Laminate old pictures to protect them or no? ?

I’ve recieved some pictures handed down to me from grandparents that are like 50+ years old. Plus some pictures of my parents and me as a baby. 

I want to laminate them to protect them better, so I don’t mess them up, but I don’t know if I should.. Like it doesn’t have the same look or feel to it if its laminated, plus I don’t wanna mess em up if I can’t replace them... 

 So I don’t know, is it better to keep the original as it is, photos with texture when pictures now are glossy, or laminate and protect it better? 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    You will destroy the prints if you laminate them, no doubt about it.

    You can copy the prints at a drug store that has the printing machines.

    Or, just do what millions of other people do....put your photos in frames and out of direct sunlight. 

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  • 1 month ago

    I would not laminate the photos, take any old one and laminate it--do you like how it looks? Probably not. They dont look good. There are places that specialize in preserving old photos, which may be a good option for some special ones. Otherwise, I agree scan and re print them.

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  • 2 months ago

    Scan them into your computer to make sure that you always have good copies.  Then put the rest in a photo album or frame them to keep the originals in good condition.

    If you are wanting to look through them on a regular basis, there are rolodex albums.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Photo+Rolodex

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  • 2 months ago

    Before you laminate the photos, SCAN the photos and keep in your drive.

    In the event you need to make copy retrieve from the scanned copy.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I would certainly laminate the photos.

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