digital copies on discs is also a good idea in addition to the albums. That is because you can keep those discs in different places so that if a fire or tornado would destroy your home and albums, you will still have your photos to make new albums. Unlikely a tornado or fire will destroy your home and anywhere else you are keeping your discs. There are also websites that will let you store your photos online, but I prefer the discs.

Voted up, AUI, pinned to Awesome HubPages, and will share.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Au fait. I like your suggestion about putting our photos onto a disc. I really should look into that. One of my daughters bought a scanner so I could scan my old photos onto my computer, but the thought of removing hundred of photos and scanning them is just overwhelming.

I do use Google to store the photos I have taken the past few years.

Thank you so much for your interest in my family albums, and I appreciate your votes and your shares. My best, Mary


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vandynegl 2 years ago from Ohio Valley

These are great ideas! I like that you write the dates on the sides of the albums! That is something that I need to do!

I also kept photos of my husband and I when we first started dating (and the concert tickets, etc.)

I now have about 4 albums filled since my children were born (oldest is 6). They look through them frequently because it is SO much more fun than trying to look on my camera!

I have entered the digital age with the use of a nice camera as well as the pictures on my cell phone; HOWEVER, nothing takes the place of an actual album! I will continue with physical pictures as long as I can. I want to teach my children the importance of memories.

Personally, I like to have backup pictures somewhere, such as digital storage or copies of favorites in a fireproof safe! I know too many people who lost their photos due to natural disasters or fires. It is a relief when there is a second place for them.

Thank you for sharing!!!


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, vandynegl I'm glad you keep family albums, too. My four girls are grown now, but they still love to look through the albums to see what has happened in our family's life. The especially like to look at their baby photos~

The only way I have saved my photos is on line at Google photos. I wish I had the time to scan the photos and save to a disc.

Oh, it would just kill me if my photo albums were destroyed.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Mary, I did enjoy reading about your picture albums. I had a brown leather album once, and allowed my mother to bring it here from Illinois and when she passed away. I never saw it again.

I have managed to retrieve some from other family members.

Voted up across the board and shared.

Shyron


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Shyron I am so happy you enjoyed reading about my family albums. I'm so glad my children value these albums as much as I do, and they will treasure them and keep them long after I'm dead and gone!

Thank you for the votes and the share, I appreciate that, Mary


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imtii 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

mary615 I agree with you every importance you gave. We all have grand parents. Some of us know about them didn't actually seen them. Through the pictures of a family album you can know many things like: how do they look, what did they like etc. I loved your hub. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope to see more of your writings. I am giving you a up vote.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

Hi, imtili So nice to see you here today! I'm glad you like the idea of keeping family albums. I wish I had more photos of my grandparents because I never got to know them.

Thanks so much for reading and for the nice comment and the vote, Mary


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colorfulone 2 years ago from Minnesota

It has been important to me to keep family photo albums over the years. I have boxes and boxes of them since I moved home to care for Mom, and nowhere to put except keep them in the boxes.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida Author

I was faced with the same dilemma when I downsized from my home f 35 years to a tiny apartment. Fortunately one of my four daughters has space in her home for the two large shelves of our family albums. I had looked into scanning the photos into my computer, but that job was just overwhelming. Just so long as the albums are safely kept: that's the main thing.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

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