There’s Treasure In That Box
As many of you know, I’ve been following Justin Scarred’s Randomland videos/vlogs on YouTube fore quite a while. Justin has a passion for history and Disney (among a few other things).
A couple of months ago, Justin began working on a Disneyland Then and Now project. The idea was to take old photographs taken in the park and compare them with the park as it is today. Justin’s grandparents and his mom moved across the street from Disneyland back in the mid 1950’s. They visited the park frequently and, as a matter of course, took quite a few photographs and slides.
To be fair, this topic was addressed last year, with a request to viewers to look for old photographs and, if they were inclined, share them with Justin who was planning on doing the comparison.
I can hear some folks shaking their heads and wondering what the deal might be, while others are digging through closets, under beds and out in the garage to see what they can find.
What they can find is pure treasure.
It’s Not Just About the Pictures
Photographs, old movies and slides are not just about the pictures, but about the time, place and people. Family picnics. Camping trips. College graduations. Birthdays. Weddings. Funerals. Holiday gatherings. Summer vacations.
As much as we seem to love our smart phones with the fancy cameras, we seem to be not saving as much as we used to. Pictures are not always being moved to save and secure places or even printed out – even though that technology has vastly improved.
What is lost, among the detritus of images that were not really worth taking, are the memories. First steps, first day of school, first day in a new home, and the like.
Justin’s project focuses on how Disneyland has evolved and changed over the years, an d he has done the research to back up what he shows the viewer. But this type of project is not limited to one place; it can be done focusing on pretty much anything or anyone. We might think about Junior’s yearly school pictures, but what about the family home and how it has evolved over the years?
The treasure in the closets, etc., is the memories of times past, people and places lost. The reminders of the way the house smelled during the holidays or the way the decorations sparkled…or not. 🙂 In my stash, I have one of my family’s Christmas back in the early 1960’s. It is a color shot, showcasing the decorations on the tree and the colors on the wrapping paper scattered around the room. The image includes my father in those old part wire rimmed glasses that are so 1960 as to be painful.
I also have a copy of a photograph of my mother along with two of her sisters, standing side by side doing dishes in the kitchen. Their backs are to the photographer and you can tell they are deep in conversation of what appears to be a silly nature.
All three are long gone now, but I remember the way they enjoyed being together, the fun they had.
As Captain Jack Sparrow said, “Treasure is not just silver or gold.”