Wava Langford has since on her own solved the problem she wrote about, but I wanted to share it and the result. I’ve heard from other people as well. It’s in regards to an error in Apple’s online support pages:
I deleted some photos from the Photos app [for OS X] and I need them back. I’ve researched this and the only answer seems to be to use File > Show Recently Deleted.
Wava says there’s no such item in her File menu. Her app wasn’t damaged nor was she looking in the wrong place: Apple switched behavior in some release of Photos for OS X so that there’s now a Recently Deleted album with a trashcan icon in the sidebar. If you haven't deleted anything, the Recently Delete album does not appear. Also, the Recently Delete album disappears if you empty it.
Further compounding this problem? Wave didn’t have the sidebar displayed (View > Show Sidebar). Without the sidebar showing, you wouldn’t know this album existed, if you don’t organize your media into albums.
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