TOP TEN TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR PRECIOUS OLD PHOTOS.

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A Renmark family evacuated by train from floods in 1956. Cracks in photo repaired. Missing pieces filled and tone improved.

1. Recognise that deterioration can occur even with the best storage conditions. Dyes, inks, chemicals and the surface of a photograph, can interact badly, resulting in fading or spotting. Photographic paper or mounting card can contain acid. 1960’s prints are not archival. 1970’s colour prints appear orange because the blue dye is disappearing.
2. Scan your precious photos today at a resolution of 600 dpi (AND back up the images on a storage device offsite (e.g. at a relative’s house or ‘cloud’).
3. Renew and test your storage devices over time (CD’s will not last forever – does your latest laptop even have a CD-drive?).
4. NEVER EVER use sticky tape.
5. Never peel back a photo from an album page – will cause irreversible cracks.
6. Use ‘acid free’ albums, paper, mounts and storage boxes (read labels in store).
7. Keep negatives separate from printed photos.
8. Use a dark storage place that is not humid, hot or damp. Avoid the cellar, ceiling, garage, kitchen, laundry and bathroom (guess that leaves the cupboard in the spare bedroom).
9. Remove paper clips, staples (rust), rubber bands, and newspaper clippings (acid). Avoid PVC plastic covers.
10. Oil from your fingers will damage photos (handle by edges). Use clean cotton gloves to keep fingerprints and perspiration off.

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