It’s lovely to be back home in Sydney for a visit. We are lucky that my husband’s company pays for us to come home once a year. Facetime and Skype are all very well, but there’s nothing like being here! While we are here we are staying at my Dad’s place. Just now I was having a little fossick around and found some absolute treasures which made me very happy and very sad at the same time.
This is an example of what I found (there is more than one). Can you guess what it is?
I’m not sure what I was expecting – newspaper clippings, old bills and receipts? What I found was an absolute gem – it is a scrapbook about my parents courtship, marriage and early years together! How exciting! Photos, tickets, theatre programs, restaurant menus, more photos. Mum & Dad got married in 1953 – 64 years ago – not so long in the scheme of things, but what a different world it was then. I just love the glimpses this album gives me into their lives, obviously long before I came along, and into the world they lived in. I love the hand-written captions and touches of humour, the photos of my parents when they were young and carefree – well, really everything!
Finding these books reminded me that scrapbooking is nothing new, is it? I’m sure many of us have similar old albums made by ourselves or older relatives full of memories and stories. I can remember scrapbooking when I was in high school, cutting up photos and collecting all sorts of memorabilia to include.
I am so happy to have found this book, and I can’t wait to sit down with my Dad and encourage him to reminisce over those times. But I’m sad too, because of the state this scrapbook is in. The pages are yellowed and brittle, many of the photos are falling out, and some have been lost and the whole books are disintegrating. There’s some debris which may be what is left from some pressed flowers. I have no idea how much longer they will survive. I’m so thankful that I can preserve these books digitally, and that I can save them in my FOREVER storage account and know that they will be “future-proofed”!
I plan to scan or photograph every page in these books and upload them to my FOREVER account. Then I can share them with the rest of the family, and I can sleep easier knowing they are safe. I’m in Australia as you know, and we don’t have FOREVER conversion services here yet. For those of you living in North America, I hope you realise what a wonderful resource you have there!! I would love to box these books up and have them professionally scanned. Do you have old scrapbooks lying around, gathering dust, fading, yellowing and disintegrating? Check your attics and basements and the back of the spare room closet, and make sure you have a plan for preserving those priceless mementos.
Here are some quick shots I took with my phone of just a few of the pages I found in these books. I’m sure you can see exactly why I had the mixed reactions that I felt on my discovery.