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Preserving pictures on display


If your picture is worth displaying, it's worth preserving, especially family pictures. Take measures to protect your pictures as you put them on display.
UV-protective glass
When framing a picture, use UV-protective glass for maximum protection from the sun and fluorescent and halogen lighting. UV-protective glass is just as clear as regular glass, but will help block harmful rays from damaging your picture, so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
Acid-free materials
Acid-free, or photo quality, materials will not cause picture decay. Standard paper materials and adhesives may contain acids or lignins, which will eat away at your picture over time. So, if you want a picture display that will endure, use acid-free materials to put it together.
Always use a mat when framing a picture—it's more than just a pretty color. Matting around a framed photo creates a pocket of air between the picture and the glass. With matting, your framed picture won't get moldy, wrinkly, or “stuck” to the glass. You, of course, will want the mat to be acid-free or photo quality.
If you want to hang a few pictures on a bulletin board or cork panel, use T-pins instead of thumbtacks or push pins. T-pins are shaped like a "T" to help support pictures, without actually having to poke a hole in them.

Just position your picture on the cork where you want to display it. Insert a T-pin or two on each side of the picture, at an angle, so the heads of the pins hold your picture in place.