Three Steps to Preserve Old Albums

Three Steps to Preserve Old Albums

The old black and white albums are really amazing! They are a treasure trove of family history and a snapshot of life in the early to mid-1900’s. You get a glimpse of the hairstyles and fashions through the years.

If you have one of these fabulous albums you want to preserve it for future generations. Many of the black and white albums are very fragile, the black pages are often tattered, and the photos may be faded.

I have three suggestions for preserving these precious albums:


The first thing to do is to get the album digitized by a professional. You need to find someone who knows how to handle the albums and who could generate good quality digital images.
Digitizing the albums and viewing them on a computer screen have many advantages. The album is perfectly preserved, and the images could be enlarged to more easily read the labels.


Preserve the Physical Album

Once digitized, the original album should be placed in an archival sleeve. This will reduce further deterioration. It should be kept in a dry place, such as the top of a closet. Being in a sleeve and in a closet will also deter you from opening the album and further damaging it.

Photo Book

A great way to keep the album current and to share it with children and grandchildren is to create a photo book from the pages of the old black and white album. You could do this yourself, or you could contact a Photo Organizer to help with this endeavor.

The “New” Old photo books look great, and are easy to handle, without worrying that they will fall apart in your hands.


If you have these wonderful treasures and want to save them for yourself, your kids, and generations to come, you can contact PreciousMemories at We’ll be happy to take care of the books for you or provide guidance.

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