I need to do something like this. I loved the article, Toni! I have pictures all over the house of my boys--and I love that Walgreen's can make your color photos black and white--so easy to coordinate!
My mom had copies of her family's photos made. Some of these were her grandparents' wedding photos and grandparents' family photos. You, know, the b/w pics where the entire family is in the photo, unsmiling, with Mother and Father seated in the front row and all the children (in my mom's family, there were always 8-15 kids in a family) lined up in two rows. Some pictures date back to the early 1900s and some in the 1920s. The clothing is wonderful and so are the facial features and hair styles of the times. My parents live in a 125 year old house and mom had these photos as part of her Victorian decor in the living room. I hope to inherit them someday. She made sure she got the names written down on the back of the family members so there at least is some record.
With the digital age, so many pictures are just taken and forgotten. It's these old photos and portraits that are passed down through the generations that I need to preserve, IMHO.