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28
Feb

What Are Heirloom Portraits and How Can you Create Them for Your Family?

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When it comes to preserving family history, where do you start? If you’re asking yourself this question as you stare at boxes of old family photos, stacks of love letters and piles of dusty documents, you’re not alone! The idea of recording your family history can be a bit overwhelming, even if you’re an experienced […]

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25
Feb

Simple Steps to Organizing, Saving and Displaying Your Family Photos

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A photograph is a priceless memento that acts like your own personal time machine, transporting you back to a moment in your life that you may have trouble recalling when you’re older. Vintage family photos taken before you were born do even more: they allow you to get up close and personal with relatives you […]

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25
Feb

My Mom and Me, A Beautiful Portrait of a Single Mom and Her Daughter

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My mom was a single mom and I am her only child, so it was pretty much me and her and a bunch of her friends hanging out a lot when I was a kid. Like at this festival…she always said I was very portable. I was her little person! This is one of my […]

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24
Feb

When it Comes to Family Legacy, Sometimes Photos don’t Tell the Whole Story.

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Tears rolled down my cheeks as I realized I couldn’t remember… You may recall my previous post here on Save Family Photos where I described my dismay when realizing I couldn’t remember my grandmother’s voice when my daughter asked about her. That sadness and regret haunted me for a few weeks; then it made me determined to ensure […]

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22
Feb

More than a Photo Album: Sharing the World War II Legacies of Kelvin and Melvin Christopher

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At genealogy conference a few years ago, I heard many participants express dismay that their family members’ eyes glaze over when they talk about their family history research. One highly-respected professional lamented that given her adult childrens’ views of family history and genealogy, decades of her work might go to the recycling bin after she’s […]

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22
Feb

The Power of Family Photos: a case study in “remembering to remember.”

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In my first conversation with Rachel, co-founder of Save Family Photos, she told me, “I truly believe photos are memory triggers; they help us remember to remember.” Though she’s probably said it a thousand times, it struck me deeply. I recently started a personal history business, in which I interview people about their lives and then […]

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22
Feb

How Saving Family Photos Helped Three Generations of Photographers Preserve a Remarkable Legacy

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He reaches up and gently pulls a tuft of his hair to show me how easily it falls out. It’s grey now, his hair. It wasn’t last April, when we met at that little café for my 20th birthday. I sat across from him, secretly angry he was ruining the first day of my twenties […]

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21
Feb

Vintage Memories of Rural Childhood Adventures in the Pacific Northwest

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My old man grew up in a small Southern Oregon town named Central Point, a fairly conservative and rural place back in the late 1960s. It’s still mostly that way, however there’s a Sonic Drive-In right about where this picture was taken. The Robert Redford type character on the back holding the 22-ouncer is our […]

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20
Feb

What I Discovered When I Was Given My Grandpa’s Camera and Film

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I was recently given an old box full of some of my grandpa’s photo equipment. In that box were two rolls of film. I scanned them and discovered some beautiful gems I had never seen before of my grandparent’s lives during the 1950s. It might be my favorite photo of my grandmother. ~shared by @kimsabbatino […]

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18
Feb

My Matriarchs Pictured in a Vintage Family Portrait from Mid-Century Mexico

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I could look at this photo all day, every day. Taken in Jalisco, Mexico in the early 1950s, this photo shows my mom Maria (the girl in the dark dress) with her mother and sisters. They lived in a little pueblo called Villa Guerrero in the state of Jalisco in Mexico. My grandmother was called […]

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