P stands for Photography in the A-Z Challenge

Here are a few examples of preservation of photos of relatives:  these photos are in their original frames, on the wall or (currently on dresser waiting to be put back up after we painted the wall.  These photos show several generations of my family from my great-grandmother to my youngest grand-daughter.


Great-grandmother Ann (Rt) and her BFF, Mary. ~1859 they are 16.  Grandfather Arthur, Grandmother Lillian (about 18 yr) ~1900


granddaughter Gina , husband Bob, me and brother, Dad, Gram, and Gt.Gram Ann.  (top row is baby daughter, sister-in-law)


Professional or amateur, photographs perform a valuable service by preserving pictures of personalities and princesses, politicians and plutocrats.  Photos—published by periodicals and newspapers, and in alumni yearbooks–the perfect way to remember classmates and professors.

Places and Panoramas preserved for posterity, on photographic film and/or paper by both professional photographers and people with cameras ranging from little point-and-shoots …and by Pros with elaborate camera systems…producing permanent portraits of places and people which will last indefinitely in publications, on electronic platforms, on walls, and in properly stored shoe-boxes.

Preconceived ideas aside, perhaps the preferential aspects of comparison of preservation possibilities would be a combination of the two systems: paper and virtual.  Online computerized storage is efficient and far less space-saving than accumulations of various paper forms.   However–they are also more vulnerable to a number of unspeakable catastrophes to the power grid.  Yes, I know, paper can burn and become ruined by floods…there is never a perfect system.

I am a great advocate of paper…printed out documents and manuscripts (especially manuscripts) properly stored in file folders in fire-proof cabinets.    Given a choice of an ordinary paper dictionary…or a hundred electronic forms of the dictionary…the paper will win my heart any time.

8 thoughts on “P stands for Photography in the A-Z Challenge

    1. almost all of my pics like that came from my English great-gram and her daughter, my gram. I treasure these things, and so do some of my grandkids… but had it been for my ancient cousin who distributed Gram’s stuff via the will…she would have pitched almost everything into the dumpster! I would have saved a lot more stuff had we not been enroute to an army base in Arizona… (or Texas…not sure now)

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      1. the same cousin gave me a really cool old photo album with great board-photos. I asked her who the people were, and she said she had no idea…didn’t care…even though three boys were obviously triplets. She said they were some kin of her Dad’a. Ruby wasn’t interested in much that didn’t revolve directly around her.


  1. Okay, I confess that you intrigued me with your p words. Masterful job. I too love pictures of ancestors. I am blessed with have the originals of some, copies of many. Now how many q words are you in for. I watching the fun.


    1. I love looking at pictures of the olden times. I always look for family resemblances. Once my granddaughter was looking at my bulletin board and I had put up a picture of my mother’s family. She said “who is that woman who looks just like my Mom?” It was my grandmother…and the family likeness is stunning.


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