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Many Australian families have histories tied up in the wars that have affected our nation. Preserve the stories of these people by framing their war medals and other mementos.

Consideration 1: Preservation

Most families have a personal archive of historic photos and information, handed from one generation to the next. The problem is that most of this war memorabilia (especially war medals and photos) tarnishes, fades, or gets damaged in the process, or in storage. To frame these mementos of a war veteran displays their story. But it also preserves photos and belongings for generations to come.

It is vital that the framing materials don’t damage the artwork. Acid-free and UV-resistant products are the best to work with. Our picture framers will recommend products like:

  • Acid-free foam core backings, or
  • An acid-free liner against MDF.
  • Acid-free matboards,
  • Adhesive-free mounting solutions, and
  • Conservation grade framing glass (usually 99% UV resistant)

The acid-free materials prevent further harm coming to the artwork which acid-based materials will introduce. Very high-quality framing products will even neutralise existing acids – such as in the metals of a war medal. UV blocking glass prevents fading caused by UV rays.

Consideration 2: Framing Design

War Medal and In Memoriam framing often includes many elements, to tell as large of a story as possible in a single frame. Common elements are a photo and a plaque. Also included can be anything from diaries and post-cards, to war medals, dog tags and badges. Other inclusions we’ve seen are parts of a uniform, or the mascot of a ship. Anything personal that relates to the story, enhances the framed story.

In the situation you don’t have any photos, there are online, digital archives available. A quick search online will point you in the right direction. These archives have helped our customers find war service records and portraits of their war veteran. Replica war medals can also be sourced, to represent the awards given to the veteran.

At Frames Now, our Framing Specialists will always guide you on the best visual approach to the framing design to suit your piece and your home. Often neutral colours are used, which represent the armed service a veteran was a part of. For example, dark blue is often present in Navy memorabilia, beige colours for the Army, and light blues for Air Force.

Bring your mementos in to a Frames Now picture framer for a consultation on how to best preserve and display them.

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