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How can I get ink off old pictures?

Posted by sewnjoy (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 29, 05 at 21:06

Hi everyone! I'm new here & was wondering if someone could help me out. I was recently given some old family pictures that I would like to put in my album, but, they have ink on them. I guess when my relative wrote on the back, they then stacked the pictures & the ink transfered to the front of the next picture. Is there a way to remove the ink? I'm not real sure if it is ballpoint ink or a marker, but, it sure messed up those prescious pictures of my ancestors. The pictures are from the '20s through the '70s. Any ideas will be appreciated.

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RE: How can I get ink off old pictures?

I'd take it to a professional. I use rubbing alcohol to get ink off of other surfaces, but I think that would damage your photos even more.

RE: How can I get ink off old pictures?

Thanks! I did take the pictures to a professional & he said the ink is from a fountain pen & that due to the age of the pictures etc. it wasn't safe to try to remove the ink, that it would do more harm than good. So, I will have to have them restored. Thanks for your help!

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