I just recently found an old photograph of my Grandmother, Lois Joyce Williams (Nanna Willy) 1920- 2012, which was already framed back in the day but had deteriorated quite badly as it didn't have any backing board behind to protect it from moisture.
I wanted to re frame it in its original frame which needed a bit of restoring, but also wanted to use the materials used today to protect and preserve the photo to pass down through the generations in our family.
Unfortunately the photograph was stuck down to the backing card which was badly buckled from water damage.
The photo had been taken by a professional photographer and was obviously presented to them mounted on the card. There was a marking in the bottom corner of the card which said "The New Swiss Studios - Rundle Street Adelaide". This would have been quite expensive back in the day to have these taken.
I had to put weight on it over a couple of days and also trim the edges off of the card to reduce the warped effect.
I also replaced the mat board which had seen better days.
The frame was a bit dry and cracked and also coming apart in the corners.
I had to inject some wood glue into the corners as much as I could to make the frame more stable and then just put on a couple of coats of decking oil to bring out the grain.
This sticker on the back is showing that I have replaced the glass with 99% UV conservation glass to prevent any more fading in the future.
You will also see that I have used a backing tape to prevent any moisture of dust from getting in and causing any more deterioration.
This photo is showing that I have backed it off with acid free foam board which is PH neutral and doesn't have any nasty chemicals in it like MDF which will get into the photos and art over time.
It originally was only backed off with brown paper.
I have also used hangers and wire on the back as it didn't have anything on the back to hang it from. This will last forever in comparison to a hanging cord which will only have a certain lifespan.
This is the finished product which will now protect the photograph from any further damage.
I tried to match the mat board colour as best I could to the original mat that was on it.
This photo of my Nanna is precious to me and it will be handed down to my kids and hopefully down to theirs and so on.
Don't let your precious memories fade away.