Saturday, March 24, 2018

Photographic evanescence

Perusing family photographs...
To horse! To school!
Charlotte: When was it taken?
Emily: It’s Andrea on Chestnut with Mum beside her. So it must be about 1920.
Charlotte: Your mother rode?
Emily: Oh yes. Sent all us kids to school on horse.
Charlotte: Do you have any other photos?
Emily: I think most were thrown out after Dad died.

Some people like to discard and declutter. Archivists tend by nature to be hoarders. Compiling family histories can be a bit like a lottery.

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