Preserving Memories: Old Photos, 1920s Page Decorations and E-Z Touch Punch

By Diane Haddad Premium

The 1920s ushered in Art Deco, women’s suffrage, flappers, Prohibition and the jazz Age. Help your 1920s pictures and mementos roar into your heritage album with these tools:

STICKERS Me & My Big Ideas borders and corners <> and Frances Meyer 1920s designs <> are sure to add the right look.

STAMPS Choose from stamps such as Judi-Kins’ Art Deco motifs <>, Hampton Art Stamps’ Saturday Evening Post covers <> and Clearsnap’s vintage cars roller <>.

Hard-pressed to find punches that don’t hurt your hands? Try the Memories Forever E-Z Touch Punch. Just pop in four AA batteries, squeeze the handle, and punching is a breeze. The $15 gizmo comes with two punches. A variety of extra punches are available, too, including decorative corner rounders. Also look for the $5 Punch It Up the E-Z Way idea book by Tamara Sortman. <>

Q. I recently inherited a pile of old family photos that included tintypes and daguerreotypes. How should I care for these unique old photos? Should I store them in my albums?

A. “Cased” images such as tintypes and daguerreotypes are some of the earliest forms of photography. Tintypes range in age from 1856 to the early 20th century, while daguerreotypes go back as far as 1840 and continued to be used about the next 20 years. Both processes involved the images being printed on metal or iron.

These one-of-a-kind photos should be carefully handled, and shouldn’t be placed in scrapbooks. Instead, make copies to use in your albums, then safely store the originals. David Mishkin, president of Just Black & White, a custom photo-restoration lab in Portland, Maine, says that tintypes and daguerreotypes should be encapsulated by storing them in an envelope made from acid-free, lignin-free paper; polyethylene; or Mylar. You can purchase them from any archival supply catalog. (See the April 2001 Family Tree Magazine for Mishkin’s 10-step guide to encapsulation.)

Once encapsulated, tintypes and daguerreotypes should be placed in an acid-free, lignin-free box for additional protection. You should then keep the boxes in an environment that has optimum temperature and humidity control. Ideally, the temperature for storage should be 68 degrees and the relative humidity shouldn’t exceed 50 percent (10 to 20 percent lower is acceptable in both cases). One of the best and easiest places to find those conditions is in a safe deposit box at your local bank.

Bold patterned papers reflect the vibrant energy of the decade. You’ll find these elegant ’20S-style printed papers from K&Company <>, Frances Meyer <> and the Family Archives <>.

Neutrals and brights dominated the ’20s, as Art Deco influenced everything from fashion to architecture and introduced the use of stronger shades and metallics, such as gold and silver.

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Get the look of traditionally processed photos from your ink-jet printer with borderless Ultima Picture Paper by Kodak. Download free software from Kodak’s Web site and print on your ink-jet printer. Perforated edges allow you to separate photos easily from the paper without a white border or need for additional trimming. Papers are available in 4×6-inch, 5×7-inch and wallet sizes for $10 per pack. The paper is available at many discount and office supply stores. <>
From the June 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine