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Preservation Images

Inspecting Nitrate Film

Library of Congress Restoration of "The Maltese Falcon"
Contact Printer Loaded to Copy Nitrate Film

Sample of A Piece of Hand Colored Film

A "Pin" Splice

Example of a film received a LOC Conservation Center with a Straight pin as a Splice

Tape Splice

Same as above but using a piece of masking tape !

Deterioration 1

Example of film received with some type of crystals formed on the film base.

Deterioration 2

Example of film that has caused the film can to be eaten away.

Intermediate stage of Nitrate Decomposition

Stage of Nitrate Film decomposition where the image has faded and is beginning to become sticky.

Final Stage of Decomposition

Film has disintegrated into dust.

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