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Heritage-Photo Preservation

Relocate Photos

Photos are vulnerable to air, heat, direct sunlight, humidity, mold and mildew, bug infestation, and acid from non-archival storage, which can cause permanent damage. Begin your photo preservation mission by first getting and then keeping your photos out of harm's way.

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Consider Albums

The materials in photo albums, along with the glues used to adhere the photos, are crucial considerations in photo preservation. Magnetic photo albums, with their sticky pages and plastic covers, are damaging to photos from the front and the back. Ordinary glues and adhesives such as rubber cement can quickly damage photos.

Tips

Caution: Before extracting photos from old albums, consider scanning and saving the images while they are still attached, just in case they are accidentally damaged in the removal process.

Scan and Save

Thanks to the digital age, photo preservation and restoration are more effective and easier than ever. High-resolution scanners can turn old photos, negatives, or slides into digital images that can remain unchanged for generations when properly saved and stored.

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Repair and Restore

Photos tend to fade over time, especially when they're not stored safely. The good news is that with photo-editing software you can refresh old photos that are in need of brightening, and you can digitally repair cracks, tears, smudges, or other damage.

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Seek Professional Help

Many local photo-processing stores are able to scan and save photos as well as touch and restore tired or damaged photos.

There also are many online companies that provide scanning restoration services, here are a few:

 

Sites with photo preservation guidance:

 
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