Photo Dilemma - Please Help

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Posted 1/4/2014 by LilacGal in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 44,256
August 2002
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Loc: Mooresville, NC

Posted: 1/4/2014 3:59:15 PM
Hello Peas!

I need some help. My husband was cleaning out the garage and came across a shoe box I had put about two dozen packs of developed photos into. I went through them all and pulled out the very few that were of family. The rest are of friends and trips I took in college. I don't really keep in contact with most of these people and I honestly don't even know who some of them are! I know they were important at some point but now, their stories are lost because I just don't remember. That makes me a bit sad. What should I do with all these pictures?

Aside from putting them into a photo box, I'm at a loss. I don't really have any attachment to them but the thought of throwing away any photos makes me cringe. These are from predigital days. When they're gone, they're gone. I halfway want to just toss the entire box but the scrapper inside of me says preserve! Preserve! Preserve!

Any suggestions?

(As a total aside, the inner scrapper sounds a lot like a Dalek when it shouts at me. )



PeaNut 599,360
January 2014
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Loc: Central Florida
Posted: 1/4/2014 4:04:40 PM
I found 3 boxes of things from high school last night. I talk to all of maybe 5 people from high school. I can't imagine myself throwing them out. I mean who knows you could happen to talk to them one day and become awesome friends again and then regret throwing out pics of them. I'm thinking about scanning mine... takes up less room. If I do that I'll put it on a thumb drive marked with what's on it. You just never know. It's something you could regret doing and never get back, but if you throw them out after scanning them, or good ones anyway, you won't have to worry about your actions.


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PeaNut 408,786
January 2009
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Posted: 1/4/2014 4:15:52 PM
I just can't throw any photos away. I identify who/what/where/why when I can and put all photos (decent ones anyway) into pocket pages.



PeaNut 81,992
April 2003
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Loc: Jersey

Posted: 1/4/2014 4:24:51 PM
I would just box them your you Doha e a reunion you may eventually be able to put names to faces etc

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PeaNut 553,290
May 2012
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Loc: NJ

Posted: 1/4/2014 4:47:53 PM
Take it from me and don't throw them out . I did that on two separate occasions and so regret it now. One set of pictures were of a family I was close to when in my late teens. I had lost contact with them...they moved away...she "found" me to tell me her son had died of a brain tumor and we have remained in contact ever since. I sure wish I had all those photos of her son so I could give them to her in a memory book. The second set of pictures were of a little girl I babysat for her first 5 years. I have no idea what made me throw them out,but I so regret it. I was invited to her 16th birthday party and wished I could have made a mini album of her years with me. You never know what the future holds so please try to not throw them away.

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PeaNut 3,602
April 2000
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Loc: Massachusetts

Posted: 1/5/2014 9:31:22 AM
Scan and post a photo or two on Instagram/FB for Throwback Thursday. People might pop up and fill in some blanks for you.

Christi in MA
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PeaNut 44,256
August 2002
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Loc: Mooresville, NC

Posted: 1/5/2014 12:17:12 PM
Thanks for the help. I knew I should listen to that voice that told me not to throw them out. Right now, I'm going to just put them into a photo box. If I'm every around this group of people again, I'll bring the box with me. I appreciate your help!!


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