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From: Dee Ziegler <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Bill re Old pictures - how to get out of album (was: Oldpictures - two questions)
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 13:26:11 -0400
Bill, some possibilities: Did the thread break? Try some all-polyester
thread. (Some people say use fishing line, but the thread is rougher
so it "saws" better.)
Pictures on one page side only? You want to see if there's anything
written on it, right? Assume the glue is only on edges, and work from
the back side: Starting near an edge and WELL AWAY FROM FACES, use a
small pointed tool to cut away black paper without cutting the photo.
Cut a "tab" then you can tear off bits of paper by hand. I might use
a seamstress' stitch picker, or a delicate hand with an X-acto knife.
Are the pictures on both sides? How thick is the black paper? Old &
soft, can you start at a corner and separate layers? Then use the
If this were my album, I'd first photocopy or photograph the
individual pages -- so I knew which photos were pasted in first --
might be relevant in dating them.
Good idea, to share your photos. Besides posting online, try a
Stockton historical society, but you probably thought of that already.
On Sun, Jul 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM, Bill Dillon <> wrote:
> I have an old musty photo album that I got from my dad who got it from his dad.
> I've only been able to get about 5-10 pictures out of the album without tearing the
> pictures. I tried "sawing" the pictures out with sewing thread but that doesn't seem
> to work very good. I'm hoping that something is written on the backs but nothing is
> on the few I've been able to remove. Any ideas how to get the pictures out of
> the album? In most cases, all four corners of the pictures are flush with the
> heavy paper of the album.
> Most of these pictures, I think, were taken in/around Stockton, CA just before WW I,
> then some pictures in/near Ft. Lewis, WA during the war and finally back in Stockton
> after the war. In a very few pictures I'm able to identify my grandfather, my
> grandmother and a couple other people. Most of the people go unidentified.
> Any suggestions for posting them somewhere for others to see and try to identify.
> Again, these pictures are of people mostly in/around Stockton, San Joaquin County,
> CA. I know this is a shot in the dark.
> Thanks in advance
> Bill Dillon in MD