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    Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    I am gearing up to do some dry plate photography. Just now waiting on my first batch of 4x5 plates to come back from Blue Moon. ..getting my feet wet. Eventually will do some in 8x10. What options are there for shipping around exposed 8x10 plates? What works ?

    What options are there for storing exposed and developed plates? Will 8 1/2 x 11 1/2 plastic page sleeves work in some sot of file hanger? What do those of you who regularly work with glass plates do?
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    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    I’ve been using Print File paper envelopes. Not sure if some of the plastic holders have enough space for the thicker glass. They’re pretty tight on sheet film already.


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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    Put them back in the same box with paper interleaving
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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    Per recommendation from Jason Lane, I use the following from Gaylord Archival for both 4x5 and 8x10 glass plates:

    1) GNB45BG - Archival Blue/Gray Barrier Board Glass Negative Storage System
    2) GNB810BG - same as above, except 8x10 box
    3) 4F451B - Buffered 4-flap Negative Enclosure
    4) 4F8101B - same as above, except for 8x10

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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    lan: Thanks for that. Sounds like a workable plan.

    Does any one else use a different alternative? What do other folks do?
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    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    My collodion glass negatives are stored in Gaylord Archival boxes, with neutral paper separating each negative. Stored vertically, of course, not stacked.

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    Of course Paul, there is always a better archival method as we all learn more over time

    Library of Congress and major museum store everything in climate control at a lower temperature, which then requires a slow rise to room temps

    They state "Glass plates larger than 5 x 7 inches are ideally stored in cabinets with rigid metal dividers spaced every 1 to 1 1/2 inches."

    per https://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/photolea.html

    However I doubt any plate I make will survive much longer than I do

    I have bought many exposed glass plate negatives stored over 100 years in OE boxes by our ancestors, they made it to my hands in remarkable condition

    I also shoot 120 year old NOS glass plate negatives from sealed boxes that are falling apart

    I agree there are always better ways

    a question, are wet plate properly processed emulsions as sturdy as dry plate emulsions?
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    Tin Can: The really old plates expose successfully?
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    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

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    My hat to the left was shot with strobes on 120 year old 5x7 dry plate

    I highly suggest buying new dry plates from our member J Lane

    I was given a box of assorted sealed NOS dry plates all very old

    I like to experiment with old things

    Modern emulsions are better!
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    Re: Storage of Exposed/developed glass plates?

    How about framing them for viewing on the wall?
    How do you frame Ambrotypes so you can show what you have done?

    Any considerations for Conservation framing? Rag Mats or normal? Buffered or not?

    How do you keep them from having problems in the future?
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