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Treasure Hunt 1/04/18


01/11/18



Dear Donna,

We have thousands of black and white photos from my family. I don’t even know most of the people in them. Some are dated 1936 and some into the 1940s. I don’t want to throw them away if there could be any interest in them or value. What do I do with them? Is there any value?

Erin from Bedford
 
Dear Erin,
If they are just family subjects then I think you are safe to do what you want with them. If some have anyone famous in them that you can determine, then you should have those looked at. If some are war photos, again, have them looked at.
It doesn’t take long for a professional to go through photos. Your question is a very common one. We get people in my shop with boxes of photos. Most are common subjects, but once in a while you can find some interesting ones with value.
I enjoy using them as price tags and other fun projects. So go through them and if you find none are of an interesting person, subject, etc., do with them what you want. In order for you to pass on history you would have needed to know it yourself. This is why I always say document your photos so the next generation will know the subjects and why they might want to keep them.
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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