I was helping my mother with some genealogical research into her family and found some old photos from the late 19th century and early 20th century in a collection of early photographs from my home state in our state library. Fortunately it did not take a lot of work to find those that were relevant to my family. I found it very rewarding and it made me more than a little bit nostalgic.
I too love the way those old emulsions (mainly glass plate) render and wish my monochrome photos looked half as good as some of these. Sadly though my grandfather was as keen a photographer as I am (apparently) his photos were thrown away as no one cared about them. As he travelled extensively as a young man this is not just a loss to my family but also to historians.
A few of those I came across
My Great Grandfather
My Great Grandfather (on the left) riding a camel (yeh I know!)
One of his sons (which would make him a great uncle or something)
Another great uncle who looks frighteningly like me.