To remove tape from photos, I use an archival product called PEC-12. It comes in a small spray bottle and can be applied directly to the photo, a soft wipe, or cotton swab. One must be careful in that one of its uses is to remove ink. If photos have handwritten notations on the front or back, do not allow the PEC-12 to soak through to these areas.
Tape can sometimes be a bit difficult to remove. The first application of PEC-12 tends to lift the celo strip itself and additional wiping/swabbing will be necessary to remove the gum. The cleaner is great for removing finger oils, dirt, and nicotine build-up. You would be surprised to see what comes off photos from the home of a smoker!
Once the photos have been cleaned and the solvent dried, I then place them into individual archival-safe photo sleeves. A great source for the sleeves is Bags Unlimited. I buy 100-count 3 1/2 X 5 for most uses. They are VERY inexpensive and as good as any sleeves from more pricey archival supply companies. I have been using them for years and have never had an issue.
For storage, I tend to use small boxes or containers. If the sleeved photos are to stand on edge, as opposed to lying flat, be sure to use a spacer to keep the photos loosely pressed together. If not done, and the photos are allowed to shift, they will tend to become curled.
Here is a sample photo BEFORE cleaning...
Same photo AFTER cleaning...
Edited by siege1863, 11 January 2011 - 07:18 PM.