Yesterday, at a crop, I decided to remove the photos from two of 4 albums that has this style photo album. I have to tell you how ill I got when I realize I allowed several of my photos to ruin.
Here is a pictorial journey of the process of removing the photos and showing you the damage it caused. The photos were taken with my Blackberry.
The Magnetic Album did not seem to have damaged my photos at all in the beginning...
just yellowing on the album page itself.
You can see the yellowing here.
Make sure you have something to store you photos in until you can scrapbook them.
Make sure you have a photo safe pen to identify the photo later.
There is damage here, but barely noticeable.
With the close up you can see the yellowing that migrated onto my photo.
The migration of the yellowing does not stop at the edge of the photo. The yellowing will continue under the photo and continue to damage your photo.
The worse damage of all. The entire photo of my daughter's first professional photo in the hospital has yellowed. You can tell it's not just the photo when you see the edge has yellowed.
My photos easily came out of the album. That is not always the case. Undo would help in removing the photos. Here is a website that gives a different way to remove stubborn photos. I haven't tried this, but it is interesting. Here is an explanation from About.com of why this yellowing and damage occurs:
These were made from a thick paper stock and coated with glue strips. There was a Mylar plastic covering both sides of this stock and it was claimed that this was a good way to preserve photographs. After being on the market for about fifteen years, conservators recognized that the glue being used had a very high acidic content. So much so, that after only ten to fifteen years in storage, new photographs were starting to show signs of deterioration. The acid was eating through the backs of the photographs and the Mylar was sealing in the acidic fumes causing a deterioration on the image side as well.
It upsets me that I did not take the photos out sooner. Learn from my hard lesson and find the time to get your photos out of the magnetic albums. Oh yes, there are still a few out on the market. Pioneer Photo Albums does make an acid free Magnetic album. I highly recommend that you do not buy a magnetic album unless, like Pioneer, states that it is acid free.
2. God answering prayers, both yes and no
3. the wonderful relationship my husband and I continue to build
4. God's strength through changes
5. God's protection while driving