Clarification: It seems to hold the picture until one of my calculated fields is set with it. Then the next time you enter the file, the global container is empty. I am using an "If" calculation. If fieldx=field y; calculated field=global container 1; global container 2. I can give you specifics on my calculation if required.
More specific calculations from calculated field:
If ( not IsEmpty ( field A ) and Field A = Field B; Global Container A; Global Container B )
1. When you inserted the image into the original global container did you have the "Store only a reference to the file" checked ?
2. If you are using globals as a client logged into a file over a network the globals will not retain the information after you log out. The images would have to be inserted on the host side file.
Aha ... I was using it on the client side. I entered the file on the server and it works now.