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question re: old photographs late 1800s-early 1900s


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  • Subject: question re: old photographs late 1800s-early 1900s
  • From: Paul Viapiano <viapiano@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Sun, 06 Dec 2009 00:28:34 -0800
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Hi all...
 
A friend of mine just came across a trove of family photographs from this period and as he puts it:
 
"...in those days it was customary to have your portrait taken and have them printed on postcards and send them friends & relatives, we found many amazing beautiful portraits of people we didnít know. I shipped a bunch out and have them here now. The question is that when I handle these photos from 1900 Ė 1920 my nostrils and throat start to burn. Is there some chemical in these old prints that could be hazardous?"
 
Any ideas?
 
Thanks everyone...
 
Paul