This past week I scanned, sorted and labeled a ton of vintage family photos and put them on CDs. Tomorrow I will mail a CD to each of three newly-found nieces and nephew. Within a few days they will insert the CDs into their computers and retrieve photos of their father at age six in 1947. They will see photos of members of this side of the family whom they have never met---their aunts, uncles, cousins, their paternal grandparents and great grandparents. Faces that will be faintly familiar to them because of shared genes.
All of this because someone stood at some point in time, clicked a button on a box camera that opened a shutter for a fraction of a second, and which focused a brief moment in time on black and white film...moments that once were lost to them but now are found.