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What Are Some Tips for Making Vintage Photos Last?

Preserve the beauty of vintage photos and keep them safe from the elements by storing photographic valuables in dry, cool places. Avoid attics and basements, as those can become too moist during temperature changes. Choose a spot that remains a neutral, cool temperature at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit with about 50 percent humidity. Avoid direct sunlight, as that can fade images, and do not choose photo albums with acids, adhesives, or rubbers in the sleeve material. 

What Steps Should Photo Collectors Take to Undo Water Damage?

Water damage is an unfortunate occurrence that can ruin photographs. Try to salvage water-damaged photographs by storing them in a container of cool and clean tap water. Do not immediately pull them apart or let them dry out, as that may further damage the images. Rinse the photos in a gentle trickle of cold water, gently separating them one by one. Lightly brush the images with cotton balls or a soft cotton cloth, removing debris as necessary and rinse them one final time. Allow the images to hang dry on a clothesline, away from dust and sun exposure. If any of the images begin to curl while drying, gently wet the paper sides, place them each between two pieces of acid-free paper, and leave them under a book for two days. 

What Are Some Creative Ways to Display Collectible Photos?

Creatively displaying collectible photos allows you to enjoy them while still keeping the images safe. Create a DIY ladder out of thick tree branches and hang a photo in a picture frame between each rung of the ladder, then lean it up against the wall. Make a large wall clock out of framed images by hanging them in a circle and using a clock making kit to create working hands in the center. Another option is to turn an old wooden door into a giant picture frame by securing photos between the small window openings and hanging it on the wall.