A dustman was in the news this week because he’s collected more than 5,000 photos of the First World War which were thrown out in the 1970s and ’80s.
Bob Smethurst apparently noticed pictures and hung on to them at a time when he believed veterans were dying and their possessions were being dumped by families and friends who didn’t know what else to do with them.
Setting aside the somewhat alarming nature of someone going through your rubbish, the collection does feature some wonderful and very emotive images.
Although I think that he’s performed a great public service, I also can’t help but feel a little grossed out.
I now very much appreciate the advice that you should always shred anything containing personal details.