Old family photos have an intrinsic value that can’t be measured. They are our glimpse into the history of our families. If you have been entrusted with housing a collection of your family’s photos, you are probably looking for a good way to store them safely. Photos are meant to be handed down from generation to generation. You probably have seen a few photos that have not been well preserved, and wished someone had done a better job taking care of them. This is why photo restoration is such a popular business. But, if you take care of your precious photos, future generations won’t need to go through the process of restoring them.
How to Protect Your Photos
Unfortunately, those sticky photo albums many of us have for photo storage are one of the poorest options, for keeping photos intact. Over the years the photos adhere to the pages of the book and can’t be removed. Also, the glue will damage the photographs over time. A better solution is to store your photographs in acid-free storage boxes or acid-free photo books. You can usually purchase plastic sleeves, from any photography store to keep individual photos safe or if that is too costly, plastic sandwich bags are also a good choice. You can also store oversized photos in an acid-free box. Art supply stores usually have acid-free archival storage boxes for sale. Be sure to use acid-free paper in between each photo.
Where to Keep Large Photo Collections
If you can’t find a storage solution specifically designed for storing large photo collections, then the key is to find a multi-purpose storage device to house your collection. One such device is the Scrapbox Workbox; this cabinet is designed for scrap bookers to help them organize scrapbook supplies, but the ScrapBox cabinet can be modified, to suit others applications. Another storage idea for photographs is a stackable acid-free storage organizer. Plastic is a good material for storing things in an acid-free environment, just be sure you do not use PVC plastic.
With a little preparation it isn’t hard to protect your photos, from damage due to dust, light or acid. Future generations will appreciate your efforts, to preserve your family’s history in photographs.