Thursday, October 07, 2010

This was the way we mount our photos

Below is a shot of the photo album which Russ Wickson was kind enough to send me last year. I used to have several photo albums like this one; but unfortunately I had thrown them all away. But thankfully, I kept many of the old photos. Do you notice the interesting way in which the photos are mounted? Each photo is mounted onto the photo album using 4 plastic self-adhesive corners. The pages are usually thick drawing block type paper and the pages are separated by a waxy transparent sheet.

The next generation of photo albums as far as I can recall had a sticky surface onto which you placed your photos. It is overlaid by a large clear plastic sheet. I regret using this type of album because after some years my photos got stuck to the pages. Any suggestions for removing them without damaging my precious old photos?

The next type photo albums came with individual plastic pockets. I still have several of them. But the ones I liked most were those which I bought in Japan. During my three-and-a-half month training in Japan in 1985, I took several photos and filed them in these albums. I liked the space provided at the side for you to write your notes. I bought a ten-volume set which came with a neat box file. I am glad to note that my 1985 photos are all still in good condition.

Today, in the digital age, I keep most of my photos as images on my hard disk. I find online albums like Flickr.com extremely useful for sharing large numbers of photos with many people. Unfortunately many people of my generation have not kept up with the times. For example, in my church I am in charge of sharing photos of important events with our members. When I uploaded the photos onto Flickr and emailed them the guest pass to access these photos; many did not know how to download the photos. I offered to teach them, but suggested that it was best that they consulted their children.

And here I have a complaint against our young people. They are often too impatient to teach their elders IT-related stuff. Have you forgotten the many hours your parents spent patiently teaching you the million and one things in your life?

22 comments:

Icemoon said...

I feel the new interface in Flickr is more complicated now - too many clicks.

How to teach elders IT-related stuff? Find those who have been there and done that, like this oldie, lol

Andy Young* said...

Get the pictures into new photo albums available at Popular Book shops. I do. They help to keep the prints intact.
Some folks find IT just too difficult.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the 'oldie' Unk Dicko has taken in to computers "like a duck to water". In fact, he has morphed from an "IT dinosaur" to "the wise old owl".

Anonymous said...

Any suggestions for removing them without damaging my precious old photos?

You can squirt lighter fluid like Ronsonal at the back of the photo and wait for a while. The fluid will 'dissolve' the adhesive and you then remove the intact photo.

Icemoon said...

The photo album with sticky surface is more than photo album. Usually people put tickets, cut outs from brochures and arrange them creatively on the page.

Lam Chun See said...

You can squirt lighter fluid like Ronsonal at the back of the photo and wait for a while..

Sorry I don't understand. The photos are stuck to the surface. See photo 2. How to squirt liquid on the back of the photo?

PChew said...

Your post has reminded me of my draft on similar subject. I did it last year and completely forgot about. You can read my post now.

Motorcycle Parts said...

The liquid "dissolve" the glue and then delete the photo intact.

Anonymous said...

Start at a corner. Squirt at that corner. After a few seconds it is easy to lift up. Lifting up the edge continue to squirt at the back of the photo. The photo might be damp with the liquid. No worries cos it will dry up and will not have any effect on the photo. Using this method, u might need lots of lighter fluid. Maybe some people out there might have a better method.

Anonymous said...

Reading it a 2nd time, I get it now (a bit slow). The plastic sheet covering is stuck to photos. Using the same method, find a small gap in between and squirt. Another way I can think of is following the way of photo studio of old. Soak the whole book in a pail of water. Album sure gone. Might take days for the water to seep through the whole album. The silver halide emulsion surface might still be bonded to the plastic. Check with National Archives?

Lam Chun See said...

Thanks for all the advice. Actually it is the photo that is stuck to the page. The clear plastic sheet did not get stuck to anything.

The other thing which Philip mentioned in his post is that sometimes the opposite happens; i.e. photos do not stick to the page at all and drop off.

Peter Stubbs said...

I've an old album like this type, bought in Singapore in 1967. I've successfully removed photos from it with just a pointed end scalpel and patience. You could just lift the edge of a photo with a scalpel and then apply a little lighter fuel. Nail varnish remover may also work, but I'd test it carefully first

I'm currently digitising all my old negatives. Well over 300 sets. Should keep me busy for a while.

Kim said...

Chun See, I agree with you about the photo albums over the years. When I came to Europe, I wanted to bring only the old photos because with albums being much heavier. In trying to take some photos out with the sticky album, I spoilt some photos. Another point is that I am so glad to know that I am NOT alone in not being able to use Flinckr - I will register for your course during my next trip. You know I once organized an Email course for age over 50's housewives (they were depending on their husbands or children to read or send their messages for them). I think only 50% of them are using what I have taught them : not bad.

yg said...

used to spend days organising the photos for my albums. nowadays, hardly print photos; all are stored in the hard-disk of the computer.

Tom said...

Chun See, I still Print My photograghs and put them into a new album , Why I still do that is because I like to hold the photo album in hands and look through the pages, I think Iam still a wee bit old fashion, eh.

Lam Chun See said...

Yes, it's nice to flip thro a photo album and see your old photos. But the new media has it's advantages. For example, you can compile your photos from a holiday or trip into a slide show, which you can play on tv for all to watch. I believe the latest tv sets and DVD recorders can display the images on your thumbdrive directly - although I have not tried it yet. And then you can save them on the hard disk of you dvd recorder and play them anytime. This is what I have done with some of videos of my kids when they were young. When friends and relative visit during Chinese New Year, we watch them together and it is great fun.

Another advantage of course is that it saves space. For example, after my dad passed away, he left behind many albums of his travels. Some of these have become faded. And we just did not have the space for them.

Tom said...

Chun See , Its True what you said about old Photograghs, I have alot of black and white prints and they are a wee bit faded,Chun See, I will Take your Advice and put them on a disk, And see how they come out.

Lam Chun See said...

By the way, did you notice that George Shaw, the original owner of that album liked to draw pictures next to his photos? Can you make out what he drew next to the photos of the GPO and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank building? One of the photos was of the jail at Outram Rd and guess what he drew ... a hangman's gallow.

veii said...

Personally, I think it is best to print a selection of photos that you really like. Given the changes in digital media format (from floppies to Zip Drives to external HDD to solid state USB thumb drives) over just two decades or so, there is always the risk that photos stored in digital media may someday no longer be playable or viewable, except at great expense. There is some official data on magnetic tapes (for mainframes) from the early eighties that can no longer be replayed, and maybe even with the right media player there may no longer be programs to run the media data.

Kamagra said...

The fluid will 'dissolve' the adhesive and you then remove the intact photo.

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