"The Legacy"
published by the
Milam County (Texas) Genealogical Society
Rockdale, Texas


The Legacy

The Newsletter of the Milam County Genealogical Society

c/o Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
201 Ackerman St.
Rockdale, Texas 76567


December 1995

President – Charles Hubert
Vice President – John Guillote
Secretary – Joy Kornegay
Treasurer – Barbara Valek
Newsletter Editor – Sybil Chapman
Program Chairman – Jim Baker
Publicity Chairman – Eugenia Newton
Ways & Means – Barbara Valek
Library Chairman – Lucille Moss
Purchasing – Lucille Towery

Meetings: 7:30 p.m., 1st Thursday of each month at the Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library

I was unable to attend our November meeting so I cannot report on it. I noticed in the basket on Thur., Dec. 7th, there is an envelope for the collection of papers regarding the Oct. 12th dinner.

Advice to the Genealogist:

From the Victoria Advocate, Nov. 19, 1995, p. 8E, “Relatively Speaking” by Martha Jones - Photographs will not last forever.

The Eastman Kodak Co. is running accelerated aging tests in their professional labs to determine how much color fading will occur overtime. Their results indicate the life of a photograph depends on the type of product used and the manner in which it is stored. Under good conditions with dark storage life, various films are estimated to have a 10% fading rate of one or more of the three primary dyes: red, yellow & blue.

Black & white negatives are estimated to last 300-years or more. Black & white, selenium tones, prints on fiber-based paper are estimated to last 200-years or more. Cibachrome prints from slides will last around 100-years or more.

Polocolor II prints are estimated to last 75-plus years, considering the cracking of emulsion layers. Vericolor III prints on Ektacolor plus paper are estimated to last 75 or more years, and Kodachrome 25 and 64 slides will last from 75 to 100-years.

Ektachrome and Agachrome slides have a lasting rate of only 30-years. Kodacolor prints are estimated to last 6 to 10-years and Kodak instant prints will last only about 6-months.

As readers will remember from earlier columns, it was suggested that black & white photographs be made of birth, marriage and death records, family history pages in Bibles, precious album pages, old family diaries and priceless aged photographs. The current research by Eastman labs reinforces this suggestion. Photograph your treasure with black & white film and increase their life span to 300-plus years.




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