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Old 11-09-2005, 05:29 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I still have one of those old fashioned cameras that get negatives. I also have piles of pictures with the negatives. In all my life I have never taken a single negative back to the store to get copies. Seems to me they should probably be tossed at some point. Now-a-days it seems like a pretty easy process to get a copy from the actual picture. And yet my husband goes crazy when I try to toss those old negatives. What do you think?
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For me I find it easier to just keep the negatives. They really don't take up much room and while it is easier to reproduce now days from the picture what happens if the picture gets ruined? My mom used to keep all the negatives of her favorite pics and she stored them in a safe deposit box at the bank. That way if the house were to catch on fire we could still have our memories.
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I like to keep things like that at my parents house in case of fire or some other tragedy.

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I still have one of those old fashioned cameras that get negatives. I also have piles of pictures with the negatives. In all my life I have never taken a single negative back to the store to get copies. Seems to me they should probably be tossed at some point. Now-a-days it seems like a pretty easy process to get a copy from the actual picture. And yet my husband goes crazy when I try to toss those old negatives. What do you think?
Wow, good question. I guess the trick is to keep them in an acid free box or in the kind of photo album that has space for the pictures AND the negatives, to keep them all together and sorted. So far, I keep them all but I really have a LOT of pictures...definitely not very space-saving.
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You can get plastic sheets to store negatives from a photo supply store. They fit inside a binder. This could be a way to store a bunch of them in one place, plus you can label the page so you know what's what. I would definitely save them because if something happens to the original, you would want to be able to make a print.

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Also, prints from prints are far, far, lower quality than reprints from negatives. Especially if you ever wanted to enlarge them.

Put the negatives in a box or a binder, and stick them in a safety deposit box or a out of the way corner of a relatives house. You might not realise how precious they are to you now, but the moment a fire, flood, or hurricane hits your house, they'll be one of the very few things that are actually irreplacable. (Believe me, I'm still sweating bullets waiting to hear if my wedding negatives survived Hurricane Katrina.)

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I keep them labeled and in an acid free box. I think its a great idea to store them somewhere other then your house in case of fire or another tragedy! I am going to do that!

I saw a show called "Clean Sweep" and the host convinced the people to throw out all of their negatives. I am all for decluttering, but it just seemed like a really bad idea to me.

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keep them and not in your house. The bank is the best place. When I was 15 our next door neighbors house burned down and they lost everything including all their photos. They regretting not having the negative somewhere else because they can never get those pictures back.
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Wow- I have been throwing mine away for the last few years but am not rethinking...
Hmmm. What to do now?
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Keep in case the photos are damaged. It's best if you can organize them as you bring them home, but even unorganized is better than gone, right?!
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