This will be my documenting of finding old Antique, Vintage photo albums and Photographs. Then trying to find out who these people are within the pages. This all started after I worked for a Film Archive documenting 16mm film, whenever I came across old Home Movies my eyes would be glued to seeing into someone else’s life and world, and wondering what happened to these people on the film, how did their film end up out in the world away from family?
The core of what I have done in the past or my own site http://www.savethetoys.com ultimately requires Research, Studying, Picking up clues and fine details, and spending hours scouring the internet linking one piece of info to put a name or a place to something. I get a total thrill out of doing it. My mother is a family history researcher whose passion is uncovering the past, so she is often my assistant behind the scenes also finding info for me. I didnt get into Old Photo Albums until the end of 2010. I was in the Phoenix, Az area at an antique store and there I found my FIRST photo album and what started my new hobby.
I love finding old photo albums, particularly ones with names and identifying info in them. After that comes searching like a detective for family history and clues from the photos to find out who they are. The stories of the people behind the photos. I hate seeing photo albums lost, floating around, destroyed, picked apart and pieced out. I like for the family within the pages to stay together somehow. Im not sure how all of these albums end up out in world but they are numerous, check estate sales, auctions, antique shops, thrift stores and ebay! They are everywhere!
So just a word to anyone who keeps photo albums or family records, PUT INFO, names, places, in your albums! Because it only takes a generation or two and the info is lost and it becomes much harder to find out with a lot of relatives who have passed on.
Another tip: Please pass your albums on to relatives if at all possible with identifying info, even if its not in the album put it on paper and tuck it inside, if you have no relatives to pass an album too and want it preserved, another good option is your local town historical society or an area that your family came out of or contained pictures of a certain town, county or city. Many places would love to have something like this in their archives.
If you are going to sell a photo album PLEASE list any names in your listing especially on the internet auction and sales sites, many relatives are searching for albums with surnames in their family line, so your album may be more valuable just by you adding the NAMES to your listing. Many people working on genealogy work will pass this info onto groups with certain last names. I know I would be thrilled to find out a family album from my history that we have never seen was out there and Id love to get my hands on it!
Please enjoy seeing my albums Ive picked up, this is purely for fun and a hobby for me, I also spend my own money purchasing most of these albums, but will always take something anyone wants to pass my way for free to post on my site and I will do what research I can.
Thank you for visiting.
Me with some “Older” Gentlemen