May is National Photo Month, and it presents the perfect time to consider stories of photo discovery and preservation such as those listed below. How have photographs impacted your family history? What photos do you want to save for future generations?
Family Connected with Unknown Photo Treasure Trove
A telecom installer found over 100 years of family photos in the boiler room of an apartment in which he was connecting service. With help from his supervisor he was able to locate the family and reunite them with this priceless family history!
Forgotten Wartime Film
Levi Bettweiser of the Rescued Film Project discovered forgotten films in 2014 at an auction in Ohio. The images ended up being from over 70 years ago, documenting everyday events in the life of a soldier from World War II.
Seen for the First Time
The New York Times started publishing previously unpublished photos from their archives documenting black history in the United States and searching for the people featured in the photos.
50,000 Family Photos
What would you do if you received 50,000 family photos? One family history enthusiast was overwhelmed but then got to work!
Another Family’s Photos
A historian in the United Kingdom received albums of family photos but the photos were not of his family. He is searching for the rightful owners!
Grandfather’s Memory Lives On
Three generations of photographers finish a project to preserve the memory of a grandfather.
Family Photo Exhibited on Historic Home
When a home connected to an extended family for 70 years was slated for demolition, a family member covered the home in large images of the multi-generational family for passersby to get a glimpse into the family’s life.
Have You Seen These People?
Charity workers are trying to locate a family shown in a collection of photos they received from the 1940–60s. The photos were found in a hospice center’s cabinet.
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