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Posted by Colin Birch on November 22, 2002 at 19:43:49:

In Reply to: Re: remove the prints? How? posted by Ross on November 02, 2002 at 03:31:06:

I noticed this discussion before and was a little worried, but stayed quiet, because I consider myself a novice. However, after Anders' comments, I think I can add a cautious suggestion.

There is no need to rush. Why not make a careful record of the current condition of the prints and folders and store them for a year to see what happens? With or without the foxing, the most important thing is to keep them dry and insect free. Adding a sheet of buffered paper to the folder may also help according to my reference on paper conservation. I would be nervous of doing anything directly affecting the paper of a print in good (excellent) condition.

: Thanks for your suggestions David.

: : So you don't really need to 'break' anything, just take them apart and store them separately ...

: Which brings me to my next problem - detaching the prints (all 50!) from their folders without harming either the prints or the folders. The prints are tipped to the folders in two locations as is normally the case. I expect professional removal for all 50 prints will be too expensive, so the D.I.Y. approach (tested on a cheap Showa-era repro) seems appropriate at this stage. Any ideas on how to go about print removal from folders?

: I'm thinking of sliding an OHP plastic sheet between the print and the folder back, making a small cut-out in the OHP to accommodate the tipped portion. Then carefully applying moisture via a damp cloth(?) to the back of the folder in the location behind the tipped portion. I'm hoping the moisture will gradually soak up into and through the folder, and will eventually loosen the rice glue(?) used to tip the print to the folder. Ideally, the moisture should not migrate up to the print itself (the print will hopefully have released itself from the folder before that occurs), but admittedly that will be hard to control. I'll test this on a cheap repro first.

: Do any readers of this site have experience with detaching prints from folders? Advice or comments (privately or via this group) would be greatly appreciated.

: Ross

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