Juliana LaBianca (Reader’s Digest) explains how to preserve old family photos. You cannot replace these vintage keepsakes if they are lost or damaged. Follow her simple advice to keep memories fresh forever.
Old family photographs are irreplaceable treasures. Yet, we often don’t give them the care and attention they deserve.
Preserving digital photos is relatively easy. Archive them in two physically separate locations, at least one of which is a cloud service. The other can be a hard drive or DVDs. This pretty much assures their safety and longevity.
It gets harder with printed old family photos. They fade, get brittle or acquire color casts. They demand, but seldom get, good tender loving care. Digitizing preserves these one-of-a-kind prints, but you also need to know how to keep the originals.
There are three options. Use a desktop flatbed scanner, a scanning service, or an app like Pic Scanner Gold or Pic Scanner. Scanning with mobile apps is much faster, and you don’t need to take photos out of albums. With most desktop scanners, you have to. Additionally, Pic Scanner Gold can also scan and auto-crop multiple photos at a time – which makes scanning really fast.
Read this article for simple and sensible advice. In summary:
– Store in dry, cool, and temperature-stable space
– Protect from direct light (Don’t frame and hang!)
– Don’t annotate with pen or ballpen
– Use acid-free, lignin-free containers
– No paper clips, rubber bands, tape, glue…
– Keep away from food, drink (and may be add, children?)