I've been designated the administratrix of my father's sister's estate. In going through the house, I found albums of photos. My aunt did not have any children to pass them along to. I was never close to that family, so I am not really interested in them, either. It's mainly of her and my uncle, their friends and scenery from probable vacations. It seems a shame to toss them. What should I do?
Just a thought. If there is a historical society in your town or where the estate is loacted and depending on the subjet matter of the pictures, they might be interrested in as the picture might show the fasions of the time and things like that.Or you could see if there is a photo group ( or even an individual) in the town that might be interrested in them.
Hope that helps,
Yes, like last person said; pleaseee don't toss them as there may come a time that someone in your family may want them for one of many projects. You just never know.
Now I would likely toss them. Everyone is so conscious of history today that your local society likely has more than they want. They have become a dumping ground for things that people just can't bring themselves to throw away.
You have enough to deal with right now. You don't need px of unknown scenery and people you were not close to.
On the other hand, if there are any other relatives have them take the px to review first and then toss the ones they don't want.
Yes, historical society, local museum, or even an antique store. I've seen many old portraits for sale.
My DGM was pretty good about labeling pictures and portraits. However, I found one in my DMs things that just has "Durham relative" written on the back. She's a darling little girl with high button shoes. The photographer was Basil Clemons 1925. A good portion of his collection is at the UT Arlington Texas library. I don't know who she is, but I hope to find a vintage frame and hang her in the room with the old oak bedroom suite DM left to me.
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Certainly your father had a address book. Take joy in calling his friends over for coffee and pie..let them go through the albums and take what photos they what.
People take pictures to remember "the day" or "the event" . You probably have these names also in your fathers guest book if there was a funeral.
I was at a thrift store yesterday and in the furniture section sitting on the shelf there was
a large photo of a WW2 VET in his uniform. I thought wow how did that get there, and wondered if he had no "family". We took a picture of him and put it up on the web..and let them know where he was.
Contact your Uncle and any of the relatives on "that side of the family" that you can reach via phone, mail, e-mail or whatever. What might seem useless to you could very well be priceless to them.
Hi WL, I would not go to the trouble of trying to locate anyone that possibly could be in or know someone who is in that photo album.
I love old photos and used to buy them at auction when I had my shop. There are people who are interested in old photos whether they are relatives or not.
My advice is to contact (if you want to take the time) an ephemera or paper dealer. An auction house or antique shop should be able to recommend someone.
An easier answer might be to donate them to the salvation army or Goodwill. Then for sure the person buying them will want them.
When I had my shop I used vintage photos to have postcards made up and these were what I used as "shop cards" Your albums would not have much (if any) monetary value. Depends on what the subject is and how old they are.This message has been edited. Last edited by: lady of shallot,
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