Storing Old Photos

 

 

When storing your old photos, you want to be sure they will last for decades without damage. Here are a couple of tips that may affect the aging of your photos.

 

The main elements that can be damaging to your photos are light, moisture, and temperature. When storing old photos, find a place that is dark, dry, and keeps low temperatures. If photos aren’t protected by the elements in this way, they could suffer from quicker deterioration.

 

When storing in boxes and even photo books, look for albums or boxes that say they are acid free or archival safe. If not, they can emit gases that may damage your photographs over time.

 

Custom frames are safer than “off the shelf” frames. Even when purchasing in a photography store, if you buy a frame off the shelf, you could be buying one that isn’t protected with acid free processing. Watch for labels that say “acid free”, or ask the store owner which frames off the shelf will be safer for your photos. UV filtered glass will also protect your images and give them better longevity.