More on Jeeping

Creative Memories Demo Album

Creative Memories Demo Album

Hamlet’s soliloquy To Jeep or Not to Jeep is highly controversial, and as current Chair of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) task group responsible for photo safety, I am qualified to address some of the more controversial aspects of this soliloquy.

Specifically, while the original intent of the jeeping may not have been to improve photo safety, it does have that effect, since the relatively thick reinforcement tape used for jeeping transfers pressure from the photo to the edge of the album page, reducing photo abrasion and the possible harmful effects of high humidity.

There may be other harmful physical characteristics of the enclosure material that may develop under adverse environmental conditions, e.g. elevated relative humidity. These include wrinkling and distortions common to glassine paper, or ferrotyping, of the image surface, i.e. local or overall glazing that can result from contact under pressure with smooth, glossy, plastic enclosure material. ISO18902:2007

The worst scenario is a stack of albums. In this situation, the album on the bottom will experience pressure due to all albums that are above it; however, even photos in albums stored on a bookshelf will experience some pressure. Embellishments, photo mounting paper, and other decorations  in an album will also increase pressure on the photos.

Clearly, some albums have survived long periods of time in relatively good shape without jeeping, and I am glad they have survived. However, these albums do not negate the importance of following additional recommendations for photo safety that may become available, since we never know what conditions the future may bring.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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8 Responses to More on Jeeping

  1. Louanna says:

    Thank you again Dr. Mark

  2. Nicole says:

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and training with us.

  3. Arlene Campbell Salvatore says:

    Thank you for posting this pic! I appreciate your expertise!

  4. marshamelk says:

    Thanks. It is great to hear consistent truth, not back and forth marketing information, that is dependent on what a person is selling at the time.

  5. onecalmmom says:

    So glad we have your expertise to educate us while others just go straight to a tantrum because it’s not what they want to hear.

  6. Gracie says:

    Thank you, Dr. Mark! We appreciate your consistency and expertise!

  7. Barbara J says:

    Thank you for taking the time to educate us! It is nice to get an opinion from someone so educated, and who does not have any financial benefit to lead us in one direction or the other.

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