WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY'S OLD PICTURES

TO MOST PEOPLE THIS PICTURE IS JUST A GUY ON A COW BUT TO THE MANITO HISTORICAL SOCIETY IT IS MUCH MORE THAN THAT.  MANY OLD PICTURES, EVEN IF THE SUBJECT IS A  PERSON UNKNOWN TO YOU, HAVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION IN THE BACKGROUND.  THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER  OF "GUY ON COW" REVEALS STORE NAMES, ITEMS FOR SALE, AND MANY OTHER THINGS FROM A VIEW NOT OTHERWISE SEEN.  BUILDINGS WITH SIGNIFICANT DATES ARE ALSO VISIBLE ALLOWING US TO DETERMINE A DATE RANGE.  MANY TIMES THE ONLY PICTURES WE HAVE OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS IS WHEN THE BUILDINGS PROVIDED BACKGROUND FOR PICTURES OF PEOPLE OR OTHER ITEMS.  IF YOU INHERIT OLD PICTURES, PLEASE DON'T DISPOSE OF THEM BUT LET US LOOK THROUGH THEM FOR HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE INCLUDING BUILDINGS AND SIGNS.  WE WOULD LIKE TO AT LEAST SCAN THEM AND PROMISE TO RETURN THEM AS SOON AS THEY HAVE BEEN COPIED. 

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