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31
Oct

Saving my Grandparent’s Wedding Photo and Discovering the Beauty of their Love Story

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My Grammie and Grandaddy on their wedding day 1954. Don’t they look like a glamorous Hollywood couple? . I spent a couple hours over several days at my Grammie’s home, taking pictures of old family photos. . She shared so many memories with me and I was able to get over 2,000 pictures saved to […]

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24
Oct

Flashback to Sunny Days and Family Memories Made in Hawaii

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My parents took turns taking a picture with their four daughters on Lanikai beach Hawaii in 1968. I’m daughter ! . Those same two wonderful parents still reside in beautiful Hawaii, 50+ years later! . These snapshots evoke special feelings of warmth, security and love. I have fond memories of beautiful days that seemed endless […]

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23
Oct

Expert Tips for Restoring Old or Damaged Family Photographs

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It’s heartbreaking when family photos are abandoned simply because they are dusty, damaged, or show signs of wear and tear. Yet many families face tough decisions when cleaning out their attics, or following the death of a love one. What do you do with the old, worn photos? The good news is: old photos can […]

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17
Oct

To Be a Fly On the Wall When My Grandparents Met for the First Time

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This my grandpa. Born in Ukraine, he eventually settled in New Jersey after WWII. . During the war, he fought in the Soviet Red Army against the Nazis. . The Nazis were bombing a train that my grandmother was on, and she was having difficulty helping her father evacuate. That’s when a handsome, mustachioed soldier […]

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14
Oct

When Old Photo Albums Come Out of the Closet, Fun Stories Start Emerging

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Mom and the great blue sea, circa 1960s. . I’ve heard many stories of her growing up on my great grandpa’s sailboat, but I’ve never seen a photo of it…until now. . Her commentary on this photo: “We were born with sea legs!” . Losing my great grandma has been hard, but it does mean […]

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12
Oct

Proof of the Prettiest Smile Ever, a Vintage School Photo of my Mom

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Proof of the prettiest smile ever. . This is a Marshall University sorority photo of my mother, Jane Costanzo, at the age of 19 in 1964. . My mother has had many accomplishments across her lifetime that I can recall. As a child, for example, being the diligent Girl Scout that she was, she practiced […]

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09
Oct

An Indian Patriarch on His Wedding Day in 1960

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16 June 1960, New Delhi, India. My handsome ‘nanaji’ (maternal grandfather) Amrik Singh Rana and his cousins on his wedding day. Nanaji, born during the British Raj in India, had a love for modernity. He always brought his daughters western outfits from his travels abroad and had the sweetest curiosity for his grandchildren’s new gadgets […]

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17
Sep

A Box of old Kodak Film Canisters Held a Treasure Trove of Family Photos

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WANT TO HEAR A CRAZY STORY??!! (Yes, one that warrants all caps and two question marks.) . While we were in Utah for my grandpa’s funeral this summer, I happened upon a box that had Kodak canisters inside. Etched onto the rolls of film were dates: 1955-1956. . I was so excited imagining what parts […]

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10
Sep

As a Child, I loved looking at old photo albums and asking about family stories

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For almost five years, I’ve had this photograph of my great-grandparents framed in all the places I’ve lived – at my parents’ house, in my first apartment, in the first apartment I lived with my boyfriend and now, in our home. . I see them there every day, grinning and smiling at me from my […]

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03
Sep

Discovering Undeveloped Family Film from the 1950s

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Chubby me, a few years ago. . This image is the result of discovering a perfectly intact medium format negative, which we found in a box full of other negatives, dating back as far as 1952. . My mom thought she had thrown them away, but luckily she remembered wrong. . Now we go through […]

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