Posting original photos sounds simple. Many people do get it wrong. This article should help bring to light posting mistakes you can make and how to avoid them.
When posting your precious, original photos to us there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
Here are some of the things to avoid when posting your photos
Don’t use paper clips
- When posting, do not paperclip your original photo to your letter. The paper clip will get squashed into the photo when it passes through the sorting machines in the post office. The rollers will cause the paper clip to damage the photo and that will be an added cost you had not bargained for. Remove all paper clips
Photos from Sticky Albums. use separating sheets
- Those albums with sticky adhesive pages designed to hold your photos in place are great, aren’t they? No, they are not! The glues can be harmful to the photos (see storing your photos correctly ) If you remove them from this type of album and then stack your photos In a neat pile ready for posting, they all stick together. This causes damage to the important image side of the photo when they are separated! To avoid this place a sheet of paper between each one.
No sticky tape
- Taping your photos down inside your package can cause great problems. Tape in any form can be a problem if used in copious amounts. An example would be to stick your photos to a piece of card and then tape them into a makeshift envelope, and tape up the jiffy bag you put it all in. Too much tape means it is very hard to get into the parcel and scissors have to be used. The tape, if badly applied can stick on the inner side of the envelope. When you try to take out the photos the then pulls off the surface of the photo damaging it. It can then roll up and cause further damage.
Use extra stiffening card
- When posting old photos its important to add an extra card to prevent them from getting bent in the post. A perfectly flat photo can get bent and damaged without the proper protection. We then have to restore out that damage on top of any other problems the photo may already have. That is a cost you don’t want.
Include contact details
- Not including contact details is far more common than you might think. I get quite a few parcels with nothing more than my address on the outside. A little note on the inside that says “further to our conversation, I enclose the photo we spoke about, kind regards Jim”That’s it! No full name, address, email or phone details. Not even an address on the back of the envelope. Please ensure you include your details when posting and what it is you require. I speak to many people a day and am unable to recall every conversation.
Rolled photos use a large bore tube
- Sending a photo that is too big to send flat can be done in a posting tube. However, do not be tempted to use a narrow roll. Rolling the photo tightly could cause it to crack or crease and making it very hard to unroll again. If it does roll it is best to roll it loosely and use a large bore tube. Strangely there is a limit to tube sizes when using Royal Mail both in length and diameter. However, if you box it in or change the shape with some bubble wrap and a posting bag there seems to be no issue.
I hope these posting tips will help with a trouble-free image-restore photo restoration experience.