Okay, I really do understand that they are trying to develop a place where genealogists can directly search through the collections of ephemera sellers and antique dealers, but it still sounds like this is just a greedy mess waiting to happen.
As one who digs through photos on a constant basis, it is actually fairly rare to find photos and such with much identifying information. This leads me to worry that unscrupulous sellers will be busy, pens and pencils in hand, jotting names onto loose photographs in an effort to up their value.
Secondly, it does not say if the image itself is saved to the site once the original is gone. My personal opinion is that all history is meant to be shared, and the artifacts of a families history are no different. What happens when a picture of Great grandpa Lou pops up for sale but before you have the chance, a distant cousin orders it? Is his face lost to everyone else?
It will be very interesting to see how this works in the end. I’m going to check out the website and report back later. In the mean while, you should read this fantastic article about it! It is the very same article I first read, and includes many more details about the ‘start-up’ it’s self.
Side note: In the article they mention that YouWho plans to begin purchasing various forms of genephmera themselves to sell also. We’ll have to keep an eye out for how this effects the current pricing of genephemera items…