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Queries and Answers:What’s the Worst Photo Album?

Whenever I present my lecture on Preserving Family Photographs I’m asked the same question, “What the worst type of photo album?” The answer is magnetic photo albums. They aren’t really magnetic, but the glue strips or dots on the acid paper pages acts like one. Your photos STICK to the page and you have trouble removing them. Over time the glue will stain your images.

While I don’t advise taking apart family photo albums, when confronted with a magnetic one it’s a different story. Purchase a new album with acid and lignin free pages and non-pvc polyester overlay then carefully remove all your images from that nasty magnetic one and recreate the order of the images on new pages.

I know..the next question is “How do I remove them?” You can gently slide a piece of dental floss between the image and the page or you can purchase a microspatuala from a library supplier and try using that to remove the images. Just be careful. It is possible to tear a photo with the floss or the spatula.

Make me a promise. No more magnetic photo albums, no matter how cheap they are on sale. Stick with the good stuff. Look for acid and lignin free models with polyester overlays. They will last.

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Share Your Pictures for Cash

Here’s an interesting website for anyone with historically significant family photos. is from the folks at the Mary Evans Picture Library in England. The Mary Evans Picture Library is a image stock house, one that supplies images for reproduction. They’ve taken that concept and applied it to family photos.

You can upload your images, create albums and even sell copies of your photographs for a fee. It’s an interesting concept. If you’re interested, definitely read the FAQ’s which describe the resolution and size of the digital images to upload. Make sure you can upload large files though. The basic image size for reproduction is 24 MB uncompressed and 3600 pixels long. 30% of the selling price is yours but checks are issued in English pounds. I didn’t see anything on the website that said you had to reside in the British Isles to post pictures.

I’m not aware of any companies in this country that offer the same service. Let me know if I’ve missed something.

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Queries and Answers: Magnetic Nightmare

A lot of people write to me in response to articles I’ve written. Shirley sent me an email reminding me to talk about magnetic albums. She’s right. They are one of the most common causes of fading and discoloration of whatever images are placed in them.

Magnetic albums feature adhesives that hold your image in place. Unfortunately over time it’s difficult to remove your pictures from those albums. It requires either a microspatula or some uncoated dental floss to gently remove the pictures from the page. If you try this technique be careful not to tear the image.

The glue on these pages also discolor pictures. You’ll begin to see stripes of discoloration on the front of your pictures.

The combination of poor quality plastic, acidic paper and glue equals a “magnetic” nightmare for family photos.

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Photo Books–Inkubook

As a picture person I’m completely in love with those do-it-yourself photo books. I can’t think of a nicer gift.

There are plenty of sites that let you create personalized picture books, but there is another one I just found out about. It’s called Inkubook. Like it’s competitors it’s a web-based program with easy-to-use layouts, and text and photo editing tools. They also offer collaboration tools that enable you to invite friends and family to contribute additional photos and text. I get goose bumps thinking about all the great family history applications for that sharing feature.

Softcover books start at $13.95 and hardcovers at $24.95. A variety of sizes are available from 7 x 5 inch landscapes to 11 x 11 inch square format. All books are produced using archival quality 100 lb weight silk paper.

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Caring for Photo Albums

My article, Between the Covers: Family Photo Albums is generating a lot of comments and questions this week. Between the posted comments and the emails I’ve received I have enough material for another column. Watch for it soon!