* How to ORGANIZE Your Photos

In an earlier post about how to organize photos, I talked about respecting age. The older the photograph, the harder you should try to find another home for it if you don’t want to keep it yourself. Part of the reason why you should respect age is because age goes hand in hand with scarcity. […]

. I realize that my advice about tossing photos (“lose the dreck!”) can make some folks nervous. If you are one of those people, I want to reassure you that I do not suggest anyone toss out ancestor photos willy-nilly. No way. Respect Age (when you toss photo clutter) “Respect Age” – means just that. […]

Scrapbooking is a very popular hobby here in the United States. Surely you’ve seen stunning examples in your own family or group of friends. And who wouldn’t appreciate a personalized scrapbook made for them by someone they love? What a beautiful, thoughtful gift!   . But there’s a dark side to this — and it […]

Our favorite photographs are valuable beyond measure. Many folks name a photo or album of photos as the possession they would grab first if they ever had to flee. Just last month, I heard a story about a woman who escaped her burning office tower on September 11th…only to rush back inside to retrieve the […]

. This video from UNC-Chapel Hill reveals a neat-o way to store fragile pamphlets upright on a book shelf. If you want to get fancy, you can scan the original cover and attach a printout to your new cover. You can even add an edge label so you will know the title without opening anything […]

[NOTE: This post originally appeared one year ago, July 30, 2007.] Last year, Randy over at Genea-Musings found this wonderful photographic treasure in his Aunt Geraldine’s papers. He asked for input from readers to help date this pair of cased photographs. Randy’s post contains some great resources to help you date old photographs, so be […]

The curse of the half-finished project. Photo by Ben Kelly, pope24, some rights reserved You made your New Year’s Resolutions. You started your photo organizing project with tons of enthusiasm. Oh, yes, you told yourself. This year is going to be different. But now it’s February, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and…well… Here are […]

Contrary to popular belief, archivists do not keep everything. Whaaat? An archivist? Throwing things out? Yep. I spent more time learning the art of archival appraisal than any other skill while in grad school. And by appraisal, I mean deciding what to keep and what to toss — based on what items have enduring value. […]

Wait! I’m getting a vision… Yes, it’s getting clearer… You have a box of old, unsorted photos at home. Oh, I crack myself up. I read an entertaining article online called “I see dumb people” – Learn to cold-read like a so-called “psychic.” Apparently, one of the tricks is to be as vague as possible […]

There are two types of cased images you might find in your family collection: ambrotypes and daguerreotypes. The quick and easy way to tell the difference between the two is that a daguerreotype will look like a mirror when you move it in the light. An ambrotype will not. I was thinking about this today […]