As newspapers find themselves in a bind as to what to do with their "libraries" of negs and prints, some are just tossing them in the garbage, with lots of history lost forever. The Toronto Sun sent all their history to Barrie for storage and who knows how long that will last. This story from a Toronto Sun Family blog for former and current Sun employees tells a different tale.
TSF posted a tip several months ago that the Toronto Sun boxed all of its Tely/Sun negatives and shipped them to Barrie for storage.
The Baltimore Sun has come up with a more productive use of its vast collection of negatives.
A marketwire.com press release says the paper has decided to digitally preserve all of its photos - roughly two million negs - and offer original prints to "consumers, collectors, photo enthusiasts and historians."
The Baltimore Sun is using Advanced Image Archiving for its digital photo archive About 200,000 photos have been digitally preserved and are on sale online.
Prices vary according to rarity of the print.
The press release says a Baltimore staff photo of the 1923 Yankees featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig recently fetched $4,400.
Other popular high-ticket photo subjects include Triple Crown winners War Admiral and Secretariat, as well as Army-Navy football games and Marilyn Monroe.
"Our photo archive documents life in Maryland over the years and captures some of the most poignant moments in our history, both locally and nationally," said Tim Thomas, Baltimore Sun Media Group senior vice president of business development. "We're now making this treasure trove available to the public."
The defunct Toronto Telegram's photo archives would be a gold mine and there are Toronto Sun photos not currently available that would be in demand.
Newspaper photos are history and their hapless treatment at some newspapers is criminal