Wednesday Lensday: Nostalgia

Wednesday Lensday: Nostalgia

The theme of this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is nostalgia, something that we humans often seem fixated on: things were better back in the [insert favourite decade here]!

Now I’m quite a nostalgic person which is not helping my current situation of helping to clear my late grandfather’s house – I’mΒ  keeping the daftest of trinkets because they hold some little memory for me. Perhaps I need to be more ruthless with the sorting but it was my childhood home so…

My grandfather was similar in his sentiments for memories. For example, we have so far found every birthday / Christmas card dating back to the late 60s, hundreds of pens which have been dutifully labelled to display the amount he won at bingo with them and of course many photographs.


But the single image I’ve chosen for the challenge shows items from two of the most popular decades for nostalgia buffs: The 40s and 80s. And they serve as a great example of the changes for humankind my grandad saw in his 97 years. I’m sure when he was working on planes during WW2 he never imagined we’d one day have machines powered by the sun or that he’d be video calling people across the globe!

What makes you nostalgic? What do you think future generations will look back on and want to bring back to life in some retro revival? I hope it’s not shell suits…

Image Credits: My own.

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19 thoughts on “Wednesday Lensday: Nostalgia

    1. See, there’s a reason we’re birthday twins πŸ˜‰ Thank you though – it is tough but also interesting finding the things. Much of it we know the stories behind but I still wish he was here to share in the memories again. I bet he didn’t know he had half the stuff he had!

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    1. That’s lovely that quite a distinctive piece holds great memories and can take you back. I just need to remember that I don’t live in a mansion and storing all these items is going to be problematic!


  1. I love wedding dresses…from any era…there are so many hopes and dreams poured into a wedding dress…guess that’s why. I also love wedding cake toppers…I find it fascinating to see the style changes on such an iconic thing. Funny, I didn’t know what a “shell suit” was…looked it up…ugh, here they were called track suits…hideous things….suburban housewives shopping in grocery stores…we all don’t need to see that again. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I love vintage wedding dresses, especially if there’s a story behind them, such as handing down through the family. But yes, shell suits are the worst of track suits, although I loved mine…When I was ten. πŸ˜‰


  2. What a beautiful post! I am sure sorting through your grandfather’s things brings all sorts of memories to the surface – thank you for sharing them with us! I love how he has kept and labelled his bingo pens πŸ˜€
    It is funny you should mention nostalgia – I was using a face wipe last night to remove my make-up and the smell of it caught my nose and I had that weird sensation of nostalgia that smells often bring. It smelt exactly like some spot cream I used as a teenager and Green Day’s Welcome To Paradise immediately burst into my head! It was such a fleeting experience, and even when I sniffed the wipe again it didn’t invoke the same feeling. So I just stood in the bathroom feeling weird. Also I hope someone revives the mullet haircut at some point. Purely for comedy value, obviously.

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    1. Ah, thanks Lucy ☺️ His collection of bingo pens was a brilliant find but I’ve been a mess over the smallest of things and smells haven’t helped. I’m a proper sniffer and you’re right how they can take you back instantly. I end up looking like some crazed animal though if I can’t place the aroma!
      Even for comedy purposes, I think some things are best left alone!! πŸ˜‰

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