Photographs as Family History

Your family history in photographs 

This the first in a series of posts about how to preserve family photos for the future…

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then family photographs are the encyclopedias of your history! Whether they’re sepia studio portraits from the early 20th century, faded black and white 3×3’s from the 1950’s, or colour Polaroids from the 1970’s, make sure your photographs are stored properly for the future. Read on to find out how…

Rescuing your printed photographs

  • All printed photographs should be stored in ARCHIVAL environments, away from humidity or extreme temperatures.
  • Never store photographs, important documents or artwork in attics, damp basements or your garage. If they are there, remove them to a dark, cool, humidity- controlled room indoors. Let them adjust to the new environment for a couple of weeks before unpacking.
  • If your photographs are in “peel and stick” albums, or magnetic sleeves, remove them…if you can do so without damaging them. The materials these albums are made of (glue, cardboard, plastic) can harm photographs over time.

Next: handling and storing your printed photographs!

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