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photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:16 pm
by johnbailey
I hve a couple of hundred photos 1880-1960 they have becone stuck to pages and a lot of information is on the back of them .Isthere any way I can unstick them without damaging the photos

Re: photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:36 pm
by cwigs
Although I can not guarantee success, I recently had to remove some postcards which had been glued in an album - it was a thicker 'scrap book' style paper if that makes sense.

I was a thick, hard, yellowed glue, my guess is that old glues and more likely to be water based than more modern ones so _should_ re-activate with water.

I tried steaming off and gently sponging off the backing. I found the later worked best, and I was suprised the Ink on the postcards didnt run. I wasnt worried about the album so the pages were destroyed in the process, but the postcards came off clean, one or two did delaminate so the front started to peel from the backing.

Due to the water i found the postcards curled slightly during the process, but I left them between a couple of books to flatten them (be carefull about any residual and re-activated glue)

I tried on a card I wasnt particularly bothered about first.

Good luck, I hope it works.

Re: photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:31 am
by Editor
I would feel nervous about applying the same technique to a photograph as was applied to a postcard. Make sure you've got some good digital copies of the photographs first before you try anything. Good luck!

Re: photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:25 pm
by johnbailey
Editor wrote:I would feel nervous about applying the same technique to a photograph as was applied to a postcard. Make sure you've got some good digital copies of the photographs first before you try anything. Good luck!

thanks i can but try

Re: photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:26 pm
by johnbailey
johnbailey wrote:
Editor wrote:I would feel nervous about applying the same technique to a photograph as was applied to a postcard. Make sure you've got some good digital copies of the photographs first before you try anything. Good luck!

thanks i can but try
cwigs wrote:Although I can not guarantee success, I recently had to remove some postcards which had been glued in an album - it was a thicker 'scrap book' style paper if that makes sense.

I was a thick, hard, yellowed glue, my guess is that old glues and more likely to be water based than more modern ones so _should_ re-activate with water.

I tried steaming off and gently sponging off the backing. I found the later worked best, and I was suprised the Ink on the postcards didnt run. I wasnt worried about the album so the pages were destroyed in the process, but the postcards came off clean, one or two did delaminate so the front started to peel from the backing.

Due to the water i found the postcards curled slightly during the process, but I left them between a couple of books to flatten them (be carefull about any residual and re-activated glue)

I tried on a card I wasnt particularly bothered about first.

Good luck, I hope it works.

Re: photos stuck in album

PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 3:27 pm
by johnbailey
cwigs wrote:Although I can not guarantee success, I recently had to remove some postcards which had been glued in an album - it was a thicker 'scrap book' style paper if that makes sense.

I was a thick, hard, yellowed glue, my guess is that old glues and more likely to be water based than more modern ones so _should_ re-activate with water.

I tried steaming off and gently sponging off the backing. I found the later worked best, and I was suprised the Ink on the postcards didnt run. I wasnt worried about the album so the pages were destroyed in the process, but the postcards came off clean, one or two did delaminate so the front started to peel from the backing.

Due to the water i found the postcards curled slightly during the process, but I left them between a couple of books to flatten them (be carefull about any residual and re-activated glue)

I tried on a card I wasnt particularly bothered about first.

Good luck, I hope it works.

thanks can but try