Keeping Photos

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  1. Doghouse Riley

    Doghouse Riley In Flower

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    Do you keep them?

    I've digital photos of our garden saved in monthly files on my laptop since 2004. Before that from some contact prints taken between 1885 and 86,

    I've the same for annual holidays.

    For family, from 2004 on digital cameras, before that from contact prints and before that from transparancies going back to the sixties converted to digital files on my old scanner printer.

    They rarely get looked at but they are there for reference, It's a bit like me keepimg a few thousand mp3 music files.

    The photos can be interesting as it records the development of the garden, the successes and failures and you notice how some perennials you've had for decades, do better in some years than others.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Guilty.
    I have digital photos from 2004 until present, as well as printed pictures as far back as the 70's.
    PLUS all the photos I have inherited from my parents.
    I love having them :)
     
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    Doghouse Riley In Flower

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    This is our oldest photo.

    One of my wife's grandmother, sitting on her mother's lap surrounded by her brothers and sisters.

    Probably taken in the late 1800s

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    Wow,, thats an oldie !
     
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    Doghouse Riley In Flower

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    "That's me top left."
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I absolutely adore old photos like this! What a family treasure!
     
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    Doghouse Riley In Flower

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    Thanks for that.

    There's a bit of history on my wife's side of the family, much of it researched by my sister-in-law.
    Some of it comes from an obituary in the South London Observer, May 13th 1903.
    Their great grandfather 1837-1903 was a regular in The Light Dragoons, he was one of a number of servicemen picked to escort the cortege at the Duke of Wellington's funeral
    He saw action in The Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava. He later joined the 7th Hussars
    He was awarded the Crimea Medal with 4 clasps, the Turkish Campaign Medal and the Indian Mutiny Medal. He served in a dozen engagements. After his war service he became a tram driver for London County Council Tramways.
    He's buried at Forest Hill Cemetry in London. His coffin was given full military honours and transported to the cemetry on a gun carriage supplied by the War Office.
    He left the army with no pension. But 35 years later, he was awarded a pension of 9p a day.

    His son was awarded the Military Medal, for "gallantry at Ypres," 20th July 1917.
     
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