17 Feb 2015

How to Store Vintage Postcards

Vintage postcards are a great collectable, and for good reason.With so many interesting and attractive designs, and it’s easy to get a collection started. Whether they’ve been passed down to you or you’ve found cards in the attic or a flea market, storing postcards properly is important to keeping them in top shape.

Vintage Postcards

Even though paper items can be delicate, many very old postcards remain ingreat condition if they were stored securely when they were new.

If you’ve found, purchased, or inherited old postcards that are not well protected, you should see to their proper storage right away. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your collection for years to come, and more importantly will retain their their value.

Simply keeping them loose or in piles risks damage that can diminish their appearance and worth. You’ll want to store them in a way that minimizes their exposure to things like moisture, handling, UV light, acid, and bending.

Take a look at these storage options to find the one that fits your collection best.

  1. Frames
    If you have a small collection or just a few choice specimens from a larger collection, keeping your cards in frames is a great way to display and protect them simultaneously.
  2. It’s important to make sure that your cards are not in contact with any materials that could slowly harm them, even in storage. This means choosing archival acid-free paper and mats for your frame.

    Direct sunlight can also damage your cards, so you should display them in areas that are protected. As an added precaution, you can fit your frame with glass with UV protection.

  3. Albums
    If you want to view and enjoy more cards than you could easily display in frames, an album is a great choice. An album lets you look through a number of cards with ease without risking damage. Plus, when the album is closed and stored, the cards are protected from light exposure.
  4. Just as with frames, the materials that your cards are in contact with are very important. Do not simply stick your cards to the page with adhesive tape. A good archival quality album will have plastic sleeves or inserts that will hold the cards. The plastic should be PVC free.

  5. Boxes
    Archival boxes are great for keeping a large collection well organized while still giving them proper protection. The downside is that most of the cards will be harder to view without handling them some.

    Aluminium boxes are a good choice, but if your box is lined or made of cardboard or paper, it should be acid free. Use pvc-free plastic sleeves to protect the individual cards within the box. These will also protect the cards from contaminants on your hands when you handle the cards.

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