How to Properly Store Really, Really Old Photos


Your family's photos are the window to your history. Keep them stored safely!
Your family's photos are the window to your history. Keep them stored safely!
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Don't try to deny it. Somewhere in your house lurks a box of cracked, withered and faded photographs of your great-great-grandparents gazing stoically into the distance, imagining possibilities yet to be realized, like indoor plumbing and MP3 players. Why let these historically and emotionally significant photos waste away in the back of your closet? Take a few simple steps to save them from further deterioration. And while you're at it, remember to make provisions for the more recently captured images in your collection.

Although photo restoration techniques have come a long way in recent years, you shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of snapshot security. It's far better to keep valuable or treasured photos in prime condition from the start, rather than taking a chance on fixing them up down the road. Not sure what the major threats are to the longevity of your photos? Find out on the next page -- you might be surprised.