The world is not going to collapse from the accumulated weight of National Geographics, but instead from the mass of photo albums and scrapbooks documenting every day life. The problem is that each succeeding generation adds its photo albums to all photo albums accumulated since the beginning of photography. Eventually, the total weight of scrapbooks and photographs will exceed the weight of the earth, with cataclysmic consequences.
The first photo albums were created in the 1850’s, and in the early 1900’s more than a million photo albums were made each year. By the 2000’s, over 100 million photo albums and photo books were being created each year. At this rate of growth, the total mass of photo albums will exceed the mass of the earth in less than a thousand years. We have a serious problem.
Here is my solution:
- Create meaningful albums that combine multiple events, rather than individual albums that have greater combined weight.
- Minimize the use of superfluous stickers, paper, and decorations that increase weight.
- Develop a scrapbook recycling program to donate scrapbooks to those in need.
- Create photo books instead of scrapbooks. They are lighter.
- Support space research so that we can transport scrapbooks to other planets.
We need to be creative. Please let me know if you have any other solution to the growing scrapbook and photo album problem.
By the way, I have no idea what I am going to do with the huge number of photo albums my parents have created.