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Archival Scrapbook Copying/Duplication… why?

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Making an archival copy of a scrapbook can be easier than you think. But why do it?! Welllllllll…. family members may want copies, the original may NOT be archival and you want to make one that will last, also disaster planning for the next tornado, hurricane or flood means getting physical archival copies of all […]

Library of Congress holds Preservation Week Activities

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Preservation Week April 22-28, 2012 at the Library of Congress is a big deal! And they are going to have  couple of interesting events about saving your stuff at home… The Library of Congress in Washington DC Preserving our history and sharing knowledge are what our profession does best. You can play an important role in helping […]

Floss Your Photos?!

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Do you have magnetic photo albums? Here’s a video from the Smithsonian with a neat trick on how to detach hard to remove photos.  The floss is a good trick/technique but be sure to use weights to hold down the page while detaching the photo, as she has demonstrated. It makes the job much easier! […]

Inexpensive and Fast Archival Method For Storing Photos, Letters and Certificates the Best Way – 7 Easy Steps, A Video Testimonial and a Quick Instructional Video

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What do you do when you inherit a large box of photos and other family history items and you want to protect and preserve them, but don’t have time to get organized, make cute scrapbooks and be “everything you can be”?! Women’s World Magazine recently interviewed me for information on what can a busy woman […]

Help, I Inherited A Pile Of Family Photos and Scrapbooks!

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This question (and answer) is reproduced here for the benefit of all… this is a very common situation that appeals to the heart of family history. To Scott, Thank you for the photo archival information that you sent to me as the Preservation Tips that I signed up for on It’s been very useful. […]

Tips for Collectors: Protecting Yourself from Counterfeit and Fraudulent Art

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Real versus Fake? Distinguishing a genuine work of art from a counterfeit wannabe stands at the base of every collector’s worry. “Fakes” are not always an effort to deceive.  However, most “fakes” are fraudulent. Here are a few different scenarios to consider: An artist’s estate can ethically add an artist’s signature to a piece post mortem in an […]