Re: Old Black&White Photos
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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!
----- 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
| 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
| cleaning before adding an indirect high humidity source and for not
| 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
| distortion of images. Now your task is to do no further damage as well as
| 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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