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preserving old letters

One of my elderly residents that I take care of has many old love letters from her husband during world war ll. They are quite old of course and she wishes to hand them down to her family. They have much sentimental and historical value. She wants to know the best way of preserving these letters. She has been keeping them in a plastic box.

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Asked by karriewren at 11:56 PM on May. 19, 2010 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • An acid free cardboard box is better. There is also some plastic storage made for scrapbooking that is safe for old paper. If she wants to display them, a framer at a frame shop/dept. can help her place them in a shadow box that will preserve them. If she wants to place them in a scrapbook, use papers and sleeves made for scrapbooking that is acid free. Just placing them in a sealing plastic storage container may actually damage them because of the chemicals normal plastic releases.

    Answer by cwahmommie at 1:26 AM on May. 20, 2010

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