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Will I be sorry I threw out my old photos?

 

I spent the last two days going through three huge boxes of old photos from the pre-computer days with the original intent of scanning them to my computer.

Instead I threw the vast majority into the recycle bin.

Why?

  • The photos were not the greatest quality as I didn’t have a good camera in those days.
  • I’m not and never have been a good photographer. I blame this on poor eyesight and (more accurately) lack of real interest.
  • I had three questions as I looked through the pictures. Where is this? What is this? Who is this? If I couldn’t answer even one of those questions, I junked the photo.
  • Very often a fourth question came to mind. Why ever did I take this picture? And to the junk pile it went.

What did I keep?

  • Pictures of family, but only the ones of people I recognized and remembered. Why, oh why didn’t someone label those old photos, I asked myself as I leafed through them. And then, in the quandary of deciding what to do with each one, this question popped into mind. What, I thought, is the point of keeping a picture of some relative I don’t remember? How would I explain who he or she was to my granddaughter? And why would my granddaughter care about a stranger?

Will I regret the great “cull?”

  • I don’t think so.
  • I hope not.

Did I make a huge mistake?

What do you think?

What have you done with your old photos?

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7 comments on “Will I be sorry I threw out my old photos?

  1. I love looking at old pictures. I have had to get rid of some as well but I kept the good ones, ones that mean something. My brother made a collage of some old pictures from mom’s place. There are only so many one can keep.

  2. I’ll be scanning (high resolution) all my pictures, then organizing them into trips, houses, relatives, etc. I hope to make them interesting enough with captions to entice the kids, now 50 & 52, to look at them. They can be the ones to discard. As far as the hardcopy, I’ll probably throw them away.

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