They really ought to release scans of them now, as-is. First, this will make
them available now to historians and others with an interest in the pioneers,
and, equally important, it will keep people from saying that they've later
been "doctored" in an effort at historical revisionism.
Fond memories and reminders of those with pioneer heritage. My grandmother was
born the next day in Draper, UT. She served as president for many years in the
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers organization, and never let us forget our great
legacy.Those were exciting times for an industrious, sacrificial and
committed people. How fortunate to have these memories preserved.
Conservation of historical photographs is not "doctoring." Old glass
negatives like these need to be cleaned and stored carefully to preserve their
original details. Each image also will need to be researched and people, places,
and dates will need to be cataloged and indexed precisely so people can find and
enjoy them.This story also shows the importance of making
institutions like the Church, the U and BYU of original photographs and
negatives that may be sitting in an attic. For people who do not want to donate
the originals, they often can get advice on preservation -- and have the
institution scan the rare photographs so that they are not lost to fire, theft,
flood or accident. Priceless photographs are thrown out every day.
In the second photo, those are girls, not women.
The pictures of the funeral on Main Street are on display at Trolley Square,
second floor. I think they have been there since the 70's.Glad
to know the originals are intact.