Q. I found a large photo rolled up tight. Should I try to flatten it?
A professional conservator can safely unroll your photograph by storing it temporarily in a high-humidity environment. This procedure isn’t complicated, but doing it wrong is dangerous enough for me to advise, “Don’t try this at home.”
Find a photo conservator near you through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Advances in printing gave our ancestors license to go wild with handcrafted cards in the 19th century. You can create your own Victorian-style Valentine’s Day cards with these simple materials:
- paper doilies
- ribbon or lace
- abric or paper scraps
- Victorian clip art or other ephemera
- scissors or a craft knife
- glue stick or spray adhesive
Download our printable PDF of Victorian imagery. Layer lace and colorful paper or fabric on a flat piece of cardstock. Top it off with a carefully cut out vintage image, and write a cute couplet to finish the card.
To learn more about historical Valentine’s Day cards and see examples, visit <www.scrapalbum.com> and <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/valentines_day>.
From the March 2009 Family Tree Magazine