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4535Re: Old Black&White Photos

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  • Gordon Williams
    Mar 17, 2006
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      Many thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions about how not to damage
      old B&W snapshots that have dried and curled to a greater or lesser degree.

      Your expertise is awesome, and I am very grateful!

      Cheers,
      Gordon.


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Xenia Stanford" <president@...>
      To: "Dist-Gen" <dist-gen@...>
      Sent: Friday, March 17, 2006 10:50 AM
      Subject: FW: Old Black&White Photos


      | Please note that your reply will now only go to
      | the original sender
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      |
      | I am forwarding the comments I sent to Gordon about curling and cracked
      | photographs, in case anyone should decide to follow the advice given
      | earlier. Particularly identification of which layer is damaged and
      | pre-cleaning before any other treatment is carried out.
      |
      | By the way, when the photographs are in a box as recommended below, a
      | humidifer in the room near the box is recommended. I also forgot to warn
      | about the dangers of too much humidity if the photograph(s) are left too
      | long near the high humidity source - e.g. mould - this is another reason
      for
      | cleaning before adding an indirect high humidity source and for not
      cleaning
      | with water or applying water directly to the photographic image or any of
      | its layers. Also to ensure the items are not left in the high humidity
      | source for too long.
      |
      |
      |
      | -----Original Message-----
      | From: Xenia Stanford [mailto:president@...]
      | Sent: March 16, 2006 1:14 PM
      | To: Gordon Williams
      | Subject: RE: Old Black&White Photos
      |
      |
      | Hi Gordon,
      |
      | As a records manager at several major companies in Calgary, I dealt with
      | archival materials including photographs.
      |
      | The cause of cracked and curled photographs probably was not the arid
      | climate but former high humidity and water damage. After photographs and
      | papers dry out from a high humidity situation, they crack and curl. Also
      | there may have been mould inside or on the images causing discoloration
      and
      | distortion of images. Now your task is to do no further damage as well as
      to
      | restore or preserve the image in some way so it can be scanned and
      | preferably once again reproduced on photographic paper.
      |
      |

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