Black & white photographs on plain paper or mounted on paperboard

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:

  • Dry or freeze within 48 hours.
  • Gelatin image surfaces swell and soften when wet. Avoid touching image.
  • Handle photograph by edges and support underneath.
  • Do not touch sticky image surfaces with bare hands. Do not tightly compress items.
  • Paper photographs will fuse together permanently if allowed to dry in contact with each other.
  • Cover them with plastic to prevent partial drying until they can be frozen or salvaged. Image surfaces are susceptible to mold and physical damage, especially at high temperatures.
  • Local commercial photo labs that offer traditional photographic processing may be used to rewash and dry films.
  • Use extra caution with large objects; wet paper is easily torn. Support with screens or polyester webbing.