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Username Post: photos & cedar chests        (Topic#331046)
DeblynA 
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06-01-14 06:14 PM - Post#4111914    

My sister in law sent me a text asking "Is it safe to store photos in a cedar chest?"

How would you answer that question?
My answer would be "No, it is not safe to store photos in a cedar chest."

Thinking back my mom & grandma both stored family photos in shoe boxes in their linen cabinets.


 
Grandma to 3 
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06-01-14 06:34 PM - Post#4111916    
    In response to DeblynA

I remember my mother stored lots of family photo's in her cedar chest. Not sure what has happened to them now, but I don't recall there being an issue when we'd dig them out and look at them.

 
jeter2girl21 
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06-01-14 07:52 PM - Post#4111926    
    In response to Grandma to 3

My moms were in a Cedar chest for years... they smell funny, but no damage

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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06-02-14 12:32 AM - Post#4111944    
    In response to DeblynA

I've decided that photos are pretty forgiving. I have some that are more than 100 years old. They have survived all sorts of bad storage

 
RedSquirrel 
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06-02-14 02:30 AM - Post#4111946    
    In response to Gramma - Claudia

I've never really thought about it. I would have thought that as long as it was dark and dry and not actually touching acidic things, they should be OK. Why would think it was not safe? Is there something about cedar that I don't know?

 
DeblynA 
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06-02-14 10:10 AM - Post#4112000    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I don't have a real reason for my answer Rosey, other than I was guessing.

My thought was that the chemicals used to develop the photos might cause some sort of reaction when stored in the cedar chest.

I knew that storing stuff in a cedar chest would make things smell a bit, and that storing linens & wedding dresses was ok, just wasn't so sure about photos.

I knew that if I came here I would get the right advice or answer to my question.

 
RedSquirrel 
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06-02-14 10:52 AM - Post#4112004    
    In response to DeblynA

Well there's one thing I do know. Any photos stored in a cedar chest would not be bothered by moths.

 
buttonscrapper 
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06-02-14 02:52 PM - Post#4112020    
    In response to RedSquirrel

I've never stored photos in my cedar chest, but I have all my old negatives stored in there. Haven't checked them to make sure they are ok.

 
GwynnAsbury 
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06-02-14 06:48 PM - Post#4112064    
    In response to buttonscrapper

ACtually storing them inside of an acid and lignin free box inside the chest is a GREAT idea. Cedar is a natural bug repellant, it should be okay.

 
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