Monday, 2 December 2013

Dental Floss: a Genealogist’s Friend

Apart from the obvious health benefits of regular flossing there is another way we can use dental floss.

Many of us have inherited the old magnetic photo albums which were popular in the 1970’s and 80s. They have glue strips on the page and a plastic sheet that folds over the page to protect the picture. At the time they seemed a good idea but we have all come to know that the glue was acidic and can cause long term damage to your precious image.

Initially the photos were able to be removed easily but after a long  period of time the photos are firmly attached to the pages.

This is where the trusty dental floss comes into its own.  Take a piece that is at least six inches (15cm) longer than the photo you want to remove as you will want to wind the floss around your fingers. Gently lift one corner of the photo and then work the floss in a gentle sawing motion back and forth under the photo. It doesn’t really matter if you work away from yourself or towards yourself and I have found it sometimes depends on where the photo is placed as to which is easier to do.

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Continue until the photo is released from the page.

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