I've been thinking lately about all these photographs that we genealogists treasure. It's wonderful to see what Great-Great-Grandad looked liked like. It's amazing to see how much we look like Great-Great-Grandad. When I look at my collection of photographs, I get a sense of the reality of the people who came before me.
We're so lucky to have these photos. I think we're among the first of the generations to be able to look back at pictures of people who were dead long before we were born. Before now, you could only do this if you came from a family that was rich enough or had enough foresight to have portraits painted.