I have a little memory trunk where I keep different keepsakes from special events in my life. My college diploma, a can of red dirt from a trip to Africa, some cufflinks my father gave me from his college days, my favorite micro machine mini cars from when I was a kid as well as a good number of other momentous things I hope to show my children, and grand children someday.
As I was looking through the trunk I found two items which were very different. You can see them in the photo below.
The one on the left is a floppy disk. Yup the ones from the early 1990’s that holds a total of 1.44mb. (that’s about 1/5 the size of a single modern digital photo). This particular floppy disk holds ALL of my favorite photos from when I was in High School. The one problem is I have no way to read the disk. That’s assuming it even still works. I wouldn’t even know where to start. My current MAC doesn’t even have a DVD drive let alone a floppy drive.
The other thing I found in the trunk was a printed and framed photograph of my great, great, great grandfather Aaron Van Dyke. There was this photo of him and one of his son, his sons son, and so on all the way down to me. The interesting thing about this photo is that it was taken well over 150 years ago and unlike my floppy disk I can still use it, enjoy it, and it’s as relevant as ever.
This got me to thinking about the couples who’s weddings we’ve photographed who never got a wedding album. I know the photos are fun to look at on Facebook, and your iPad, and maybe even printed in a quick paper photo book. But it also reminded me that the floppy disk on the left is only 20 years old and already worthless, whereas the photo on the right is still going strong after 150+ years.
As you know Suzy is due with our first son in a few short months and I began to wonder if he will enjoy looking at that floppy disk, or the printed photos more?
With all the fast paced advancements in technology and the ease at which we can capture memories, even on our phone, it’s so interesting that the print is the still the best way to showcase memories- and that the print will last.