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Hallmark "magnetic" photo pages

Darby Wallace , Sep 11, 2001; 10:38 p.m.

I have been re-organizing family photos, and have found that many need to be put into a better archival system. Most of the older albums are in "magnetic" pages, and they are yellowing and you can see the self stick stuff on the pages.

I bought some "magnetic" pages from Hallmark because a friend recommended them. They don't get wrinkles on the pages.... but after researching what I should have, "magnetic pages" are on the DON'T list.

Can anyone offer suggestions that don't involve plastic sleeves? Or is the Hallmark product OK? They guarantee it photo safe... but these haven't been around 100 years yet.

I have been trying to avoid the photo corner in a paper album route, but that may be the only safe way... Any comments are appreciated.



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David Lovegren , Sep 12, 2001; 03:24 a.m.

I use archival quality plastic sleeve style pages from Light Impressions (www.lightimpressionsdirect.com). i've been using them for a few years now, and no problems yet.

Andrew Kantor , Sep 12, 2001; 08:45 a.m.

From what I understand, the Hallmark pages don't contain the acidic or PVC-related materials that can damage photos. But if you're unsure, Exposures (www.exposuresonline.com) sells archival-quality magnetic pages.

Patrick Dumais , Sep 12, 2001; 10:32 a.m.

How about those adhesive photo corners ? Of course it's a little more complicated and a little thicker on the pages, but... no plastic !

Patricia Lee , Sep 12, 2001; 11:20 a.m.

The archival products from Light Impressions are made of polypropylene, or polyethylene, not plastic. They have the material in different configurations, i.e., various sizes of slide/negative sheets, various sizes of print pockets, combo sheets with a pocket for an 8x10 contact sheet on one side and sleeved-off rows for 35mm strips on the other side, etc.

I have not had any sticking or fading with these products. Can't vouch for 100-year protectiveness but they are probably your best bet at this time.

David G. Kelly , Sep 12, 2001; 03:17 p.m.

As a photo archivist, I use the mylar sleeves from Light Impressions. This is the best material for long-term preservation. The sleeves are expensive, so you may want to shop around. Besides Light Impressions, you can puchase them from Gaylord, B&H, even your local photo store. The sleeves come in different thicknesses. The thinner (2 mil?) sleeves are best for viewing and will protect the pictures from fingerprints. You may want to have another copy of the photos made for presentation and put them into a more attractive photo album.

Bill Pearce , Sep 12, 2001; 03:47 p.m.

First, they're not magnetic, as the page is not a ferrous material.

I don't know about the Hallmark version, but I have seen the results of some photos in older versions. There is some kind of adhesive that eats photos.

Use either archival "plastic" sleeves or mylar corners on appropriate paper.

Bill Pearce

Patricia Lee , Sep 12, 2001; 05:26 p.m.

I checked DuPont's site to find out just what Mylar is made from. It's one type of polyester.

Paul Nielsen , Sep 13, 2001; 12:09 a.m.

I believe that this is a great subject for us to collaborate on. How many of us have boxes and boxes of envelopes of photos and negs around our house and frankly, they're useless to us. This spring I had a vacation (.com fallout) and spent some time organizing the negs and the photos into proper archival pages (poly neg sheets and photo sheets) in binders. I can now identify basically every photo and find the corresponding neg for 10 years back. It feels good. The only problem is that the binders don't fit the photo sheets. The sheets I used present 4 x 4x6 on each side. This means that the sheets are over 12 inches wide and a binder meant to hold paper that is 11 inches long is short. I'm living with it for the moment but there has to be a good solution. Wait a minute, my brain is working on it and I may have just the solution. Darn, not good enough. Must eat more fish and carrots.

Anybody else care to contribute ideas?


Martin Fahey , Sep 13, 2001; 03:08 a.m.

Presonally, I prefer photo albums that consist of thick black pages, separated by thin tissue-type pages. This involves gluing the photos to the pages. The problem is to find a good glue. From what I can gather, the specially made non-acid glues for this purpose do not do a good job adhering to photographs, because of the non-permeable surface of the photograph paper. (The photographic "cement" that I have used in the past seems to give up after a few years, allowing many of the photos to fall out.) So, any ideas on a good glue would be welcome.

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