Restoring a photo is not much use without knowing the people in the photo or the story behind the photo. Write it down!
Events come and go and names and places can get forgotten and the stories behind those memories fade, just like the photos themselves. Once you have your photo restored, write down what is happening in the photo, where it was taken and who is in the photo, along with anything you can think of relating to the story behind the photo.
This may not be much at all but anything you can write may just be enough to keep that memory going on for longer. A good way of finding more about your old photos is to ask an elderly relative and write down or record what they say. Who knows more about those old photos than your grandparents, right?
It always seems so easy when you chat about the past. During the conversations those stories are amazing, all the tales of yesteryear that tie in with those old photo locked in a drawer. When you get old and take out those memories will you remember with so easily, the back stories and events? It won’t seem so simple then. Why not go and interview your grandparents and write an account of their childhood and what they can remember. Remember you are doing this for you and your family, not because I am telling you to! When your grandchildren get old enough to ask about the past, what will you say? Where will you turn? Will it be the drawer with those old photos or written stories and facts?
Talking brings people together and what better way to spend a few hours than with the family chatting about the past. My late Grandmother was once interviewed by a local historian who wrote an article based on events and facts she could remember from times gone by. This may be a way of encouraging your elderly relatives to share their stories more freely. Getting those stories in print will help preserve them even longer.
Remember to get both your photos restored and the stories behind them too!