Column: Family Photographs in Sticky Situations

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Family Photographs in Sticky Situations

Snippet: My family didn’t accumulate a huge number of photographs before the 1990s. My parents took pictures only on special occasions: birthdays, weddings, Christmases. Sometimes, they took candid snaps of family members, but they were few and far between.

As a result, they possessed only about 100 photographs. They fit neatly into one photo album. I looked at them often, and by the time I was ten I could identify everyone in the photographs and the circumstances around them.

Back in the 1970s and 80s, magnet albums were all the rage. Pictures were positioned on the sticky pages and clear plastic was placed over top to protect them and to keep them from falling out.

These albums weren’t only popular, they were cheap and found in almost every store. This meant every household used them. We didn’t know how destructive they were to photographs, or things may have been different.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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