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Re: Sugar paper and its Origins , old kraft paper

>Sugar paper (for those of us old enough to remember!) was used to
>wrap 2 lb quantities of sugar here in the UK.    I can recall at
>home with my parents around the 40s-50s period that the sugar was in
>paper bags.  I believe it was how the grocers sold the sugar
>arriving in sacks in the shops.
>My old copies of Falkiner's Fine Paper catalogues also list sugar
>paper in 1986 and 1996 in various colours; the weight was ca 100 gsm
>and the price some 15 pence per sheet.  There is no indication that
>these were for book repair and conservation.  It is obviously a
>cheap and cheerful paper.
>I believe it was a similar paper that you will find on old books as
>they came from the printer as "publishers' bindings", cheaply made,
>which were then sold and the customer had them rebound, etc., to
>match his library - I have quite a few at home in this style where
there is a white (originally!) paper spine cover with printed title
label pasted on, and the boards are covered with the blue sugar paper.
>  I also have another book bound just the same; this 1788 book was
>also wrapped in very heavy, thick, dark brown "kraft" paper full of
>lumps and bits of material.  As this paper sample is probably quite
>rare I have kept this paper and the book in a slip case to show its
>original state.  The brown kraft paper I deacidified and the
>resulting solution was like tea without the milk!  The outside of
>this "book jacket" had the owner's signature in copperplate and the
>date 1802. What was this poor quality paper originally used for -
>wrapping parcels in those days? Or goods in shops?   Again I can
>remember at school in the earlier 50s we were expected to wrap any
>new school books in brown paper to help prolong there lives, perhaps
>this is an old trick!

Thank you for more observation on the sugar paper!  That's very
interesting about books being sold with cheap coverings because
people would have them rebound, I never knew about that (one more
thing I never knew).

I too remember covering schoolbooks with brown paper here in the U.S.
when I was in grade school in the 60's, we usually recyled brown
paper grocery bags for that purpose.

I am curious about the de-acidifying, is this important to know how to do?

Just goes to show, there's no such thing as a stupid question.

Christine Cassidy Lontz
503 551 7030

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