20    Jun 20143 comments

Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past

We recently wrote about smells that evoke nostalgic memories. Many claim that smell is the most powerful sense, as it brings up memories from the past. Sound is also powerful in that it helps us remember our childhood, and times gone by.

According to a recent article, Ryan Dube explains that for generations of early technology users, sounds of technologies from an earlier time can evoke powerful memories of childhood games, long nights of online chats, and new email messages.

Dube lists five top sounds from a time when technology was simpler and these sounds along with the technology that they accompanied was just being introduced into our daily lives.

1) The whir of the floppy drive:

Do you remember waiting as our computers tried hard to read data from floppy disks?  We would wait patiently as the floppy driver whirred away and we hoped that our disks were not too damaged to be read. Continue reading "Nostalgia: Sounds of technologies from the past" »

19    May 20142 comments

Nostalgia: Smells of the past

Nostalgia is defined as sentimentality about the past, typically for a time or place remembered with happy personal associations.

The word nostalgia comes from a combination of two Greek words, νόστος (nóstos), meaning "homecoming," and ἄλγος (álgos), meaning "pain, ache."

It is attributed to a 17th-century medical student to describe anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home.

It can be brought on by many different associations. Memories can be stirred when looking at old photos of people and places, listening to a song that takes you back to when you first heard it, or tasting something familiar from your childhood.

Sensory expert Professor Barry Smith says that "Smell, more than any other sense, can evoke powerful, emotional memories. Whole scenes of people, places and things can be brought back to life by the hint of a long forgotten scent." Continue reading "Nostalgia: Smells of the past" »

15    Mar 20130 comments

Photos: Family images then and now

Photographs are a great inspiration to see family similarities from past and present.

Argentine photographer Irina Werning's photography series - "Back to the Future" - shows us a new way to explore and preserve photographic memories.

A trip back in time, photographer Irina Werning

A trip back in time, photographer Irina Werning

Like many of us, Irina loves old photographs and preserving family memories. In a way to document the present family,  she take an older photograph from childhood or from the past, and replicates it with the same people years later.

Together, the two photos show family history coming alive in the present, and is a great way to link memories from our childhood to adulthood.

Have you ever tried to give a recent photo a vintage look or emulate an old family photograph? If so, share the photograph or link to your photo in the comments section below, or share on our Facebook pageTwitter or Google +.

12    Mar 20131 comment

Childhood Memories: MyHeritage’s family party

The MyHeritage family came together to relive childhood memories at our annual costume party.

This year’s theme was “Childhood Comeback,” dressing up in costumes from our childhood. People dressed as their favorite superhero, nostalgic cartoon characters, role models and as historic figures.

The winning costumes of the night were Shrek and Fiona. What do you think of their costume?

Continue reading "Childhood Memories: MyHeritage’s family party" »

4    Mar 201377 comments

Photo of the Week: Guess who?

Are you recognizable in your childhood photos?

At MyHeritage, we want to challenge you. Can you guess the identity of famous celebrities from their childhood photos?

On a weekly basis, we'll share a celebrity photo, offer a few clues, and see if you can identify the person.

Can you guess who this is?

Here are a few clues:

  • This person has been an actor, businessman and politician.
  • This person chose bodybuilding as a career at age 14.
  • This person made their American TV debut alongside Lucille Ball.

Think you know the answer? Leave a comment below. You can also ask for more clues that have yes or no answers.

Good luck!

21    Feb 20134 comments

Childhood: Your first memory?

In my Florida childhood days

Recently someone asked about my first childhood memory. I began to think about some of my “first” moments. My first steps, the first taste of candy, or my first word.

But were these really my own memories or just stories about these events told to me by my parents?

We all have memories of growing up, but it's difficult to distinguish between those we really remember and those our families repeated throughout our childhoods.

Scientists believe that, from age 3, a child begins to retain images and events from his or her life. These often relate to our family - especially our parents - and animals.

One of my first memories was of water.

Continue reading "Childhood: Your first memory?" »

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