I am teaching a workshop this weekend on the Identification, Care and Handling of Historic Photographs. I am not an expert in this area, but I am a firm believer that the only way to really learn something is to teach it. So as I was pulling together information of the workshop I started thinking that some of these simple tips might be of interest to my readers. So I am going to share a few of them over the next few weeks.
If you are like I use to be, most of your photographs are shoved in envelopes, stuffed in boxes or maybe mounted in albums. You know that your not taking care of them but the cost and time just seems insurmountable. Well, here is a simple first step to get you started on the process. Make some archival sleeves for your images. Be sure to use archival paper that is both acid/ligin free. You should be able to order this at a paper supply or archival store. You then cut and folk the paper as the diagram above and below shows. Make sure you start each sheet by placing the photograph in the middle of the sheet and folding it so each sleeve fits the size of the photograph. Good luck with taming that box of images. I will share some other tips in the weeks to come.