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From: "Jeannine" <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Old Photo preservation
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 08:37:05 -0400
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Ah, Al, you break my heart! :)

Yes, I know that what is truly valuable about the picture is those pictured.
The photos that I mentioned opened up a whole new branch of the tree for me.
They verified censuses that I wasn't sure of, and caused my grandparents to
remember people they had never mentioned. However, the archaeologist in me
hates the idea of seeing the originals in such bad shape.

I have scanned them all in, but I have yet to learn how to play with them in
photo programs. Luckily most of them are clear. I can't cut most of them out
because there are others on the reverse side. I think I'll be trying to
"Undu" them!


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Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: [ALL] Old Photo preservation

> Jeanine,
> 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.
> Al
> At 08:24 PM 6/10/2007, you wrote:
>>Given the wide array of experience in this group, I was hoping someone
>>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
>>the photo is ripped, some pages have huge holes where someone cut a
>>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
>>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
>>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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