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We can rebuild your iPhoto Library and see if that works or not.. Rebuild iPhoto Library
If that didn't worked then rebuild your iPhoto Library with this application, iPhoto Library Manager (just try the trial version) : http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/ Please follow the instructions in here to rebuild your iPhoto Library with iPhoto Library Manager : http://www.fatcatsoftware.com/iplm/Help/rebuilding%20a%20corrupted%20iphoto%20library.html
Please let me know if that didn't work, so we can continue troubleshooting. Don't Rate my answer until you are satisfied
that didn't work I did the hold down etc then tried the trial rebuild which downloaded then opened Iphoto put some pictures in and the damn flowers which I thought I'd completely trashed and emptied reappeared.........and the photosI'd loaded disappeared.
What version of iPhoto is this ? We can try to manually extract the photos as much as possible from your library
Iphoto 11 9.2.3.(629.52)