Photo Albums: A Lost Art

February 17, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I can still remember visiting my grandparents when I was a child. Inside their family room cabinets were stacks upon stacks of those old-time photo albums of everything from photos to old cards. If you have any age on you at all, I'm sure you remember these albums. They had sticky pages to place your photos on and then see-through sleeves that went over each page. They were great if you liked random photos falling out anytime you looked at the albums. The sticky never seemed to stay sticky.

Photo albums have come a long way since those in the 1970s though I think I've seen the albums I've described above recently. I am probably one of the few people who still print photos on a regular basis. Are you?

I've tried to keep my photos stored on an external hard drive (yes, I am doing that now), but I need to see them. I need to get the package, open it and savor each one of them - and on a monthly basis. What is the price for this you may ask? About 17 200-photo albums with presectioned sleeves and that's just over the last seven years. I didn't number the pre-children albums. Though they also exist.

So why the need for prints? When one of my children asks "what did I look like when I was a baby," all I have to do is get out album No. 1. I do it for myself as well. At heart, I'm still the child who'd ask Grandma if I could sit on the floor and "look at the photos." There's also the freezing of time issue. If you've ever thought to yourself "if only I could freeze this moment in time," here's your chance. I love enlarging my favorite photos and then hanging them, though I have to admit it's a sizable task. Still, it's so worth it when they're up on the wall.


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