shlustig wrote:Unfortunately, several collections including those of Al Shade and Lou Sabetto have been lost due to the stubborness and/or carelessness of the owners.
Both Al and Lou began photographing in the early 1940's but could never be convinced to organize and catalog their collections.
Just some more examples of why owners should make proper arrangments for the disposal of their collections prior to their own demise.
This hits a nerve with me as I am in that boat. I have a superb timetable collection especially back in the 40's and 50's when there was a big difference in railroad operations over what is today. I have nearly every New Haven Employee Timetable back to about 1925 or so. I have a complete inventory which took me six years to do. Value is hard to place on this kind of stuff but I have issued all sorts of instructions as to what is to happen to my collection. It will definately go to a trusted friend from the Albany area who also collects this sort of materials and appreciates this sort of paper. I have had all sorts of suggestions and ideas but I did not want to give it to some so called historical outfit where it might end up in someone's attic or cellar and eventually fade away. Some of the associations are run by a small group (I call them clicks) and are totally out of control. I know of at least one outfit that this fits to a "T". Fellow collectors I urge you to give this some thought and talk it in over with other collectors. Some of them do not want any more stuff no matter what, I can't absorb another's collection at this point and many of my railroad friends are in the same boat. The most important thing at least to me is to keep my collection intact and provide somebody with something that they can enjoy just like I have for a long time. Of course my collection was enhanced by various railroaders who helped me add some very interesting timetables and other items. They include various Engine House Foremen, Engine Dispatchers, Trainmasters, Road Foremen, Rules Supervisors and Examiners, Ticket Agents and Union people all of whom I owe a lot of thanks for their help. Thanks to some of these fine folks I was able to "clean out more than one store room, office or cabinet full of junk". I cleaned out facilities in Waterbury, Stamford, Grand Central Terminal and Oak Point. My first public timetable came from the Ticket Agent in Torrington, Connecticut way back around 1948 or so and my first employee timetable came from an official of the New Haven Railroad in 1954. I still have both of them too. I absolutely agree with SHL, please do not let your cherished stuff fade away, provide for its future before it is too late. Thank you for opening this up and reading this.