Re: vintage WW-I roll photo, how?
- You are smart not to try and unroll the image. I'm sure you can probably hear it cracking
as you try. Here is a method I used for the same type problem.
I also found a panoramic 'doughboys' image that measured roughly 18x48. The old photo
had been glued to a board and was rough shape. It was separating from the board and
My solution was to soak it and the board in a large sink initially to release the image and
prevent additional cracking of the image. The glue used was particularly resistant to
I used photographic developer as a softener and after several hours was able to seperate
the board from the print. The print had quite a coat of dirt, smoke, etc which the
I used a light acid stop bath and a very dilute fix bath to remove all developer. An hour or
more rinse with hypo eliminator and air dried on a screen frame to reduce curling.
I dry mounted the print to a foam board and then framed it. It was a lot of work, but it is a
great treasure that should be preserved.
You need a sink or water tight box or frame larger than the image. Yes, you can still buy
photographic chemicals. Take your time and good luck.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kudzufamhistory" <kudzufamhistory@...> wrote:
> I have obtained a vintage WW-I era military unit photograph, a long photo in
> a roll (It can be seen at link below). I need help determining best method
> to unroll without additional damage so I can scan - or not to do so, etc.
> Your insight is appreciated.