Monday, March 05, 2007

How to Care for Antique Photos

Do you have old photos of your family members and ancestors that you would like to preserve for future generations, if so you need to take proper care of them. Not taking care of old photos will not only make them lose their value but you will literally be able to watch them disintegrate before your eyes.

Never place old photos in direct sunlight. The suns rays will fade the photo to the point you will not even be able to tell who or what it is. Humidity is also bad for photos, so be sure to store photos in a dry place. Do not store photos in the attic, basement or garage.

Antique photos should be handled with care. If one is bent the mark made will be permanent. Many antique photos are on cardboard rather than paper. Bending them breaks up the picture exposing the cardboard
When labeling photos it is not a good idea to label directly on the photo. Ink often reacts to the photo's ink and bleed through the photo so if you must label ,label on the back with pencil avoiding pressing very hard so as not to leave an embossed impression.

Never touch the image of old photos with your bare hands. The oils in your skin will attract dirt that will allow the growth of damaging mold spores. Try to always wear white gloves when handling old photos

Surface dirt can be removed with a soft brush further cleaning should be left to professionals

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