Researching and collecting old Framingham has been a hobby of mine for many years. I was born in the town, and lived and worked in Framingham for over 20 years.
I used to enjoy sharing my collection, posting pictures I found, either at the Library, the History Center, or more often or not, some I’d found over 30 years of collecting at flea markets, yard sales, and estate sales. People would enjoy the photos, read the narrative, and comment.
It’s not much fun anymore, when my work is found by people whose only work involves opening google, downloading search term results, then re-post, claiming the photos are from their own collection. Facebook has a page called “You Know You’re From Framingham When..” where a man named Paul Mitchell seems to think that whatever he finds by googling “Framingham” has been “found” exclusively by him. I’ve seen pictures I took myself back in the 1960’s, re-posted with comments like “I found this” and narratives at the end like “tomorrow, I’ll dig out some more” as though he had a closet or box full of personal stuff that’s been hidden from the public for years.
Well, Paul, the well has run dry for you. I have lots of stuff in my own personal collection which won’t be out there anymore for you to steal as your own. Research is work, taking years, with lots of good luck. Maybe someday you’ll find something interesting on your own. More likely not, as sitting in your room using Google has become your tool of convenience.