5 Steps to save home movies

Taking Action

Five steps to save your home movies from Toni Treadway, a technician at the Rowley, Mass., film-to-tape transfer studio Treadway and Brodsky www.littlefilm.org:

1 Don't throw away the original.

2 Don't project the original unless it's in good condition.

3 Make sure your hands are clean before handling film.

4 Store in a cool dry place, not in the attic, basement or garage.

5 Record the oral history of the film. Don't wait until it's too late.

Contributing editor Maureen A. Taylor is the author of Preserving Your Family Photographs (Betterway Books, $19.99). She helps solve readers' family photo mysteries in her online column at www.familytreemagazine.com/photos/current.htm.