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By Posted in - Save Your Photos on September 7th, 2017 0 Comments Digitize Photos in Photo Albums

If you’re like most people, your printed photos may be stored in boxes, drawers, file cabinets, photo albums and many more places.

What happens when you go to find pictures of grandma and grandpa and they’re sticking together because they’ve suffered water damage from that leak you didn’t know about?

Instead of losing precious memories and family history, one way to safeguard your printed photos is by keeping them separated.

Separate Printed Photos

binders and albums from Archival Methods

Photo via Archival Methods.

Ensure those piles of photos don’t stick together. Keep photos separated by using three-hole punched archival plastic pages. You can then make your own photo albums by storing them in a 3-ring binder. (Make it a fun project for a young child to create a cover for the binders!)

Another alternative is to separate photos using archival separating papers. I would suggest using archival boxes to then store your photos in rather than a regular cardboard box.

A tip on the type of plastic to use: polyester, polypropylene or polyethylene. These materials won’t transfer any wording you may have on photos to the plastic. Other types of plastic may emit vapors that could ruin the colors of your photographs or speed up the aging process of older photos.

When selecting photo albums to use, be sure you don’t use any with magnetic pages.  They don’t provide a safe storage place for your photos and often it can be difficult to remove them from the sticky pages. It is very easy to tear your photos when removing from these types of albums.

Safeguard and protect large photos or odd-sized photos with archival specialty envelopes or boxes.

These are vendors that APPO partners with to provide archival storage solutions.

Disaster Prevention for Printed Photos

Back-up, back-up, back-up! This is really the first step in any disaster prevention plan. For any photos you don’t want to lose, be sure to have back-up copies. The best rule of thumb is to have three back-up copies and make sure that at least one back-up is stored in an off-premises location because photo storage suffers disasters, too!

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Photo courtesy of The Studio 56.

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