Posted: 2015-04-05 11:04
Here my current project. Three family Photograph/Postcard albums dating from the early 20th century. Cloth, paper and faux leather covered, each are in a particularly damaged and fragile condition, rendering very little protection for their treasured contents. In their present state they are basically unusable as there is a high risk of content loss and further damage to the early colour lithograph postcards,delicately embroidered ', Great War ' Sweet Heart ' letter cards and back and white albumen photo prints. The original binding was a prototype combination of concertina folding and non-galvanised metal stapling. The text block mounts are not of sufficient supportive strength for display using the slit corner method which have subsequently caused weakening running tears.
My task will be to sympathetically construct new albums from chemically inert materials, salvaging as much as possible of the original decorative covering material, inscriptions and historical production elements for subsequent re-mounting. Please keep posted as I will upload more Photographs of the completed project in due course. Thank you.
The albums have now been completed to a condition in which the contents are now fully protected. The post treatment photographs can be viewed below. The photographs and postcards have been re-positioned with archival polypropylene, self adhesive corner mounts, enabling them to be removed with ease if required. The new albums have integral Glassine interleaved, protection sheets for additional protection.