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Dear Photograph: New-Age Nostalgia

  • Dear Photograph,Letting go of my mother's hand on the first day of school was always the hardest.Liz
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    Dear Photograph,Letting go of my mother's hand on the first day of school was always the hardest.Liz
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,I thought Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.Gregg
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    Dear Photograph,I thought Dad never took a picture of me, ever. Then I noticed his reflection in the glass.Gregg
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,Remember when you had to come home when the streetlight came on? Where are the good old days when the neighborhood was full of kids outside playing tag, hide-and-seek, and Wiffle ball?Those were the kick-the-can fun times!Linda
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    Dear Photograph,Remember when you had to come home when the streetlight came on? Where are the good old days when the neighborhood was full of kids outside playing tag, hide-and-seek, and Wiffle ball?Those were the kick-the-can fun times!Linda
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,Our wedding day was our sweetest, just like Grandma's chocolate.Onno
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    Dear Photograph,Our wedding day was our sweetest, just like Grandma's chocolate.Onno
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,My mother had no idea that she and her brother and sister would learn that year to journey through life without their mother by their side. Grandpa carried on and took care of all three children all by himself, taking lots of pictures along the way. I'm sure my grandmother was looking at those pictures over his shoulder.Helen
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    Dear Photograph,My mother had no idea that she and her brother and sister would learn that year to journey through life without their mother by their side. Grandpa carried on and took care of all three children all by himself, taking lots of pictures along the way. I'm sure my grandmother was looking at those pictures over his shoulder.Helen
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,I'm still blowing kisses!Carolyn
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    Dear Photograph,I'm still blowing kisses!Carolyn
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram. I'm so proud of my father.Eva
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    Dear Photograph,At the time it was not common for a man to walk behind a pram. I'm so proud of my father.Eva
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,It was great to think you were back in town looking over me, even if it was only for just the day.Ollie
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    Dear Photograph,It was great to think you were back in town looking over me, even if it was only for just the day.Ollie
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,Grandad Harry ... worked in the docks until he was drafted by the navy in World War II. We celebated his great love for the sea by scattering his ashes in Bridlington Harbour, right where he strolled long ago, hand in hand with his family. The beginning of his legacy. Miss you dearly,Daniel
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    Dear Photograph,Grandad Harry ... worked in the docks until he was drafted by the navy in World War II. We celebated his great love for the sea by scattering his ashes in Bridlington Harbour, right where he strolled long ago, hand in hand with his family. The beginning of his legacy. Miss you dearly,Daniel
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,Thirty years ago, I was that little boy who could see the beauty in all things far and wide. Perhaps that is the innocence of childhood ... looking at life with clarity and simplicity, always enjoying the view. I hope I never lose sight of that.Giuseppe
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    Dear Photograph,Thirty years ago, I was that little boy who could see the beauty in all things far and wide. Perhaps that is the innocence of childhood ... looking at life with clarity and simplicity, always enjoying the view. I hope I never lose sight of that.Giuseppe
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones
  • Dear Photograph,Be kinder to your brother, because you need each other. Thirty-eight years later, you will still be the best of friends when all the others fade away.Darin
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    Dear Photograph,Be kinder to your brother, because you need each other. Thirty-eight years later, you will still be the best of friends when all the others fade away.Darin
    Excerpts from the book and blog "Dear Photograph" by Taylor Jones

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You may have heard of Dear Photograph, a website that invites readers to submit photos of photos — images from the past, set in the present. Over the past year, the website received thousands of submissions. In fact, enough for a book, also called Dear Photograph, which was released earlier this month.

By NPR's Susan Stamberg

NPR's Susan Stamberg submits to "Dear Photograph" with an image of her son.
Susan Stamberg

Dear Photograph,

When our son, Josh, was little, he loved to go to a nearby barn in Washington, D.C., and watch the horses. At first, he was a bit fearful. But over time, he learned how to pat their noses and feed them apples. This picture was taken when he was 2 1/2 years old. Now his 4-year-old daughter loves patting horses out in California. Must be genetic. Josh grew up to be an actor, but has not yet made a Western!

Susan

Taylor Jones, 22, is the man behind the project. He came up with the idea last year while sitting at his parents' kitchen table. While flipping though a family photo album, he stumbled across a picture of his younger brother, Landon.

"It was his third birthday," Jones says. "He had a Winnie the Pooh cake, and I was sitting in the same spot my mom was when she took the original photo." Landon was also sitting in his same birthday seat.

So, Jones held up the old picture — taking care to line up kitchen cupboards just so — and snapped a photo. He posted it on his blog, and the rest, he says, is history.

"I'm a new-age nostalgic guy, I guess you could say," he says.

You can submit your photograph on Jones' blog.

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