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  1. ladyescribe
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    I’m late to the post but – 1) if you go back up the family tree far enough (and I’m not suggesting you have to do this), you will find some descendant somewhere who is longing to have old family photographs, regardless of the degree of relativity (so to speak); 2) if nothing else, find an archive (library, local historical society, family / genealogy group) that will catalog and preserve them. Someday, someone will come looking, and in the meantime, people who love looking at old photographs (me! me!) will have access to a trove, even if they don’t know the subjects depicted. :-)

  2. Laura V. Duta
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    is there no (local) museum interested in having them? one of my greatest passions in life is photography, and I see it as a wonderful way of documenting the every day life. how it was back when… I know I am amazed at the sight of our city from 50, or 80 years ago. at how the people where dressing, how the people were posing, etc. I believe these photos have (must have!) a documentary value of sorts.

  3. Marty Telles
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    These photos are history – not just for Ms. Bergen but for past times and places. I asked my nephew – our family historian – waht he would do and this was his response:

    — I’d look for the distant relative who is the self-appointed family historian and ask them if they’d like them. (I wish I had photos from the 1940’s and earlier from cousins who didn’t have kids.)
    — I’d pick out the few with historical value, scan them, and give them to the relevant societies. Or if I couldn’t scan them, I’d just send them.
    — I’d forward photos of friends either directly to them or—if they’re deceased—to their children/grandchildren.
    — I’d keep the albums as long as I could. The albums will be easy for someone else—who doesn’t have any emotional attachment—to dispose of.

  4. Allison Pflueger
    Allison Pflueger at | | Reply

    Just a thought. A great deal of thrift stores sell picture frames, maybe you could donate them and give them a home for awhile. Give the photo one last display. Heck, maybe someone will fall in love with the photo and keep it!

  5. rosemary weston
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    when my father”s mother died, my mother went through everything and if no relative or the local historical society was interested. she threw it away. i’m a pack rat and could never do that. there was a wonderful big red velvet family album that disappeared when my mother went into a nursing home. i would have loved having it and i know my neice would have too. a few years before my sister died, she and i went through all the family pictures that were left and she put them in an album with comments that we could remember or knew of the pictures occasion.

    memories are good to have even if they aren’t personal, but a reflection of a time past. pictures are a history of everyones lives. if it is an interesting picture, it isn’t quite so important if we don’t know those people were.

  6. Trudy James
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    I do end of life planning groups and get this question often. Some creative ideas I’ve heard are: making a story board to be displayed at their memorial and then discarded; donating photos to historical societies or libraries, having a ceremony and burning them reverently, sorting them and mailing old photos to old friends and/or younger relatives (if any), sorting them “one last time” and then putting them all in a marked container–for friends or for Goodwill. Any life review is beneficial when preparing for leaving this present existence.

  7. Judith
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    There’s is value to leaving no trace behind when we leave this

  8. L C Miller
    L C Miller at | | Reply

    If the photos have historical buildings are locations, give them to a Historical Society. Ask major universities and libraries, too.

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