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#1 RD Milhollin

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 09:45 AM

Smell vinegar? UTA adds cold storage facility for its collection of historic photos:

 

http://www.star-tele...ies-set-to.html

 

Amon Carter Museum facility is discussed in the article as well. 



#2 John S.

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 02:14 PM

The deterioration of historic artifacts over time is a challenging problem for museums and artifact repositories. I've read that quite a few movies from the old silent films era (before the late 1920's) have been lost due to film deterioration. The Library of Congress spent millions having their collections of rare books de-acidified by a conservation firm to buy them additional life. Nothing lasts forever but we should do whatever is reasonably necessary to preserve our collective cultural record. Sometimes the only record we have of lost places is an old photograph or a rare illustration on paper. As noted, such conservation work is not cheap, so private owners-collectors and repositories with lesser means may continue to lose precious artifacts because they do not have access and cannot afford such conservation measures.  I suppose ten thousand years from now none of this will matter; there may not be any records left then from our era. (or anyone left to see them) but for now, the conservation issue is relevant.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:12 AM

I'm just glad that, thousands of years from now when the apes are digging up and excavating our extinct civilization, they will not find the old Civil Courts Building.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 10:46 AM

I'm just glad that, thousands of years from now when the apes are digging up and excavating our extinct civilization, they will not find the old Civil Courts Building.

Amen, to that one...



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 12:11 AM

I'm just glad that, thousands of years from now when the apes are digging up and excavating our extinct civilization, they will not find the old Civil Courts Building.

 

Well... Thanks to the cold storage facility they will likely find PHOTOS of it, YOURS perhaps...






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