Ever wonder who lives in your beloved childhood home today? What they've done to the place? Which room they chose to celebrate a birthday in?
Toronto-created website Letters Home lets people get the answers to those nagging nostalgic questions.
The project relies entirely on contributions: Users write to the present occupants of their childhood home (they usually know the address) and ask them to respond with a story and photo. They also include the website's information page for context. If a response comes, it's then posted alongside the original letter online.
"It's where the past connects with the present," reads the website, which isn't limited to childhood homes. It can be the friend's house you went to every day after school, a garage you rehearsed in with your high-school metal band, a summer camp - any space that once felt like home.
Aside from quaint remembrance, the site also serves as therapy for some, including one woman who penned an angsty love letter to the Bronx house she lived in that recalls days of wearing wearing black, baking cookies and getting high to Depeche Mode on vinyl.
But lettershome.ca isn't the only enterprise tugging at our nostalgic heartstrings lately: Arcade Fire's interactive project The Wilderness Downtown let viewers type in the postal code of a childhood home and marvel as the site launches into a music video set on the street they grew up on.
The two sites aren't the only ones playing off our memories. Other favourites include:
Clearly, some memories are more painful than others.Report Typo/Error