Countdown. There are only a few more months left in the 20th century, or maybe another year or so, depending on your preference of millennium start dates. While many people are fretting about the Big Picture, we're also interested in the small picture.
Snapshots help us reminisce
Newspapers tend to focus on what's new -- what's out of the ordinary, what's different or bizarre, what's important, fashionable or proclaimed cool. It's a daily record of how life evolves.
However, newspapers are also vehicles of recordation, source material for the study of everyday life. There's a tendency to find other times -- either in the past or the future -- more interesting than we find modern times. After all, our lives today seem so ... ordinary.
But what seems ordinary today will be of interest in the future. As a millennium project, we begin today something we're calling "Everyday Life in the 20th Century," comprising pictures sent in by readers, and occasionally, historic images that will remind us of how things have changed in the last 100 years.
What we want are pictures of everyday life, well-shot images of how we live our lives today. You don't have to be a professional photographer; sometimes the most illuminating images are snapshots.
Think as a future anthropologist might -- what was life like for the average person in the late 1900s? What did people wear? What did they drive? What did the average street corner look like? How did you do your job? It's a celebration of the average, but that doesn't mean it isn't important.
Everyday Life will run Fridays in the Star-Bulletin, and a selection of photos will appear here after New Year 2000. Send snapshots and a description of what's going on in your photo to EVERYDAY LIFE, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, P.O. Box 3080, Honolulu, HI 96813, or e-mail JPEGs or TIFFs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos will not be returned.
Remember, in just a short time, the 1900s will be history.
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