Camera Storage

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      We have recently received a collection of antique cameras which I have concluded are from between 1915 and 1960. There is all kinds of information out there of how to care for camera film, but I am having a hard time deciding what to do with the actual cameras! The question I have for you, is what do you recommend the best storage would be for these cameras? We have limited space in our humidty controlled environment, and many other “storage closets” around the museum. Do you think it is necessary to store the cameras with the accordion style lens in the humidity controlled room, or would it be okay to put them in regular storage? Also, is it best to store the “accordion” pulled out or pushed in?

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      Ronald Heroux
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      I found some interesting tips when I did a search on ‘antique camera storage’.  Old cameras have lots of visual appeal, so putting them in storage kind of defeats the purpose of having them, IMHO.  One neat display idea is http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/final-frame-mail-boxes-turned-136296

       

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      Camera lenses are highly suceptible of suffering fungus attack. I will put these ones in first place…

      Old camera bellows may suffer of cracking. In some cases I will leave them in a middle point between closed and fully opened. That depends in their actual shape and the HR in the place, even if the loss of plasticians is not something a high HR can give them back and the elasticity is loss forever in most cases (luckily is one of the camera parts more easy to restore with good ethics results).

       

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