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Oct 21, 2005

Care of Photo Memorabilia

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  • Hold photos so that you are only touching the sides to prevent oil and dirt from transferring from your hands to the photo.
  • Keep photos out of direct sunlight. Keep in a place with moderate temperature, avoiding extreme heat or cold. Avoid placing anywhere with high humidity, because moisture isn't good for photos.
  • Use acid-free paper when matting a photo or placing onto a scrapbook page. If possible, store in an acid-free container. Store your acid-free scrapbooking papers with the same care as your photos.
  • Always take black and white photos in coordination with color photos at major celebrations and family events. Take a few black and white candid photos of all family members and friends, since black and white photos have a longer life than color photos.
  • Take some photos too. Store onto a CD or DVD. The current life of a CD (compact disk) is 100 years, and you can't get more acid-free than digital! It's also a smart idea to scan important family documents and store on a CD or DVD.
  • Make sure that photo albums and page protectors are polyester or polyethylene. Do not use anything made of poly-vinyl chloride, also known as PVC. And avoid placing photos in "magnetic" albums. Ifyou are trying to remove photos from this type of album, you may want to go to a professional photography shop for help.

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