A Fascinating Story from Peculiar Photos

"A good snapshot stops a moment from running away."--Eudora Welty

Last year I posted about the Cottingley Fairies that turned out to be altered images in vintage photographs. To my surprise, I happened upon a book that has woven am interesting fictional story around peculiar vintage photographs.  The book is called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and I just cannot put it down!

The book's main character is Jacob Portman who is on an adventure to discover the true origin and meaning of the magical stories and pictures his grandfather shared with him. His grandfather's last words before he dies encourages Jacob to travel to Wales to learn about his peculiar past. What Jacob discovers is much more peculiar than he could have imagined, but you will have to read the book to learn more! 

After reading this book, I was more curious about the author and wanted to learn more about him. I have always wondered about the discarded photos that I see in thrift and antique stores. They have always sparked emotions as well as questions in my mind as to who the people were and what happened to them that their memories have ended up for sale in a store. Turns out, Mr. Riggs collects these types photos as a hobby. He especially enjoys finding ones that include handwritten messages on them. He recently published a book called Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past.  Just fascinating, but then again I love genealogy too! View the video below to learn more about the book. 

“All we see of someone at any moment is a snapshot of their life, there in riches or poverty, in joy or despair. Snapshots don't show the million decisions that led to that moment.”--Richard Bach

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