California state RR museum


10 years or so ago I sent the aforementioned museum a list of freight
cars I wanted photos of and they sent me back a letter telling me which
ones they had.

They sent me photocopies of prints that they had for a very reasonable
price ($0.25 each I think) and I ordered prints after eyeballing the
photocopies. I was very happy with the prints.

I don't know if they still do this.

The reasons prints are so expensive from libraries compared to vendors
like Bob's Photos is that they send the negatives out to be processed,
the photo processor makes a profit, the museum takes a few bucks for
themselves (not unreasonable to expect me to pay part of the salary of
the person doing the research)and the customer indirectly pays for
sending the negatives by insured mail.

I sent similar inquiries to other museums too. It's hard to believe
that I found a couple dozen photos I was looking for in the Kline-
Culotta book 10 years later. I'm still looking for photos!


Join { to automatically receive all group messages.