It is often underlined in this blog how important it is to take the proper steps to ensure the protection of important images and documents. However, depending on the medium, making sure that a product can stand the test of time is not always easy.

The Kondoa province of central Tanzania has ancient, unique rock paintings, which have begun to fade away over time. In addition, acts of vandalism have also played a role in further destroying the artwork. First documented in 1983, in Mary Leakey’s 1983 book, “Africa’s Vanishing Art,” the process of saving the paintings is being aided thanks to Epson donating wide-format printers. With these devices, printed reproductions of the paintings can be created.

According to a press release from Tribeca Public Relations, “the paintings are some of the world’s earliest examples of rock art, and are estimated to date back as far as 29,000 years.”

Seppo Hallavainio, who has lived in Tanzania for over a decade, formed The Rock Art Conservation Centre (RACC) in 2009. The idea was to “establish a sustainable and self-supporting large-format printing facility for the reproduction of cave and rock paintings,” Hallavainio said. In addition, it would generate sales of prints to tourists to fund the protection and further study of the art.

While many businesses and organizations do not have elaborate rock wall paintings, many have vital documents, photos or images that they want carefully preserved. As such, they would be well-advised to use laminating machines to protect each specific page. This can prevent any type-set or printed pictures to keep their illustrious image over time.

In addition, the use of custom presentation binders offers companies an organized way to store, and later show off, similar documents. This can prevent pages from getting lost amongst clutter, and will ensure that they can stay preserved and well-polished.