One sentence really caught my attention because it's something I really struggle with.
An accurate statement, in my opinion. But how many years does it take before you decide to toss an old photo? How hard to you look for that somebody, somewhere who knows about that old picture? How hard and long do you look for that piece of information, that tiny clue to open the story of the photo? The answer is going to vary from person to person. So what are some of the factors that play into answering this question? Here are a few that I came up with.If an old image sits around for years and nobody can be found who knows anything about it, do you really need to keep it? (No)
- How important is the picture to you? How important do you think it might be?
- What other items or photos are with the picture that you found that could potentially provide clues?
- Is there anyone living in your family who might know something or someone that could give you the answers you seek or at least some leads?
- How many items like this do you have?
- How much room do you have to store these types of items?
- How much time and effort do you want (or are able) to put into your search?
- How broadly do you want to search? Immediate family? Extended family? Message boards? Historical Societies?
- Is there anyother family member who would like to have the photos?
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