Normally people do not hang very much in their hallways; spaces our small, and there are usually odd spaces due to light switches and such. This is a perfect place for displaying your family photos.
There are several things you can do to frame your photos inexpensively. Often times, old photos are already framed. Refinishing old frames can be a snap, by repainting the frame with acrylic water base paint and then a little high Shine clear varnish spray does the job well. You can also purchase inexpensive frames at many dollar stores. They usually have a good an assortment of frames which will give you an interesting look to your hallway. Antique stores are other places where older looking frames could also be purchased.
Placing the name of those in the photo on the back of the frame, along with the date will help for quick reference.
Some other things you might consider framing are signatures. They can be scanned from old letters and enlarged, then framed. This technique really works will if the slightly enlarged signature is printed on special printer paper which looks like it is aged paper. You can find all sorts of printer paper in any stationery or office supply stores.
There are also other things you might consider framing and displaying, Military photos are always a great display and so are photos of your family immigrant ships. These are areas of display which will be discussed in future articles. Each of these two kinds of photos call for special consideration and special ways to be displayed.
In many homes, at least one hallway is in clear view, allowing you to share your family heirlooms with your friends and family as they enter your home. If the hallway is not in clear view take time to show your project of your family history in your home. In sharing, you may also spread the joy and pride of collecting family heirlooms to others.
The accompanying photo is an example of how one might display photos in a hallway, with limited space.
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