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Old 12-06-2004, 09:23 AM
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Question Hi - New here with some questions on old negatives

Hi , this is my first post. Several years ago, when my great grandfather was going into a nursing home, my grandmother and I were cleaning out the house. I came across an envelope with 42 very old black and white negatives. They measure about 2x3"??? They were misplaced and rediscovered this weekend. I have NO IDEA how old they are but my grandmother's wedding photos are in there. They are in OK condition and I am wondering the best way to store these. It's probably been discussed here before but I haven't been through the archives yet.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 12-06-2004, 10:32 AM
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At the very least, each neg in a acid free envelope, then placed in a place with total darkness, with 50% humidity and a tempature of 50 degrees.

I think thats what Kodak recomends..

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Old 12-06-2004, 01:08 PM
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Thank you SO much!

I know these are worth SO much to the family, I'd hate to store them the wrong way.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
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Old 12-07-2004, 08:19 AM
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Check out this link:

Also, Light Impressions (altho expensive) sells a variety of archival storage materials.
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Old 12-17-2004, 10:16 PM
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I'm an infrequent poster here, so I don't know what the popular opinion is on the issue, but if I were you, I'd take the negatives to a local, qualified professional lab and have them scan those negatives, and produce a high-res CD of the scan. That way, you'll have a new technology backup from which you can acquire prints. I work for an independent lab that does this every day.
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