Yesterday I spent the afternoon wandering around the collection of Antique Stores in Old Towne Orange, Ca., looking for a Vintage Radio Microphone, as a possible prop for my YouTube Videos.
I did not find what I was looking for, and got a better idea anyway, but it was both fascinating, and depressing, to wander around these stores.
Fascinating because of all the cool, beautiful, and strange, stuff one encounters, not to mention these places are a Book, and Record Album, Lovers Wet Dream (Books as old as 1870, in excellent condition, for as little as $10!).
Depressing, from a Genealogy perspective, because of the beautiful (Yes, even a simple B &W image of a person, with no backround, can be beautiful.) Daguerreotypes, photographs, and portraits going back to, at least, the Civil War.
Big ones, small ones, Family Group Photos, High School or College Team Photos, Company Photos, and more, many with names, dates, locations, and messages of all sorts written on the back, all seemingly lost for all time to the descendants of the people in these fascinating glimpses into the past.
Oh, and please don't get me started on the Family Bibles, and Personal Diaries, one encounters as well.
I wonder if there are people out there, in the Genealogy Community, that specialize in re-uniting these lost Photographic Souls, and written treasures, with those who will value, and cherish, them not as opportunities to make money, but as the valuable Family Heirlooms that they are?