Paper Based Collection Preservation Care Tips 1-2 | Avoid Exposure to Light
Is there a reason why the Declaration of Independence is displayed and held in a dark hall … is it because that exposure to (P)hotons/light is the equivalent to condemning this rare treasure to a slow death. Have you ever visited the National Archives in Washington D.C. to view our heritage via this and other historical documents. If so, did you notice how faded most of them are, some parts having faded to be barely legible. Why not avoid imposing the same fate on your art collections? Yes, you can stop your philatelic stamps, prints, comics and baseball card based from fading to oblivion.
To gain a quick understanding of how you can prevent your collections from being sentenced to the “death penalty” the Declaration of Independence was saved from, Care Tips 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are provided in a series of posts that you can find by the tag “tips”. On this page you will find Care Tips 1-3, which provide easy to implement techniques to preserve and protect your philatelic stamp collections, baseball cards, comic books and other paper based art from exposure to (P)hotons/light.
Care Tip 1. Use only the amount of VISIBLE light that is necessary to view of your baseball card, comic book, art and philatelic and stamp collections “comfortably”. Exposure to the amount of light of a typical office/room/exhibition hall should be avoided. First easy steps that you can take to lower the number of photons that your rarities are exposed to are: (a) lower the wattage of the light bulbs and lights you use as indoor room illumination (b) use window shades to block outdoor light from shining directly or indirectly on your collections. That was easy, wasn’t it?
Care TIP 2. Minimize the amount of ultraviolet light your comic book, baseball card, art and stamp collections are exposed to, by which we mean, not only to the UV light present in normal room light/illumination, but also to the high intensity light of UV lamps that are typically used for philatelic authentication and expertization. To reduce UV light induced damage you can loer the wattage of your UV lights, and filter the UV light from your regular room light by using UV filters.
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