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Introducing: The Tallboy Storage Box

Whether you are a collector of sport cards, polaroids, postage stamps, postcards, or old iPhones, you deserve are storage box that treats those prized possessions with the care they deserve. It's time for you to upgrade that "shoebox storage system" you've had on the top shelf of your closet. We'd like to introduce you to the Tallboy Storage Box; sleek, durable, and doesn't say what size shoe you are on the outside.

Tallboy boxes are specifically designed to keep Tallboy cards safe, with interior dimensions of 10-3/4" x 4-3/8" x 7-7/16" (with the ability to hold up to 32 tallboy cards). However, we encourage you to use the boxes anyway you see fit. The Tallboy Storage Box has a black acrylic coated exterior finish giving off a perfect, simple, and modern design, while the inside is a neutral white. 

Like all products at, the Tallboy Storage box is made here in the United States, with materials sourced from U.S. suppliers. 


Bottom line: photographs are sensitive. Whether you spent countless hours developing the film and prints, or endless minutes editing them on photoshop, it's important that after your work is printed, it's also protected. There are numerous factors that go into what may damage your prized possessions; heat, humidity, and pollution to name a few.

Although, we may not go in-depth about what the temperature of your room should be based on how you printed your photo, we will give you the down-low on how your portfolios & archival storage should measure-up.

Storage should be the physical barrier between your photographs/art, and any potential problems it may encounter that may result in scratches, smears, etc. Believe it or not, most damage that occurs to a photograph in it's lifetime happens when improper storage is utilized.

Enclosures, or portfolios, should include (but are not limited to) the following features:

  1. Be acid-free
  2. Be lignin-free

Luckily, our portfolios not only feature the above points, as well as include (but are not limited to) the additional following features:

  1. The use of PH neutral paper & binder boards
  2. Reinforced spine hinges for durability
  3. Heavy exterior coating for an added layer of protection
  4. Metal reinforced corners
Introducing: The Solander Museum Case
a protective box made in the form of a book, for holding such items as botanical specimens, maps, and color plates.

Daniel Charles Solander, a renowned Swedish botanist & an apostle of Carl Linnaeus (Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician), traveled with Captain Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean aboard the 'Endeavour,' alongside Joseph Banks, a fellow botanist. During that time, Solander helped to make an important collection of Australian plants, as well as a manuscript describing all the species collected on his voyage. This sparked his creation of a "book-form box," which was to hold his manuscripts, as well as to preserve botanical specimens he collected. 

Today, the 'Solander Case' is commonly used by museums, libraries, and professionals to store valuable collections (paintings, drawings, materials, and manuscripts). FORMAT box makers make these cases by hand, maintaining their classic shape and purpose, with mindful updates to the design. 

Currently, FORMAT makes nine different sized Solander Museum Cases. The case features a clamshell lid, as well as a book-cloth hinge spine that allows the museum case to open 180 degrees on any flat surface- which makes it incredibly easy to sort through your photos by transferring them from side to side. Nickel plated clasps are added to these handmade wooden structures with rivets to not only give it a modern design, but to ensure that collections are safe from light & dust (or anything else, for that matter). 

Like all of our products on, the Solander Museum Case is made with materials sourced from U.S. based suppliers- from the basswood, interior white lignin-free lining in buffered ph neutral paper, exterior hard case, exterior black covering materials, and even the adhesives used to apply it, all have an origin based in the United States.