Beautifully Striking & Unique Ways To Display Old Family Photos
There’s a reason why people commonly collect, sell, and display old photos–whether or not they know the people captured in the photographs. It’s because old photographs are really cool. They’re a window into the past, their sepia genuinely earned.
And when you actually know the people in the pictures, when they’re your grandparents, your great-grandparents, and on and on, then the precious archival factor only increases.
Only, not many people feel inclined to actually display these vintage family photos the way they do photographs of their immediate family.
They images are usually tiny, for one. And for two, oh, well, I’ll just stick them in this box for now.
For no reason, I got the urge to investigate the way others have so cleverly found ways to display their old family photos. You’ve probably already thought of all of these. Probably already have those babies on display. You brilliance, you.
So, today I’m playing that massively overdone role of curator of concept. Here comes:
This first display tactic would likely never have occurred to me. And, it managed to stop me in my tracks (scroll). New (to me), surprising, and surprisingly delightful–that spells a winning idea I’m almost certain.
Iteration number 1 is from Shabby Love Blog:
And two, via White Life Photography:
Three and four are mysteries, and five, from Etsy:
Am I alone in thinking this is the most darling idea, like ever?
The round glass shape lends an air of whimsy to the already storied, and thus rather serious picture.
Another way to honor and display: present archival photos with an element that, itself, feels vintage.
Think Miniature Rhino’s vintage wooden thread spools:
Or, c/o HGTV, a silver tray:
Or even something as lovely and elegant Simple as this (from Miss Gracie’s House):
You can go broad strokes and clean look by way of unified collage, as did Leila Younis (via Apartment Therapy):
Or, go all out with a gallery wall (you knew that was coming at some point in this post, didn’t you?), like this one from Urban Grace:
In any case, if you have in your possession a bundle or three archival photos, you might as well let them see the light of day. Or even the blue light of many screens! I’m sure they’d happily take either before the claustrophobia and darkness of a box.
(Who ever said there wasn’t a place for sentimentality in Live Simply, huh?)
Question of the day: how would (or do) you display your old family photos??
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