I really wonder how things related to old tech /
engineering are being
done in the world. I think certain things need to be financed by
someone who has a steady income and can afford to have a decades-long
mission to do this or that, usually for the good of humanity.
Perhaps collectors on this list should rethink their options. Maybe
start a church.
This is a problem that has been going on for a long time: Think of the
Egyptian Pharaohs: They had amazing stuff, it was buried with them in
massive pyramids, and within a few generations it was looted and
probably melted down into junk lost to history. People didn't care. Took
thousands of years before people actually cared about the remaining loot
boxes and to be honest it's only been 100 years so it's quite possible
King Tut's junk will be trashed when the next revolution comes (see ISIS).
Honestly the best idea may be to bury this stuff in concrete and sink it
in a deep hole somewhere. Stuff is used, then worthless, then suddenly
valuable and cherished when it's almost all gone.
To be honest, the best thing that can happen is if prices for this stuff
skyrocket on Ebay and stay there. People take better care of things they
pay a lot of $$$ for and while I know people pish posh selling it on
Ebay to the highest bidder it's probably the best way to make sure it
gets taken care of as opposed to a "donation" that is treated like junk
because it was "free".
I saw this happen with early Porsche 911's. They were nice, then
worthless then you couldn't give the damn things away. Now they go for
100-300k. I'm trying to convince my dad to just trade his 68 911L for
the best Porsche that Stuttgart can build so it can go to their museum
and they will actually value the little thing....
I just gave away a Megaframe, a pretty priceless little thing. I hope by
now they are rare enough that the guy who got it will take care of it
and love it. We'll see.