I remember a time when I was not a bit interested in long dead family members and their photos. However, things have changed over the last 15 or 20 years for me. I'm so glad I have these. I hope my son keeps them long enough until he gets to the age to care about having them. If the originals get away, I have them all scanned, high quality, backed up, electronic copy in bank safe deposit box - the works.
For those who are lucky enough to have these precious photos, please make the time to protect them (and your newer photos) from the worst. One fire, tornado, flood, crashed hard drive can take them from us in a split second. Get a scanner, learn how to use it, back up your hard drive, or pay someone to do it for you. Think about it. Enough preaching. Please enjoy my ancestors.