Foxing and folders - remove the prints?

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Posted by Ross Walker on October 30, 2002 at 12:15:05:

Time again to call on the collective wisdom of this group.

I have been fortunate enough to obtain a complete set of prints from the 1941 series "Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks" (Seichi Shiseki Meisho) by Tomikichiro Tokuriki. It is a beautiful series in very good condition except for some minor foxing or spot discolouration on all of the folders that hold the prints:

My concern is that this discolouration may eventually spread to the prints over time. For a more in-depth explanation of the set and the foxing problem, click Here.

I'm after any and all opinions or advice on whether it is wise to remove the prints from the folders or not. Because the edition is so 'complete' (including all 50 prints, mica-impregnated folders, wooden box, tatou covers, 110-page book on the series, embossed cloth inserts, etc.), it would seem a shame to 'deface' it by removing the folders. But if this is necessary to protect the prints then that is something I am prepared to do.

Thanks in advance.

Ross Walker

Otsu, Japan.

In case I screw-up the above link, here it is as text:

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