I was delighted to see photos of my husband when he was a small child and quickly got out my portable scanner.
This is the first time I have seen a photo of his grandmother.
Four of his eight siblings.
These are just a few of the photos that I scanned. In all but two of these photos, George is the only sibling in the photo.
Now for my question. . .
Should the original photos be given to the person in the picture, if no other person is in it?
After having kept these photos from the family for several years, my brother-in-law has given the album to my sister-in-law who scanned all of the photos and put them on a DVD for each sibling. She is now the keeper of the photo album.
I realize that I have scanned copies of these photos, which I am very happy to have, but the originals have slightly different coloration, texture and the sweet curly cuts on the sides, not to mention the date. These photos are the archaeology of my husband's childhood, of his joy and pleasure, they show the innocence of his youth.
However, in this digital age that we now live in does it really matter if I have the original photograph?
Am I being, overly sensitive because George is no longer with us or do I have a valid point.
I would really like to know what your opinions are on this subject.
Should old family photos be given to the person who is in the picture or their decendents or is a scanned copy good enough?