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Here are some ideas to showcase and preserve those older
photos that are just collecting dust.
CREATE THEMED ALBUMS
Organizing old photos into themed albums
is a great way to ensure they aren’t lost or
forgotten. Create themes such as your kids’
birthday parties, family vacations or the old
SCAN YOUR PHOTOS
INTO YOUR COMPUTER
Using a scanner, you can make digital copies
of the family photos you want to save forever,
then back them up onto a flash drive or CD.
You can also use a photo scanner app, which
makes it easy to share those photos on social
media. The vast majority of photos on Facebook
or Instagram were taken with those apps, so
sharing old photos can be a great conversation-
starter and help your profile stand out.
DECORATE A TRAVEL MAP
Many people hang maps on their walls to keep
track of all the places they’ve visited. If you
have photos of your trips, you can cut them to
fit the shape of the state or country you visited
and stick them to your travel map. It’s a great
way to re-purpose those old photos as well as
remember your travels.
TAKE CARE WHEN STORING THEM
Old photos can be damaged easily by moisture
and extreme temperatures. If you want to
preserve the hard copies for future generations,
store them carefully in areas where they will be
kept cool and dry at all times. Basements and
attics are poor places to store old photos.
MATCH PHOTOS TO
Many families have cherished items that are
passed from generation to generation. If you
have any family photos that feature these
items, keep them together. That way, when the
time comes for you to pass those items to the
next generation, they will have a ready-made
chronicle of just how important those items are.
SHARE WITH YOUR
LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
You may be too modest to believe that your
family’s old photos are worth anything to
anyone else, but many local historical societies
are interested in photos that depict what
life was like in the past. If you can’t think of
anything else to do with your old photos, see if
your local history buffs would like them.
WHAT TO DO
WITH YOUR OLD