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Old 05-31-2017, 03:33 PM
 
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After two family deaths, I have a closet full of photos. I never look thru them and have no one to
leave them to. I have no desire to scan them to a USB I'll never look at... Do you regret discarding them or did it help to move on?
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Old 05-31-2017, 05:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I never heard of such a thing...I have five boxes of photo albums.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:20 PM
 
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I have not thrown away photos. My son helped me to put VHS tapes into digital format. It was actually hard for me to throw away the VHS tapes, even though I now had everything on the computer and on disks, and even though I no longer had anything to play them on! You do raise an interesting point, however. If there is no one who will know who these people are, are the picures still valuable? I have never liked the saying that we never die as long as someone remembers us. After all, there are countless "little people" in history who, centuries later, are not remembered at all.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I'll keep a few photo's of the grandparents, parents, and so on. I have to throw them out in small batches. The younger generation thinks I should keep all of their stuff and junk. I don't want your kindergarten diploma.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:27 PM
 
Location: coastlines
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After two family deaths, I have a closet full of photos. I never look thru them and have no one to
leave them to. I have no desire to scan them to a USB I'll never look at... Do you regret discarding them or did it help to move on?

I am touched by your post, OP.

Seems you are pulled between two places--keep or discard.

I understand not wanting to scan them.

And I wonder how long ago were the deaths in your family.

Sometimes when I don't know what to do, I find it's best to wait.

Because I have regretted discarding items when I "thought I should."

Other possibilities may arise you've not yet considered.

Is it possible that there's an out of the way place to store them until you're more clear?

One possibility might be to save the very best of them, as a way to honor your family.

You'll know what to do and when.

In the meantime, maybe you can ask yourself why you'd like to rid yourself of them.

Best wishes as you find your way.
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Old 06-01-2017, 03:18 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Exactly Sansea!

Yes, I have discarded some picture's and did not regret it! Now family Bibles are a whole different story.

Not meaning to change the subject, but ????. I'm hoping this will not annoy the moderators and subject me to being dinged!!
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I am so glad to have pictures of my son & our life together. I will never throw them away.
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:08 PM
 
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After two family deaths, I have a closet full of photos. I never look thru them and have no one to
leave them to. I have no desire to scan them to a USB I'll never look at... Do you regret discarding them or did it help to move on?
I have culled photos many times throughout the years, and only kept favorites. It doesn't make me feel bad.
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I shredded some the other day. Shredded hundreds before I moved. I keep all of the old ones that are 60+ years old.
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Old 06-05-2017, 04:21 PM
 
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I shredded some the other day. Shredded hundreds before I moved. I keep all of the old ones that are 60+ years old.
That's odd, I would think you would keep the newer ones and discard the old ones? Was that a typo?
I've inherited photos soo old that I don't know who the people are in them.
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