Re: C&O MW Photos
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All too familiar a situation, in spite of more people thinking that anything having to do with railroads is worth a fortune.
I have two brothers; the younger knows to a penny what an old snare drum is worth, but is totally unable to conceive of the value of anything having to do with a railroad. The older has a somewhat better idea, but still would not know what to do in the event of my demise.
The situation is somewhat exacerbated because my negative collection is mostly MofW and cabooses, which few railfans and historians care about.
You should ask your sweetheart: "If these negatives were five-dollar bills, would you throw them away?"
John C. La Rue, Jr.
Bonita Springs, FL
From: Garth Groff and Sally Sanford <mallardlodge1000@...>
Sent: Mon, May 18, 2020 4:43 pm
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] C&O MW Photos
I've considered that. My C&O/CSX negatives number over 500, plus around 200 for the Buckingham Branch Railroad (which I'm sure they would want), and more for lines associated with the C&O: Nelson & Albemarle, Shenandoah Valley, Rock Ten Paper, Shepherd Grain . . . Ouch! Someday they're going to get a CD, which should have the ID info attached to each image. First I owe their President an article on the Nelson & Albemarle which I wrote before I had health issues, but have never gotten back to finishing the photos.
My push right now is to get all my negatives scanned up and Photoshopped. I've nearly finished most of my binders including all the Virginia stuff since I moved to Charlottesville. The two big ones binders from California going back to the 1960s are maybe half done, but that still leaves maybe 2,000 images to work up.
Before I die, I hope to send all my stuff to various museums, since my sweetheart says when I go, it all goes too . . . right into the trash.
Garth Groff 🦆