As many of us are "sheltering in place" due to the Coronavirus, I was recently recalling those days from the 1970's when my family would settle in to go through the slides and retell stories of road trips, activities and special occasions. I always enjoyed those evenings! Over the years, my parents have converted all of their slides into digital images, and provided each of their children with DVD's of those photos. I truly cherish the images... and the memories. Today, many of those photos are 60 years old or more and truly capture the experiences of a young couple raising seven children.
In 1965 -- the year I was born -- the first carousel slide projector was patented and sold to Eastman Kodak by its inventor, David E. Hansen. Before computers, slideshows using carousel projectors were a revolutionary idea. Of course, today images are in digital format and most view their photos on a smartphone, computer, tablet or television. In my opinion, there's nothing quite like the hum of the projector fan and the clicking sound with each advancement to a new slide on the carousel. It brings back some good memories from growing up.
Sometimes, I miss the old days... the simpler days -- before smartphones, computers, the Internet, and all of the rest that was invented which ultimately keeps us busy and/or distracted. Regardless of what you have for viewing pictures from days gone by, consider a family night to look through photos and share stories. You'll create a memory for the future by looking back at the past.