[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Cleaning old photos

Eleanor ehaas3 at cox.net
Fri Mar 27 18:14:22 PDT 2009

I don't know why my message didn't get sent out.  There is a product from 
Un-du. . . google it and it cleans both the front and the back.  Eleanor

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Otto" <otto at schienke.com>
To: "GPV List" <ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org>
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Cleaning old photos

> The carefully steaming process sounds like a winner for the back side.
> I've cleaned numerous old photographs prior to scanning them both
> front and back side.
> After the photo has thoroughly dried from the steaming bit (if needed)
> one would want to further clean it.
> Usually there is a silver oxide residue build-up on the viewed side.
> Use "art gum eraser powder" used by draftsmen to clean down their
> tracings or blueprints.
> One should be able to purchase it at an office supply store.
> Dust it on and with a slight rubbing action lift a lot of the oxide
> from the face of the photo. Do not over rub. Gentle does it.
> Cracks, flaws, discolorations can be cleaned up in the scans if Adobe
> Photoshop if available.
> I scan in at 600 - 1000 dpi or more so I have a lot of resolution for
> the cleaning process, then size the master print down and save it to
> disk as a "save as" to whatever height, width and dpi is desired. The
> clean hi-resolution "master scan" I save and archive for future use.
> You will be glad you did.
> . . .   Otto
>          " The Zen moment..." wk. of January 04, 2009-
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