Framing your photograph is the best way to preserve your photographic heirlooms. The National Archives explains: “Photographic artworks should be matted to museum standards using high quality matboard for the window mat and the back board.” Qualified, professional framers who understand techniques for mounting, matting, and framing ensure that your heirlooms last a life time. The National Archives’ stance on decorative store frames explains that frames without appropriate mounting and framing cause photo deterioration and destruction: ”Decorative frames, available at many stores, are appropriate for everyday snapshots. However, these frames either do not come with a mat or spacers to keep the photo from contact with the glass, or they use a poor quality acidic paper mat. Unfortunately, many unmatted photos have been damaged or permanently stuck to glass when fluid seeped between the glass and photo after the glass had been sprayed with liquid cleaner or beverages were spilled near the frame.”
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