Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Image Search Before Google
In the days before the Internet, when people wanted to share what places looked like, they often used photographs and mailed them. One easy and convenient way to do this was to mail post cards.
So the other day, my mom calls me and says, "I have I bunch of old post cards, I was going to throw them away, but then I thought you might like them." Now in my marriage, I'm the pack rat collector and my wife is the organized one. I'm getting better, but if I have a buddy who says, "Hey Nate, I've got ten five-gallon buckets, do you want them?" My first inclination is to bring them home, because you never know when you might use them. My wife doesn't see things the same way. She looks at them and thinks, oh great, more junk he won't use, how long must I let him keep these until I can toss them without his notice.
So, being the thoughtful husband, I told my mom, "No, go ahead and toss them." I immediately had second thoughts and said, "Wait, tell you what, bring them over, I'll take a quick look through them and then toss them."
When I came home, I was in for a surprise. I had wrongly assumed that my mother was talking about a few post cards from maybe the 1980s or what not. There in my living room was a large sack of post cards mostly addressed to my great-grandmother, and many of them about 100 years old or so with penny postage.
So I've been having the time of my life going through the sack. Before too long I'll start scanning them and posting them here. Unfortunately for my wife, all the work my she had put in getting me to say, "Oh, that's okay, I don't need it," has for the time being, been completely undone.