My elderly aunt whom I don't see but every 10 years or so, gave me an old photo album that she thinks belonged to my mother. She's had it since 1974 when my grandmother died.
My mother has been gone since before my grandmother died, and I always wondered what happened to her pictures, as there were only 3 or so in my dad's photos (they had been divorced).
Anyway, the album is photos on that soft black paper that is crumbling apart. There is no back on the album either. Practically no one is identified.
I will be re-doing this into a regular 12 x 12 album, identifying everyone I can. Yes, I will scan all the photos, but I will be scrapping the originals unless they need "cleaning up". Most of them are in remarkably good condition considering their age. They were mounted on the paper with the corners, which are popping up. Considering how soft the paper is, that is no surprise.
This puts a whole new wrinkle on the heritage album I was going to make, because I have 6 times the amount of pictures now. There was very little from my mother's side of the family until now. Now it is the majority. The longer you live the more surprises you get.