Preserving Print Media
After digitizing photos and memorabilia, some people are perfectly fine with putting the physical pictures and items in the trash. Others prefer to keep them.
- The physical print may be old and have a special feel about it.
- Maybe the print has notes on the back and the personal handwriting has special meaning or value to you.
- Oftentimes, genealogists in the family like to keep the physical print.
- These items can be fun to use in special projects.
So, if you want to keep some of the physical items, how should you store them and where?
Tips for Preserving Print Media
The first thought may be to dig out old shoeboxes, envelopes or file folders. And I would say a resounding NO to each of these!
Physical photos and items deteriorate when exposed to the environment so you want to make sure you store them in the right containers.
Best practice and the number one recommendation is to use a storage container constructed with acid- and lignin-free materials that feature a buffering agent to neutralize any migrant acid and atmospheric pollutants. While these containers are not necessarily cheap, they will keep your photos safe.
The LegacyBox Collection
LegacyBox CollectionThis is a series of exclusive products designed to organize and archive your printed photos and memorabilia. The collection includes a:
- Large Legacy Box that can hold up to 2,400 4×6 or 5×7 photos.
- Small Legacy Box that can hold up to 1,300 4×6 or 5×7 photos.
- The companion Memorabilia Box that can be used to store bulky memorabilia.
- You’ll also find dividers, envelopes and compartments to complement this storage collection.
This collection is available through the Association of Personal Photo Organizers or I would be happy to help you obtain what you need.
If you need assistance, let me know. As a professional photo organizer, I’m here to help you manage the photo organizing process.