I never really gave them much thought-our old albums. They weren’t being looked at very often- but they weren’t technically “hurting anything” either.
Then this summer, while I was organizing the den, I sat down to assess our photo-situation. Everything about these albums is falling apart; the covers are detaching, the pictures are yellowing, they are stuck to the pages, the plastic “cover” sheets are crumbling. 50% of the photos are not keepers; they are out of focus, unidentifiable, boring, repeats or have a thumb covering some part of them. As if to drive home their decrepitness, a silverfish slithered out from between the pages and wiggled across the floor..
SMASH and YUCK!
I considered having them professionally transferred somehow, but these old pictures are literally GLUED to the paper..so guess what, I started taking pictures of the pictures with my cell phone.
I am putting them all in “folders” on my i-phone and my husband will eventually download them to a DVD. (** see LA’s comment below about a better storage idea) Is this a perfect solution? maybe not..but it sure beats hanging on to these increasingly icky albums and it will free up some shelf space as well!