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I have been doing some research to find out what the best way to store lots of old picture is.

Here are some tips I have gathered.

  • Products like cardboard and paper can harm photographs and should only be used if labeled acid free.
  • Plastic sleeves should be constructed of uncoated polyester, polypropylene, or polyethylene.
  • Look for an acid free storage box, if plastic it should be constructed of polyester (polyethylene terephthalate) or polyethylene and NOT PVC (polyvinyl chloride).
  • Don't use magnetic albums.
  • The ideal temperature for photo storage is around 68° F.
  • For negatives 30-40° is actually the ideal temperature.
  • Store in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area.

Here are some sites I used for reference:

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