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I’m starting to run into batches of photos and documents that fall
into a category I did not expect to have- people who acknowledge
that a batch of photos is from their family, but who either do not
want the photos or who don’t respond or respond very slowly,
multiple days between responses.
Lost Photos’ mission statement is “To collect and preserve
historical photos and other media, make the material available to
the public online at no cost, and return the material to surviving
family members on request.”
If someone refuses their photos, I will throw the photos away
because that is their request.
If someone claims a batch of photos as theirs, but refuse to say
what they want done with the photos, they are not requesting the
return of their photos and the photos can’t be scanned and posted to
the web site. Saying they want the photos, but refusing to say how /
where they want the photos returned ('I want the photos but I won’t
tell you where to send them / drop them off”) will be considered a
refusal to say what they want done with the photos. Because both
paths (return vs. scan and post) to deal with the photos are
blocked, after a point in time no less than 2 weeks after they claim
a batch of photos as theirs, the photos will be thrown away, with a
minimum of 2 weeks warning to them before that happens.
If someone claims a batch of photos as theirs, wants the photos, and
maintains active contact with Lost Photos, and there is a logistics
issue (grandma died in California, left multiple tote boxes there,
rest of family is on the east coast, and neither Lost Photos nor the
family can afford shipping), then the photos will not be thrown away
and will be saved until shipment can be arranged.
Regarding the mission statement, it says that photos will be visible
to the public for free, but it does not say that photos will be
returned to their family for free. This was an error on my part- I
meant that photos will be visible to the public for free, and that
photos will be returned to their families for free. There is an
exception I should clarify here- the additional cost of returning
the photos to the families (gas for local deliveries, shipping for
deliveries outside of southern California) will be covered by Lost
Photos, unless that cost is beyond Lost Photos’ ability to cover
(ex: multiple tote boxes shipped to the other side of the country).
If there is a shipping charge that can’t be covered by Lost Photos
and the family pays for shipping, only the cost of shipping will be
paid by the family. The cost to Lost Photos of acquiring the photos
will never be paid by the family.
Update: Several new Sets of photos. Returned 3 sets to
their families, 15 sets total. Lots of scanning, cropping,
Family 22 is up. It's
the Doull / Tothill / Redman / Bailey family. 1,535 images in
Donations page up and running at Crowdrise.
Family 21 is up again, now
with 1,989 images in this set. I thought the first packet of
photos, 343 of them, was a separate family, in a larger box with
packets of photos from other families. I was wrong. This
is probably still a multi-family group of photos, but there are
photos from the same family in different packets.
Family 21 is up. It's
the Hoiten family. 343 images in this set.
Just posted Family 20, which appears to be the Caulfield / Ritter /
Southard family. 619 images in this set.
Scanned all of slides so I could put them in storage. About 16,000
slides when I get around to formatting and posting them.
Just posted family 19, a multi-family batch of photos. Found one
real-life family, whose photos won't be posted. Their photos will be
returned to them for free.
Family 19 is split into two pages.
Family 19 has photos I couldn't separate into sub-groups.
Family 19-A has photos I could
separate into sub-groups. 2,585 images in this set.
I collect photos, then try to find living family members and return the
photos, then (if I can't find living family members) scan and post the
photos. I've been collecting new batches of photos these last few
months. Currently closer to 30,000 new photos, at max capacity in my
work area, so it's time to shift to scanning.
Just posted family 18, the family of Dr Alfred Guido Randolph Schloesser,
whose daughter (Daisy Schloesser) married Eric E Eastman (student and
instructor at Iowa State College's agronomy department in the 1910's.
1,344 images in this set.
5 batches of photos (total) returned to surviving friends / family members. Some returned in person, some returned by mail (no charge).
Accumulating photos faster than I can process them. Currently feeding the slide scanner. Should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 15,000 to 20,000 new images if (when!) I get caught up.
Acquired a batch of paperwork and a few photos about a gentleman who served in a bomber group in WWII. Paperwork included assorted WWII military forms, post-war VA paperwork, stories about his life, medical paperwork up to the 2000's, DOB, and SSN. His daughter was mentioned in the genealogy section, with enough information and a name that was unusual enough to identify this surviving family member. The daughter was contacted and all of her father's paperwork and photos were returned to her at no cost.