Removing Photos from Sticky Photo Albums

Since our blog post regarding removing photos stuck on glass, we have received many requests to post some tips to remove photos stuck in photo albums. This is another hot topic in the world of photo scanning and while every method comes with risks, these tips sent in by others are the most frequent “success stories” that we received.


Magnetic Photo AlbumFirst, a little back story on those horrible magnetic albums and why they are evil. These older magnetic photo albums had pages covered in strips of tacky glue that would hold the photo and then were sealed under a clear plastic sheet. The glue, as it turns out, was highly acidic which had a two-fold effect.


Over time, the glue ate away at your photos, slowly destroying them as they sat on the shelf. Secondly, the glue, as it dried over the years, became extremely aggressive in maintaining the bond between the paper of the album and the photo which makes it really difficult to remove. Between the glue and the chemicals in the clear plastic sheet, it means certain doom for your photos sooner or later. It seems these albums were developed with only the short-term lifespan of photos in mind and I doubt there was much “stress-testing” on what would happen if the photos were left in the album for years.


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4 Online Vintage Photo Archives You Need to Check Out

vintage photosIf You Love Vintage Photos…


The invention of photography has been one of the greatest things to happen to the preservation of history. Both famous and personal events have been captured on film and illustrated for generations to re-live for years to come. Fortunately for us history fans, the Internet is teeming with interesting vintage photos you have to see to believe.


If you, like us, love to look through old vintage photos and try to piece together the thousand words they contain, then you need to check out these awesome vintage photo sites.

 

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Prepare for the Worst, Expect the Best: Observing National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness MonthWe’re in the business of preservation, so when National Preparedness Month rolls around each September, we take it very seriously. Disaster can strike anywhere, at any time, and for no reason whatsoever—but we can make sure we’re prepared.

 

Sponsored by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month was started to encourage everyone to be proactive in our approach to disasters. In fact, each week of September has its own theme:


  • September 1-5: Flood
  • September 6-12: Wildfire
  • September 13-19: Hurricane
  • September 20-26: Power outage
  • September 27-30: Lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day (September 30th)

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A Vintage Photo Might Solve the Amelia Earhart Mystery Once and For All

amelia earhartA picture is worth a thousand words, but some pictures might be worth even more than that.

 

In fact, the History Channel recently revealed that a newly resurfaced vintage photo might unlock the mystery surrounding famed pilot Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over 80 years ago.



Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan set off on a pioneering flight around the world in 1937. Unfortunately, Earhart and Noonan disappeared somewhere near Howland Island over the central Pacific Ocean. So, for the last 80 years, historians and amateur investigators have been trying to piece together what happened on Earhart’s doomed flight. Did she crash land on an obscure island? Did her plane plummet into the unforgiving Pacific Ocean? Or, as the latest news suggests, was she captured by the Japanese after crash landing on the Marshall Islands?

 

Of course, the recent release of this particularly interesting vintage photo is sending the world into a frenzy over the possibilities.

 

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