For me, photographs are precious memories captured in a frame that allow me to revisit the past. Photography technology has come a long way over the years, and today I would like to share with you my insights into the evolution of photographs, their popular sizes and the ways in which they are stored - from the early days of photography to modern albums and boxes.
The magic of the first photographs: daguerreotypes and ambrotypes (ca. 1839-1860)
At the very beginning of photography, daguerreotypes and ambrotypes were the first permanent images captured on silver and glass plates. These fragile images required special storage cases to prevent them from being damaged.
Visiting cards and cabinet cards (ca. 1854-1900)
In the 19th century, visiting cards and cabinet cards - small prints mounted on cardboard - were a popular way of exchanging photographs. These were the first mass-produced photographs that required special albums for storage.
Photographs on paper (from ca. 1880)
Photographs on paper revolutionised the way we stored memories. As this format became more common, different sizes of prints began to gain popularity. For example, prints sized 10×15 cm became a standard that still holds today. With their advent, different types of photo albums also began to appear, from simple paper ones to more elaborate and durable ones. The 10×15 photo album has established itself as a leader. The black 10×15 photo album has become the standard.
Slides and slides (ca. 1935-2000)
Slides and diapositives are the next stage in the evolution of photography. These were transparent prints that could be viewed using special projectors. They were stored in special boxes or magazines that allowed them to be kept tidy and protected from damage.
Instant photographs (from around 1947)
Polaroid introduced instant photos that were self-developed. This photo format was very popular and special albums and boxes were created to help store these unique memories.
The digital revolution (from around 1990)
For me, the digital age revolutionised the world of photography with the introduction of digital cameras, which allowed images to be stored as files on computers or memory sticks. This breakthrough meant that print sizes began to vary, depending on individual needs. New ways of storing and presenting memories also emerged, such as digital photo frames, photo books and online photo sharing services.
Back to traditional photo albums and boxes (21st century)
In recent years, I have noticed an increased interest in traditional photo albums and print boxes. Many people, like me, appreciate the value of physical memories and the uniqueness of handmade albums and boxes. Thus, more and more sophisticated and personalised products are appearing on the market that combine modern technology with traditional materials and craft techniques.
My journey through the evolution of photography and ways of storing photos shows how important our memories are to me, and probably to many of you. Despite advances in technology, we still appreciate the value of physical photos and unique ways of storing them. Photo albums and print boxes are not only a practical solution, but also a beautiful way to preserve and present our most precious memories.