Queries and Answers: Storing Photographs

Catherine wrote: I have several old paper photos that date between the late 1860s and the early 1900s. I am worried about how to store these. Is it o.k. to put these in a plastic zip-loc bag or are there other alternatives.

You’re right to question the use of ordinary plastic bags. They are not suitable for long-term storage of photographs. For instance, Hollinger Corporation sells a wide variety of non-pvc sleeves and storage materials for pictures. Creative Memories has a fairly new organizing system called Sort It!

I’ve written several online articles on photographic storage and preservation. For additional information read “Four Destructive Habits” and “One Step at a Time.”

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2 Responses to “Queries and Answers: Storing Photographs”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Maureen, the link to Hollinger is broken, do you have correct one? Thanks.

  2. Maureen A. Taylor says:

    Sorry about that! I fixed it.

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