How do we do this when we know that the technology of preserving photographs will change over the years?
It would be easy to throw up our hands and do nothing! Doing nothing will only damage what we have. We need to understand that these technologies will only increase our ability to preserve or enhance the photographs. This will make them available for future generations to see.
So what can we do now to preserve our photos and documents? Start by scanning all photographs and documents. You can burn them onto a DVD or create a book with your photos. There are many companies that will help you preserve your photos in a book. Debbie Marks of Marks in Time can capture these memories. I have seen her work and I would recommend Debbie. Check out her site, http://www.marksintime.com/
If you decide to store your photos and documents remember:
-Documents should be stored flat whether horizontal or vertical, not folded in an envelope.
-Store in acid-free large envelopes or acid-free plastic.
-Do not laminate your photographs. The glue will dissolve the emulsion on the photograph.
-Temperature and humidity affect photographs and documents.
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