How to Properly Store Old Photographs

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Using the right materials makes a huge difference
Select the correct supplies and materials so you can properly store your photo graph or display them in an appropriate way. The old photographs should be handles as little as possible, so, it would be best to do it right at the first time.

Remove Photos from Old Albums
Use “Acid-Free” labeled photo album, because it can last very long and does not deteriorate over time. Stay away from sticking the “magnetic” or peel and stick album, because, the glue and cardboard will damage photos over time.

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Remove any glue, tape, staples, rubber bands, and paper clips that might stain, scratch or dent photographs before placing them in an acid-free album, storage box, or frame.

Label Old Photos Carefully
Make sure to label the photo graph with permanent marker. The label should be done on the back of the photograph, and try to indicate as many details as possible, such as, name, date, location where these photographs were taken. The ball point pen cannot be used, because, due to the writing pressure, it can damage the front of the photograph, and the ink may fade over time.

Storing Old Photos
To store photographs individually, place them in plastic sleeves void of PVC. These can be purchased at photo supply stores and some craft stores. Plastic sandwich bags are a good, inexpensive alternative to plastic sleeves if special supplies do not fit into your budget.

Store large quantities of photos by layering them between sheets of acid-free paper in metal or cardboard boxes marked acid-free. Large photo archive boxes can be easily stacked in a cabinet or closet, or even slid under a bed if storage space is at a premium.

A good rule of thumb is storing photos where you are also comfortable: not too hot, cold, wet, or dry. Keep photos out of attics, garages, and basements where they’ll be subject to extreme temperature fluctuations and excessive humidity.

Framing Your Old Photos
Use acid-free mats to keep photos form touching the glass, and acid-free backboards to avoid deterioration of image. If it is a very precious photograph, you can consider having the duplicate. You can also frame the duplicate and keep the original to preserve it.

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