Family scerets and old photos

27 May

Recently something happened in my life that made me shift my priorities a lot.

I was looking for something stupid, I don’t even remember what it was now, and suddenly I found a very old photo album in my grand-ma’s closet. I didn’t even know it existed!


This old album is unlike any I have ever seen – its time-worn cover is made of fine leather with some beautiful drawings. Inside every sheet is thick and unbendable, cream white with special pocket-like holes for photographs. The photographs are all cabinet cards, also thick and unbendable, with logos and advertisement of the photographer’s services on the reverse side. Beautiful people in old-fashioned clothes are on these photos, fleeting seconds of their lives frozen in time and preserved on paper.


I was thrilled. It felt like holding an incredible treasure, a message from the past, like having a glimpse into someone’s life. Of course, I wanted to know who these people were. So my little quest has begun.


I discovered that the album was made in the late 1890s and given as a gift to my great-great-grand-mother.My mother and her sisters were able to identify only a couple of photos, so I had to broaden my search and go and see other relatives.
It became an exciting adventure that also allowed me to pay visits to family members whom I haven’t seen for a while 😉

Guess what? My quest brought me all the way to California! I discovered that my auntie in California has a similar photo album that belonged to her grand-ma, my great-great-grand-ma’s sister!

It was amazing! Not only did I find out some awesome stories and secrets from my family’s history, but I also met all my American relatives and had a wonderful time!

So, old photos and family stories lead to breathtaking adventures in real life just as much as in books! I have discovered it through my own experience. And I feel this is just a beginning, for so many stories are still waiting to be discovered and told, stories of all those who built my family and who deserve the right to be remembered.

Wishing you an inspiring and lovely day,


Kateryna Kei, Author of Raven Boy

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in News


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2 responses to “Family scerets and old photos

  1. Tamara Kulish

    May 28, 2019 at 12:18 am

    I think these photos are fascinating!


  2. katerynakei

    May 30, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Thank you 😉

    Liked by 1 person


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