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WWII Letters Preservation

Discussion in 'Photographs and Documents' started by wwiiletters, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. wwiiletters

    wwiiletters Member

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    Are there any other members that collect WWII correspondence? I have a collection, and have wondered why there aren't more people that collect them. I might post a few at some point.

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  2. jagdpanther44

    jagdpanther44 Battlefield wanderer

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    Welcome to the forum and don't forget to introduce yourself in the new members section.

    I don't actually collect this sort of thing, but I do have a number of letters written by both british and german personel during WW2.

    I'll dig them out and post a few when I get a chance.
     
  3. sniper1946

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    Hey, thanks for the links. I found the German sites very interesting.

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    I think I will go spend some time looking now.
     
  6. sniper1946

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    plenty of good reads, enjoy..
     
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    Think I have posted this elsewhere

    Sammlung Feldpost

    It is unfortunately only in German but relatively easy to navigate.
     
  9. wwiiletters

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    Interesting site. Sure makes me wish I would have tried a little harder in German class in High School. I didn't really retain enough to be useful. Thanks

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  11. luketdrifter

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    I have a few letters that have been included in lots that I have bought...but nothing I'd call a serious collection. I'd like to start to collect them but not sure how to protect/display them? How do you preserve yours?
     
  12. wwiiletters

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    Well, I don't know if it is the best way to do it or not, but I store mine in 3 ring binders, inside those plastic document sleeves you can buy at walmart, or any office supply store. I have the letter open, with the envelopes in front, than way it it easier to find a particular letter without opening a bunch of envelopes, and some have some interesting letterheads that can easily be seen that way also. I also put a piece of white typing paper behind the letter, so you can put another letter on the back side.
    But with the few that have rare historical value (all have historical value, but some are a step above), those go in a safe deposit box.
    If they have any newspaper clippings inside, be sure to store those separately. The old newspaper clippings will badly stain the letters, and envelopes.
     
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    Ooops. Just realized I showed my age by saying typing paper, instead of printer paper.
     
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    I also have a box of newspapers (whole papers) recently given to me by a coworker after her dad passed away. Not sure what I'm going to do with all of those either...
     
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    macrusk Proud Daughter of a Canadian WWII Veteran

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    Here is some information on preserving your letters:

    The Legacy Project: How to Preserve Your Letters

    Do not have the letters touching any other paper material - particularly newspaper and newspaper should be kept from touching anything you wish to preserve. Newspapers, papers, cardboard, and wood may cause degradation to items you are trying to preserve.

    Preserving Old Documents

    Preserving Historic Documents

    I strongly recommend that anyone who owns historic documents such as letters, or other historical heirlooms research the web and in books for the best ways to preserve these items. Bluntly, if we don't look after them properly we should not collect them, but scan them, then donate them to a museum or curatorial centre in which they will be properly preserved for the future.
     
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    Very Useful Information. Thanks.
     
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    Man that is such a cool story. Kudos to Eric for making sure the bracelet got back to the family of the original owner.
     

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