I Love Old Photographs

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    Instant Ancestors

    I have always been intrigued by the anonymous faces in faded photographs in antique stores or in second hand shops. Not only by their back story but I also wonder what would motivate someone to throw out family photographs. I love these instant ancestors and I have collected a...
    2ndhandroses 2ndhandroses
    51-55, F
    Oct 15, 2013


    My parents have collected many photographs. Since I was a kid I always loved to go through them all and kept asking who was who and when was the particular photo taken. They treasure them and maybe it's the reason why I love taking photos myself.
    Ra1nbow Ra1nbow
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2013

    The Inheritance

    When the life of my parents came to an end, it was time to clear out their and our old house. They had lived there for nearly sixty years so it was stacked full in every corner and drawer.  A day was set, and we all as brothers and sisters went to the house. One brother and I...
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    1 Response Oct 30, 2011

    Turn of Century

    I try to collect photos, documents, and anything that brings to life how people lived day to day in the late 1800s.  It was a fascinating time - when people had no idea just how dramatically things would change over the next several decades, and the country was still just 10...
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    1 Response Apr 21, 2009

    This is an old photo of Chiswick

    where I'm staying while here in London. My hotel is normally £48 a night.I thought it a really lovely photo
    Ducostrinity Ducostrinity
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 26, 2016

    My mom gave me my grandma's first camera.

    I wish it still worked. I have photos that were taken from that camera. I think it's amazing :)
    JamesCarter20 JamesCarter20
    18-21, T
    1 Response Sep 16, 2015

    To me, and old photo is a moment captured in

    time, then preserved to show future generations. I'm especially fond of daguerreotypes. My family has an old photo of my great-great-great paternal grandpa. I like looking at him, trying to see pieces of myself in my ancestors.
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982
    31-35, F
    3 Responses May 8, 2015


    PastelLime PastelLime
    Nov 19, 2015

    Old Photo Album

    I remember finding an old photograph album.  All the pictures inside were in black and white. Some of the photos were obviously taken in the 40's because of a soldier posing near a Nazi bunker with his Browning automatic rifle.  Other photos seemed much older and were...
    CopperCoil CopperCoil
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Apr 12, 2008
    LiveEqualsEvil LiveEqualsEvil
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 6, 2015

    Sometimes, mostly when I'm alone,

    I really have some flashbacks in my head of people,moments, things, ... Then I look back at old photo's and all the memories come back. I like those little photographs. It helps you to remember the good memories in life. The best thing about photographs is that even when the...
    1brokenwing 1brokenwing
    2 Responses Mar 25, 2014
    bikegenius1 bikegenius1
    56-60, M
    Dec 12, 2015

    History And Mystery

    Have you ever thought about the many pages of your photo albums?  Of course you love to see the pictures because they are remembrances of people in your life and they are part of you history, but have you ever thought more deeply about the photos?  Each picture has its own...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 28, 2011
    silenttomorrows silenttomorrows
    56-60, M
    2 Responses Dec 5, 2014
    pskqwer8 pskqwer8
    26-30, M
    Feb 17, 2015

    I Love An Old Black and White Photo

    My grandparents had a box full of photos and though I'm afraid I don't know half the people in them I love to look through them.  I should have went through them with my grandmother but now its too late.  They have such emotion to them and its fun to imagine what it...
    shuttermagic shuttermagic
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 30, 2008

    I always love it to look at old photos

    where I can see my ancestors, my hometown and the house where I am living in, how they looked 200 years ago, etc. etc. Sometimes I really enjoy it to do small trips in the past by looking at those old photos. :-)
    Loretta78 Loretta78
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Nov 26, 2015

    Family Bingo Years ago I dug up some family

    photos that were just in a box, being neglected. I picked out maybe two dozen, then made color copies of them, shrinking them to fit into those baseball card holders that fit in 3 ring binders. Each page holds nine photos, and voila! Family Bingo! The caller usually comes up...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange
    46-50, F
    May 1, 2014
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    Oct 6, 2013

    Something so special about photographs.

    A little snapshot of history to keep forever and ever.
    HeyLookItsGemma HeyLookItsGemma
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 4, 2015
    MarkFree MarkFree
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Jan 4, 2015


    PastelLime PastelLime
    Nov 19, 2015

    It makes me feel like I get to live a little

    part of the past, and I also love to see the life in the eyes of someone long gone..
    polylove0210 polylove0210
    22-25, F
    Mar 8, 2016

    It is me. Old 703 A Rahman Pac.

    Take a Look at me Now !!
    deshigaal deshigaal
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jan 8, 2016
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    Feb 5, 2016

    Old Family Photos

    I found lots of old family photos after my dad died. I had never seen them before. Daddy as a young man, atop a horse, Uncle Alban riding a cow! Then there was Daddy with Uncle Sylvester, in their Army uniforms, on furlough in CA. And Uncle John beckoning someone to get in...
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange
    46-50, F
    Oct 5, 2013

    There is something about old photographs

    that just fires the imagination, staring at this picture from Victorian London you can almost see it come to life. I only wish someone had invented the camera much earlier.
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    Feb 7, 2016

    I Thought I'd Lost Them...

    After my father passed away two and a half years ago, I inherited a bag of old family photographs.  It had been a favourite pastime with my parents and my brother to look through these old pictures, reminiscing and remembering all these old characters.  Most of the...
    womaninbliss womaninbliss
    51-55, F
    5 Responses Jul 24, 2009

    My brother when he was a baby.

    It reminds me of the days when he was sweet lol.
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    Jul 15, 2015

    Hmm...Old photographs.

    ...lemme see. They are precious. 1) you come to realise how old you are. 2)they would be the same ; yesterday , today and tomorrow. 3)when u see a real old one , a sort of wave passes through ur heart. Sometimes it gives you pain at other times its a simple pleasure
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    Jan 28, 2016

    Old photographs always tend to fascinate me,

    they just give you this warm vibe inside. I particularly like old photographs of places and objects, it's just awesome to see how everything has evolved over time. My favourite old photographs in particular are of the coca cola company, everything used to be so different back...
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    Jul 17, 2015

    Old Picture Postcards.

    It started with a few picture postcards from the village I was born. they were from the sixty's. I then looked around for more on the Internet and before I realized it I was addicted to them. I now have a big collection ranging from 1900 till 1985. after that they do not make...
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    Oct 29, 2011

    Past And Present

    Old photographs have always fascinated me, but most of all I love comparing recent photos of places I'm familiar with to pictures of the same place taken decades earlier. Even if the area has been altered extensively in the decades following the first photo, there's nearly always...
    mistygrey mistygrey
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 30, 2010
    mblan11 mblan11
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 13, 2015

    I can sit for hours looking at old photos.

    Family photos. I find it very interesting, and I love the stories that old photos bring out to be heard.
    Gasquetas Gasquetas
    22-25, F
    1 Response Nov 28, 2015

    I Always Thought That It Was Weird Until...

    I never really found someone who has a fascination over old pictures like I do. That is, until I found this site.  There's just something indescribable, nostalgic and emotional about old pictures, whether its from my family or from other people. Sometimes I visit the...
    sssinfullyyours sssinfullyyours
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 5, 2010

    Imagining Life 100 Years Ago

    I love going through old photgraphs.  Seeing how people looked and imagining what their life was like 100 years ago.  Going through my mom's old photos I found one of my great grandmother in a covered wagon traveling to Colorado. I have a picture of my mom when she was...
    findinme findinme
    46-50, F
    1 Response Feb 27, 2008
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