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Consider a Donation or a Bequest

What's going to happen to Grampa's picture album when he is gone?

Who has any interest in pictures of people and places that they don't know anything about? Aside from family pictures, where is the interest in hanging on to old photographs that bring no memories or make no connections to the past?

Too often, in making enquiries about the possibility of photographs of an old soldier, we learn that no one knows what happened to them. They went somewhere to be tucked away - and were forgotten and eventually thrown out. Old treasures becoming useless junk because there is no longer any personal connection. It happens more often than most people realize.

Old photographs are an invaluable records of past events, changing landscapes, evolving communities and technologies. To historians and archivists old forgotten photos can be goldmines - if they have been properly preserved and identified. Even those that are damaged or faded with time can be repaired and revived through the new techniques of digital imagery.

If you have no further use for Grandfather's old photos you should consider donating them to a museum, or to a national, provincial or community archive.

If you care at all about what will happen to your memory treasure-chest, and want to protect them for posterity, there are secure repositories where they would be most welcomed, and where they would be available to future generations.

If you have photos relating to the Royal Canadian Signal Corps, and in particular the NWT&Y Radio System, please get in touch with us either at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum in Kingston, or here at the History Project. We would be delighted to receive your old albums, or copies of the photographs and other related documents and artifacts.

Contact us by e-mail or write to the Curator of the museum at:

Military Communications and Electronics Museum
Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston ON,
K7K 7B4

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