Dating old photo albums

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These photographs have a neutral image tone and were most likely produced on a matte collodion, gelatin or gelatin bromide paper.

Sometimes images from this period can be identified by a greenish cast.

Experts say that the best way to preserve old photos is to store them in archival boxes, handle them sparingly and never expose them to light. My own love of family history began while sitting with my Grandma at the kitchen table going through old pictures and hearing her recollections about the relatives who were depicted in them.

Most families love to enjoy old photos, passing them around at gatherings, sharing stories about distant places and times.

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In this particular album, near the album’s conclusion, a young man and a young woman whose portraits faced each other turned out to be husband and wife, a promising young couple who had studied together at university during the early twentieth century.

60 years of photos were stored in 5 large plastic storage containers that needed two people to lift them.

Some were in photo frames; some in photo albums and some were loosely thrown into the containers.

So while you should try to keep your family photos in good shape, don’t go overboard and forget their purpose — remembering those who are gone.

Here are some tips on preserving – and enjoying – family photos.

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