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Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Posted: 27 Oct 2011 6:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have lots of very old very precious family photos in my apartment. And because of the research I am doing, I also have many historical family photos that belong to my relatives and that I am just borrowing. I have been researching fire/water damage safes and storage boxes and haven't come to a clear conclusion.

I thought I had come upon the perfect solution: First Alert 2037F. This unit allows photos to lay completely flat and is fire and water proof. However, reading into the user comments I discovered that many people had opened their safes after several years to discover the contents completely molded and destroyed. Not exactly what I want to have happen.

I live in San Francisco, home to earthquakes and close living quarters with the other tenants in my building as well as zero clearance between my building and the neighboring ones. I literally have nightmares of fires and earthquakes causing damage to my apartment and destroying 150+ years of family photos.

Any suggestions on how to protect family photos and documents without putting them at risk for additional damage?

Re: Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 7:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is a perfect example of why digitizing the images is critical. While it's always best to have the original photo when possible, ALL photos and negatives will eventually fade and fall to pieces. A digital file, however, can be burned to disk and multiple copies can be created and shared with all those relatives. If something happens to person A's copy, person B can created a new disk for them. No deterioration.

You can find a line of quality archiving materials at Light Impressions. I would also find a good book on archiving and get familiar with terms and procedures. LI's site is at http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/

Good luck and make copies of those documents!! :-)

Re: Reccs on storing and protecting historical family photos and documents??

Posted: 11 May 2016 1:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 11 May 2016 1:52AM GMT
Remember to scan black & white photos as color NOT black & white. Why?? Because even though there is no obvious color there is still separate data in the three color channels of red, blue, and yellow.

Often one of these channels when isolated will have a far cleaner image and/or better contrast than the other two channels. Often one channel will hold more dirt or smudges than the other two.

Now that digital space is not an issue always save the raw unedited and uncompressed scan first. Then as you improve the photo save that in multiple copies as you make changes.

These days I save the finished print/upload ready photos to a flash drive in a named folder. In that folder I ALSO have a sub-folder named "original scans" for the raw images and a sub-folder named "cleaned images" for the full size raw images that have been color corrected and repairs made. The root folder contains the print/upload versions which have been shrunk to a reasonable size like 1000 pixels wide or tall and have been slightly sharpened.
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