Scrapbook and Photographs

By: Karen O'Donnell

If you have lots of old black and white photos look on the bright side. These have pigment-based inks. Color photos are usually dye-based and these don't last as long as pigment-based.

There are steps you can take to keep your photos in the best possible condition. If you need to sort them and they are stored in various places throughout your home buy a box for storing them. Shoe box size is ideal. Test it with a pen to be sure it is acid and lignin free. To be certain you could buy a photo case for them from a photos shop. Cut cardboard dividers the same size as the width of the box. You may want to organize them chronologically.

Avoid tearing and bending your old photos by ensuring you do not overstuff the box. Don't tear or fold them as this will break down the emulsion of their surface.

Don't cut old photos. Scan and make copies and then you can crop to your heart's content. Keep the originals intact though. Be sure as well that old photos are not facing each other as this can cause them to stick together due to the emulsion of their surfaces.. If possible, place archival paper between them.

If possible, keep negatives in a large safe deposit box. If you don

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