This rusty ol’ mailbox has definitely seen better days. I remember driving by it on vacations, in those days of when I was much younger than I am today.
Snail mail as it is called today, is becoming a thing of the past, like the Pony Express riders. There will still be packages to deliver and rush documents, but the art of writing a letter is overtaken by Snaps, Tweets, Texts and sometimes email. Email, I have heard, seems to be used less and less by the younger generations, so it will also be a thing of the past.
Where are those Snaps with a 24 hour life expectancy? or, The Tweets that the world can see? The texts could be saved and printed, but will anyone take the time to do that and would it make any sense to someone else 20 years from now, or even to ourselves?
Email has a better chance, but unless the printout is preserved with both sides of the conversation, will it make sense at all?
What are we leaving our future generations to learn about us? All those digital photos we take, will there be a machine to read them? Does anyone use 3.5 floppy’s or have a reader in today’s laptops or notebooks, notepads, Surface’s? Does anyone have the old computers with a drive to use it with or a monitor that can display it for us?
Now is the time to create some photo-journals, or journals for our children and children’s children to be able to read. Perhaps the journals you keep will document something in history -current events to us- that is only assumed to be recorded in time, but yours is the vital piece to tell others about it.
Thank you to: Big Map Blog for the use of the photo of the Pony Express Route.