Photograph Preservation 101: How to Get Glue off of Photos

photo-gluePutting photos in one of those sticky backed albums or scrapbooks may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but unless you made copies, preserving those photos might be tough.

 

Your first step will be to pull those photos off the pages without ripping or damaging the prints. Your second step will be to send those photos to us so we can scan them and make digital copies for you to keep for years to come.



But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves—getting that glue off in the first step will be tricky. If you try using force or ripping the photos off the pages, you run the risk ruining the photos forever. Fortunately, we can help.

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6 Tips to Preserve Old Photos for Future Generations to Enjoy

Preserve Old Photos The most popular method for storing old photos is one of the most damaging. That’s right, stuffing a box with photos, negatives, and/or slides and packing it away in the basement is like turning your memories into a ticking time bomb.

 

If you want to keep your photos safe from disaster and away from the ravages of time, then it’s time to properly store them. The following tips will help you preserve old photos so that they will be around for many years to come.

Use care when handling

 

It’s highly recommended to use cotton gloves when handling photos. There are unseen oils and dirt on our hands that could do some serious damage to prints over time. If you can’t use gloves, then delicately handle the photos at the edges when moving them around.

 

You should also keep your preservation project in an area that’s neat and clean, and away from damaging lights, extreme temperatures or humidity, smoke, foods or liquids. Imagine you’re an archivist handling ancient and precious materials—photos require that same kind of delicacy. While you may not see the damage right away, improper handling can wreak havoc on your photos over time.

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6 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas You Can Buy Right Online

holiday giftsWe’re in the final gift-buying stretch and if you haven’t crossed everyone off your list, then it’s time to get serious. But, if you’re like us, then the thought of heading out to the mall this weekend and having to deal with the crowds of people and picked over products is not ideal.

 

So, we say skip the madness and opt to give a last-minute online holiday gift that’s sure to be a hit. We’ve pulled together the following list of online gift ideas that your loved ones will absolutely love. Check it out:

 

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6 Ways to Include Photos at Your Holiday Event

Photos at Your Holiday EventHoliday photos are such an important part of our lives and personal histories. The photos taken at this time of year are almost magical—they can capture so much joy, love, and cheer.

 

While we all have plans to take pictures during the big parties that are coming up, there are many other ways to include photos at your holiday event!

 

Send an e-card invite

 

When you send out the invitations, use one of these e-card services to send a unique holiday invite—complete with photos from your scanned archive. Your guests will love seeing familiar faces on the e-card!

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How This Gift Can Help a Loved One Re-live All the Good Times

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Lois and her mom

In the daily course of our lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the present and focus on the negativity. Job stresses, personal life issues, bills to pay—the list goes on. But in the back of our mind exists millions of moments that when we recall, will bring an instant smile to our face. This is the magic of what pictures can do, and it’s why ScanMyPhotos customer Lois Thar decided to give the gift of the past to her mother for her 85th birthday.

 

“Mom’s birthday was coming up and we wanted to digitize her old print photos and create a slideshow for her birthday. We got the idea while we were cleaning up her apartment and found this big box of photos and I was like ‘Oookay, what can I do with these?’”

 

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