Cleaning the Pictures

I placed the pictures in a tub of water and gently washed them by rocking the tub and by dipping them in and out of the clean water. Knowing how fragile each photo can be, I held it very carefully by an edge or corner. Then I laid it in a 9” x 13” pan and covered it with a piece of wax paper, and went for the next one. This wasn’t a fancy cleaning job, just something to get the dirt off. When the water was dirty, I changed it. I did this as quickly as possible because the longer I took, the softer the image became.

Preserving the Pictures
There were a lot of photos and I didn’t have time to dry them all at once, so when the cake pan was full I put it in a freezer. This was to stop further damage from the water and any mildew. By the end of the day, I had five of these pans in our freezer. Now, with further damage to the photo stopped, I could take my time in doing the next part of the recovery and I could do it at a time of my choosing. I wasn’t worried about getting the picture back to Kelly quickly. She had her hands full of other things.


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