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Prevent and Remove Mold From Old Leather Belongings – 7 Useful Tips from a Preservation Expert

January 26th, 2016

By Natalie Miller, Guest Blogger

Mold can be found everywhere. Those microscopic furry organisms come in different forms and colours, and they can and do colonize anything – including your home, the contents and tragically, your treasured heirlooms. Mold can cause serious damage and it is particularly dangerous to old leather book bindings and other leather heirlooms. Here are 7 useful tips on preventing and cleaning mold from your old leather belongings… An important 1st Tip!: old leather is much weaker and more sensitive and you cannot clean it the same way or with the same products as new leather!

Leave stains along for now

Get good air circulation to dry out mold

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Family History Heirlooms, Fragility and a FREE Book

September 19th, 2014

By Emma Spellman, contributing bloggerEmma Spellman, Guest Blogger

Preserving Paper: The Fragility of Family History Memories can be very important. They are reminders of people, places and experiences that have meant a lot to us. We reminisce with old friends, tell stories about our past adventures, and treasure the photos, letters and other and documents that remind us or jog our memories of the people we used to know. However, memory is not just about what we remember for ourselves. We even treasure the memories that have beeLove lettern shared with us. We keep hold of photos of family members who died long before we were born, and we preserve mementos of our own parents and grandparents, passing them on to the next generation, so that the people we have loved will continue to be remembered long after we are gone. We want to hold on to the stories we have been told, and the tangible reminders of the people who matter. This is why we need to keep hold of these family mementos. An old letter or photo can link the generations together, tell the stories and ensure that the people who created them will be remembered. Learn the tips and “how-to” take care of them with a free 205 page book you can download. CLICK HERE

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Memorabilia Collection Care 5 important tips

November 6th, 2013

By Katherine Golovinova


People collect memorabilia to treasure memories. Sports fans and movie lovers alike treasure such acquisitions and strive to keep the items in pristine condition. No one in their right mind would want to spend thousands of dollars on a ‘Honus Wagner’ baseball card and then let it decay due to lack of care and attention. This is where preservation, conservation, and restoration of memorabilia come in. First, let’s take a look at what each of these terms mean then I’ll give you some great tips to take care of your stuff.

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Sports Memorabilia – A Passion, Preserve it!

September 29th, 2012

One of our Save Your Stuff Fans from Australia asked to “give it go” as a guest blogger and so, here is her excellent write up to share with you her passion for Sports Memorabilia Read the rest of this entry »

Art Conservation and “Saving Your Stuff” focus of Daughters of Utah Pioneers Annual Meeting

July 7th, 2012
Orson Pratt Family

Orson Pratt Family

The featured speaker at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Annual Director’s Meeting in Ogden, Utah, was widely acclaimed art and painting conservator, Mr. Scott M. Haskins. For the 450 members present at the main session on the 9th of July, 2012, it was a rare and delightful experience.

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Alexander Hesler/George Ayres interpositive of Abraham Lincoln

May 16th, 2012
 Interpositive of Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Hesler/George Ayres

Interpositive of Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Hesler/George Ayres

Here’s a really interesting video about a glass photo image of Abraham Lincoln being repaired. I guess it’s full technical identification is an Alexander Hesler/George Ayres interpositive. Too bad its only 30 seconds. I would have liked to see more details. Really interesting:

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How To Get Organized – Collectibles, Old Photos, Family History – A Short Video To Make You Smile

March 24th, 2012

Organizing collectibles, old photos, boxes of old letters and documents, old books from loved ones past on can be a daunting and mind spinning experience. Where do you start? What is your goal? Well, those aren’t reallythe right questions to ask.

One of my great pleasures since 1978 has been to work on the enormously popular and historical items within the collection of the Historical Department of the LDS Church. One of the oral history researchers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons) was in my lab this week interviewing me about the art conservation and restoration work I’ve done for the history department of the Church History Museum over the decades. We discussed my book, How To Save Your Stuff (see product section of this website in scroll on left) and Ann Marie thought you would be interested, as she was, in this quick tip about how to avoid confusion when getting organized…and how to eat more ice cream!  The video is less than 2 minutes.

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Collectibles and Heirlooms May Be Treasured But Are They Worth Protecting?

March 6th, 2012

An Heirloom’s Value?

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Priceless Collectibles? Are they worth protecting?

March 3rd, 2012

This post is submitted by guest blogger Michele the E-bay Seller:

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Consultation Services for Your Fine Arts

November 11th, 2011

A consultation service by a fine art conservator may include, art registry, Insurance evaluations emergency damage claims and restoration and conservation.
You may need of an appraisal for an insurance claim, insurance policy needs, estate planning, probate settlement or a collection of documentations. A fine art conservator can work with your insurance company.
When a disaster occurs and your property is damaged, without records, you may not be reimbursed for the value of your loss. If your house is destroyed, or just your artwork, there will be a major loss.
You should think about how to prepare for disaster, with the earthquake and fire and floods. It’s not if something will happen close to home, but when, and how terrible it will be. Art may be registered and described.

Art Registry is tracking identification system that is attached information that is applied to your art and collectibles, the archive safe ID tag are registered in a database.
The progress of any conservation or preservation previously done on a fine art needs to be recorded. This should include changes to the frame, so that all the information on an item may be traced. This information will insure that proper care is provided in handling your artwork.
If you decided not to take the correct steps to protect your paintings or collectables, the information about your art may be lost, if it is sold. If a paintings or collectable is sold, the registration is transferred with the Art register tag.

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