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Subject: Re: [ALL] Old Photo preservation
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 21:13:55 -0400
Absent any better ideas, if there aren't any photos on the reverse
side, why not just trim around the photos. My own opinion is that
the old photos aren't worth a damn to me. It's the people that are
in the picture. I scan the photos into Photoshop and see how much I
can improve the photo. Some just can't be saved or improved and you
have to live with it but others can be resurrected from the
death. One of the easiest I've ever done was to put some light into
photos that were taken almost in the dark, making some of the people
almost impossible to recognize. 5 seconds later there was no doubt.
At 08:24 PM 6/10/2007, you wrote:
>Given the wide array of experience in this group, I was hoping someone could
>help me with a little problem...
>I was lent some old family photos. Many of them are glued onto pages of an
>old album. The paper is that black, felty feeling stuff. I know that's a
>really scientific explanation, but I'm hoping you all know what I mean!
>Anyway, some are falling off, others, some past relative tried to rip off so
>the photo is ripped, some pages have huge holes where someone cut a picture
>out... Anyway, I would like to safely remove them from the paper if at all
>possible. The paper is basically disintegrating, and I'm sure it's not good
>for the photos. I've already put them all in an acid free box, but I'm
>worried that that's not enough. I tried to find a way to do it online, but
>couldn't find anything specific. Since we have people on the list who work
>for historic organizations, I was hoping someone could tell me how to safely
>do this (if at all), or direct me to a place where I could read how to do
>Thank you all in advance for your advice,
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