- Should I display certificates?
- How can I protect them from sunlight?
- What are the appropriate materials for framing?
I mentioned coxrail.com in my last entry, so I will refer to Terry's excellent explanation and style regarding the effects of acid contained in paper and the effects on your certificates. Terry wrote, "No matter how careful you are, your paper will still deteriorate if you do not minimize the effects of acid. Over the long term, I suggest acid is the greatest single threat to paper collectibles." for the complete article please visit, http://www.coxrail.com/preservation.htm. Light and heat are paper's ultimate enemy. Walk around your dwelling and find a nice cool dark hallway or corner without direct sunlight. Or better yet, keep your certificates in a portfolio with acid-free paper. ITOYA makes a whole line of these in different sizes. I selected two sizes, the 11x14 and the 14x17 as these fit most of all of the larger format certificates with the exception of bonds with coupons attached. They stock these at our local Hobby Lobby, often discounted between 25 and 40 percent off any one, non-sale item in the store. Search "hobby lobby" on the Internet for weekly coupons.