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Lisa Louise Cooke and I had an interesting chat about how to preserve newspaper clippings. You get to listen in our conversation because we recorded it for Lisa’s Genealogy Gems podcast. Yay! Episode 83 is ready and waiting for you. Below are my notes from that talk. Before we begin our examination of old clippings, […]

In an earlier post about how to organize photos, I talked about respecting age. The older the photograph, the harder you should try to find another home for it if you don’t want to keep it yourself. Part of the reason why you should respect age is because age goes hand in hand with scarcity. […]

. I realize that my advice about tossing photos (“lose the dreck!”) can make some folks nervous. If you are one of those people, I want to reassure you that I do not suggest anyone toss out ancestor photos willy-nilly. No way. Respect Age (when you toss photo clutter) “Respect Age” – means just that. […]

Scrapbooking is a very popular hobby here in the United States. Surely you’ve seen stunning examples in your own family or group of friends. And who wouldn’t appreciate a personalized scrapbook made for them by someone they love? What a beautiful, thoughtful gift!   . But there’s a dark side to this — and it […]

Our favorite photographs are valuable beyond measure. Many folks name a photo or album of photos as the possession they would grab first if they ever had to flee. Just last month, I heard a story about a woman who escaped her burning office tower on September 11th…only to rush back inside to retrieve the […]

Sometimes? You have to carry your anger around with you for a looong time before you have a chance to write it down. I’ve literally been holding onto an empty egg carton because the icky marketing tactics reminded me so much of the way archival photo boxes are sold. It’s an important lesson for anyone […]

Post-It notes are only temporary. Is it safe to put then on photographs?

. Alexander Stille is one of my favorite writers. Here is a link to the first essay of his that I ever read. I discovered it while I was in grad school over a decade ago, and I never forgot it. It’s free to read, and I hope you enjoy it. Free Online Essay: Are […]

SLAGIAT = “Seemed like a good idea at the time.” In the past, conservators used poisons like cyanide and arsenic (!) to kill insects and other pests. Even though they didn’t always work. Eeeek. After apologizing for preaching to the converted, a conservator on a professional email list had this to say: More than one […]

I have a weakness for obsolete technology in general, and typewriters in particular. This is a marvelous video about a small Chicago business with plenty of clickety clack. He even sells typewriter ribbon! And here’s footage of lots of antique typewriters from a shop in Portland, OR: Got a typewriter story or memory you’d like […]