How do I safely remove old photos from construction paper?
Q. Dear Donia,
A. Dear Tania,
What a wonderful reminder of your mother's life!
Removing photos from album pages can be very difficult depending on how they were applied. If they were attached with photo corners, it is easy to slide them out and put them back.
If they are glued, it is a bit more difficult. If they are glued only at the corners, you can carefully separate them from the album page with an icing knife or other thin-bladed item without serration if the paper of the page is brittle. If the paper is still good, it may be more difficult, so proceed with extreme caution. You don't want to tear the photograph.
If the photographs are glued to the page over their entire surface, it will be best to leave things alone or to contact a conservator. The folks at the Huntington Library might have recommendations for conservators in the area that could help you.