How to Remove Old Paper and Glue from a Cabinet Card

Carly Morgan | 28 April, 2020

I fixed a photo!

This cabinet card came to me in a lot in sad condition with remnants of paste and paper glued right over the woman’s face. I was sad that this photo was basically garbage so I put a shoutout on Instagram to see if anyone had any ideas and two people came back with the suggestion to use water and a paintbrush to gently lift the paper with the idea that the water wouldn’t damage the cabinet card.

I was nervous to try it but it worked like a charm! The result wasn’t perfect but it’s so much better than it was. I’m so happy that I’m connecting with people in the genealogy community – you’re all so smart!