Tips from the Pros: Winter Photo Woes, from Maureen Taylor

photographs.jpgYour hands aren’t the only things that are affected by cold weather. The changes in temperature and humidity from summer to winter can cause problems for your family photos. Too much humidity can cause tintypes to rust and mold to grow on paper prints, but dry air isn’t good either. Try to keep your photographs in an area of your house away from water pipes, fireplaces and heat sources like radiators. An interior windowless closet is best, but if you don’t have someplace like that, don’t despair. You can create a buffer from those temperature and humidity fluctuations by nesting acid and lignin free boxes. Store your photos in the center container. You can purchase appropriate boxes from library and museum suppliers.

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