Rescuing really old prints

Down the Cowgate

H
Down the Cowgate

  • 0
  • 2
  • 84
The Mound

H
The Mound

  • 0
  • 0
  • 74
Yesterdays Disguise

A
Yesterdays Disguise

  • 0
  • 0
  • 98
Lake Country Corp.

A
Lake Country Corp.

  • 0
  • 0
  • 91
Redwood

A
Redwood

  • 0
  • 0
  • 83

Recent Classifieds

Forum statistics

Threads
177,280
Messages
2,431,631
Members
94,163
Latest member
backseatpilot
Recent bookmarks
0

jrschulz

Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2004
Messages
13
Location
Brooklyn, NY
Shooter
35mm
Going through stuff at my grandparents house, we found a couple prints that my grandfather had made probably in the late 1920's (never knew he printed, but my grandmother says it's true). Unfortunately they're rolled up, and trying to unroll them breaks the emulsion. I'd like to save them, and my thoughts are to soak them in either photo-flo or a print flattener, then perhaps a bath in Sistan.

No idea what kind of paper it is, but it's definitely fiber (reckon there wasn't anything else at the time), and they seem to be fixed properly (unlike some of my early prints, there is no sign of browning).

Any thoughts or suggestions from the experts out there?
 

removed account4

Subscriber
Joined
Jun 21, 2003
Messages
29,853
Shooter
Hybrid
hey there

i have a bunch of olde banquet camera prints from when my grandfather was in ww1&2, i know what you are talking about. :smile: a friend who works at a museum told me a little bit of what might help. you will need to make a humidity chamber - kind of like a giant trashcan filled with water, and have your prints not in the water, but suspended in the air above the water. once your prints get humid enough, they will unroll a little bit, and then a little bit more, and then a little bit more.

the folks at the northeast document conservation center
http://www.nedcc.org/
will probably be able to tell you what would work best.

good luck!

-john
 

argentic

Member
Joined
Sep 7, 2002
Messages
305
Location
Echandelys,
Shooter
4x5 Format
Another question about the same issue. I have bought a portfolio of an long dead Dutch photographer. The images are fotogravure prints I think. The paper has turned yellow, so I guess it's not acid free. But until now the paper and photographs are fine. I really like these prints and want to protect them from deterioration. Is there a way in which I can de-acidify them myself?

Gilbert
 

removed account4

Subscriber
Joined
Jun 21, 2003
Messages
29,853
Shooter
Hybrid
gilbert -
you might want to send the same folks an email.
they deal with this sort of thing all the time.
what they might suggest is to make copy negatives using a filter. filtration will help get rid of the stain in the print when re-photographing.
mabe kent ( an appugger here who might have experience in this sort of thing) will add his expertise to this thread ...
 
Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.

PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Ilford Photo ADOX Freestyle Photographic Photo Warehouse Stearman Press Weldon Color Lab
Top Bottom