Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 80-83

Our album’s star is literally holding onto her hat in Photo 80:

Photo 80

I like the details on the dress of the subject in Photo 81:

Photo 81

This next photo is a little odd. It looks like she is tilting the chair to get a better look at something on its seat — a newspaper, perhaps?

Photo 82

A wildlife shot:

Photo 83

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 77-79

Check out the random kid with the vintage tricycle in Photo 77:

Photo 77

I wonder at which park this photo was taken — could it still be around?

Photo 78 sort of reveals the identity of a prior album subject:

Photo 78

Reverse of Photo 78: Brother and Sister

At least I can read around the glue marks this time.

I’m curious as to the setting for this next photo. It looks rather industrial:

Photo 79

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 73-76

Photo 73 has some familiar faces. They are pictured very far away, but their identities are listed on the back.

Photo 73

Reverse of Photo 73: Aunt Bert & Hazel Walters

We first met Aunt Bert in Photo 16. Hazel Walters appeared in Photo 13.

Photo 74 doesn’t have any identifying information, but it is a cute photo:

Photo 74

I believe we’re at another military memorial of some kind in the next two photos:

Photo 75

Photo 76

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 68-72

The next set of photos is kind of a hodge-podge, but a couple present some potentially identifiable landmarks.

Photo 68

Photo 69

I’m kind of curious about the person in the background of this photo. I believe it to be a guy, but it looks like he’s wearing a long robe. I believe we’ll see more photos of the infant the woman is holding in future photos.

Photo 70

This is a funny photo — what a weird backdrop. Wouldn’t you think they would want to stand in front of the stag instead of behind it? It kind of reminds me of the plastic animals in front of a couple all-you-can-eat buffets in New England.

Photo 71

I despaired that the top of the monument isn’t visible in this photo. She’s sitting on a canon pointed at the camera, so I figured this is a Civil War monument. Knowing that at least some of the photos in the album were taken in Pennsylvania, I searched for “Pennsylvania war monument pillar” on Google Images and met with success! Our album’s star is seated in front of the Penn Common Civil War Memorial in York! In this image, you can see some of the writing that is barely visible over her right shoulder above.

Photo 72

I give up. This photo has not one, not two, but THREE codes written on it (see, one is hidden behind one of the photo corners, top right?). There’s only two people in this photo, so presumably there goes my theory about the codes potentially relating to certain photo subjects. Argh!

Album Rescue Project: Album 1, Photos 64-67

Exciting news! I’ve finally finished scanning all of the photos in Album 1 of the Album Rescue Project. Now I just need to blog about them!

These ladies have some lovely hats in Photo 64:

Photo 64

Photo 65

Photo 66

Reverse of Photo 66 "Hazel and Ray"

Photo 67 has more of those confounded codes written on it. The numbers must be years, but how do they make any sense? And are the letters initials? This is driving me slowly mad…

Photo 67

Insanity-inducing notations aside, this really is quite a lovely photo…

Why Magnetic Albums Are Bad

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Album Rescue Project, in which I’m removing someone else’s old photos from a 1920s-era paper album and putting them into a new, acid-free album. This past weekend, I undertook a similar project using some of my own photos from a much more recent, but just as damaging environment.

About seven years ago, before I really got into scrapbooking and learned about photo-safe materials, I decided to compile photos from my younger years that were in various sources into one album. I simply went to Michael’s and purchased a standard photo album with magnetic pages.

Big mistake.

Exhibit A: Page 1. After only a few years, the adhesive on these pages is yellowing and that damage is creeping towards the photos.

These days I know better, of course, but I only recently had the chance to dismantle that album and rescue the photos. I was shocked to see how much the pages in the album had been altered in only a few years. Notice the yellowing around the edges? That yellowing doesn’t just stay on the page — it can affect your photos too. Imagine how bad magnetic albums are that have been sitting around for 20 or 30 years.

The damage is quite pervasive -- every page is affected.

Magnetic albums aren’t magnetic at all. The pages have adhesive on them. The adhesive is acidic (aka very bad for photos). It also makes the photos very difficult to remove in many cases, which can cause curling or tearing if you do succeed in removing them.

View of the yellowing adhesive after removal of the photos.

I really have no idea why these albums are still on the market. Do yourself a favor — if you have any photos that you care about in magnetic albums (and let’s face it, if you put them in an album to begin with, then you care about them), take a few minutes to remove the photos from those albums as carefully as you can. Find an acid-free, photo-safe container in which to store them until you can find a better permanent environment to house them. Creative Memories, for which I am a consultant, has several solutions for this purpose. Please contact me if you’d like to learn more about their available options.