Volume 12, Number 1
Products & Services
Paper Conservation & Scientific Equipment
- A Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer that scans
a range from 7800 to 350 cm-1 with a resolution of 4
cm-1 has been introduced by Perkin-Elmer Corp. at a
price of only $16,500, according to the Oct. 12, 1987 Chemical
& Engineering News, p. 21.
- At the Gadgets Meeting of IPC Sept. 18, Tom Collings described
the T.C. Suction Probe, saying that it was the only way to properly
wash after spot bleaching. He said a semi-circular probe could be
used for in-book work near the spine and a rectangular probe for the
removal of pressure-sensitive tape will be available shortly. (This
probe is supposed to be distributed in the U.S. by Conservation
Resources International, but they have not responded to requests for
prices and descriptive material.)
- At the same meeting, Ron Buxton of Powder Products Ltd.
described a new Paper Cleaning System, the same one mentioned on p.
74 of v.11 in this Newsletter. He described it as a dry
cleaning process for all types of paper and parchment, which
removes stains without leaving any chemical residue. One or several
leaves can be treated in a 30" x 40" operating area. It works by
ozone bleaching, generated by a high voltage discharge tube. Being a
health hazard, the glass lid on the table top unit is lacking. There
was some concern from the audience as to whom this was being
marketed to, and Mr. Buxton said that it was primarily designed for
gallery and framing establishments. Other questions, e.g. from
Vincent Daniels, were concerned with the carbonyl groups in the
aldehydes and ketones generated by this process and the subsequent
stability of the cellulose structure and the possibility of color
reversion (return of the original stain or color). Deacidification
was seen by Mr. Buxton to be essential after bleaching, but he said
that there was no need to wash the object beforehand. The ma-chine
retails at about £8,000 ($14,400). [From Conservation
News #34, Nov. 1987, p. 31.]
- A Cellophane Tape Removal Kit is now available from University
Products, P0 Box 101, South Canal St., Holyoke, MA 01041. A
high-temperature, hand-held, easy-to-use time saver, the tape
remover heats and loosens the carrier. Often the tool is enough to
completely remove all sticky residue; other times one must use a
pick-up or rubber cement remover. Inventor: Bill Minter. [From
Consect News, the newsletter of the Conservation
Section of the SAT.]
For Sale By Owner
57 Decorative gilding/stamping tools, all with handles, in good
condition. Inked copy of impression on request. $250 for all, will
not split. Also: 7 lines rolls, 5 decorative rolls, 2 spine
polishers, 2 barrel polishers, and brass self-center type holder.
All but 2 rolls have handles. Inked copy of impressions on request.
$200 for all, will not split, or make offer. Philip Alleyn, P.O. Box
9052, Boston, MA 02114 (617/266-6292).
For Book Conservation And Binding
- Knives that supposedly never need sharpening (but for kitchen
use, not for bookbinding) are sold for $11.50 each by Orvis, Blue
Hills Dr., P0 Box 12000, Roanoke, VA 24022-8001 (703/345-3600).
Barbara Kretzmann of Ithaca, NY, wants to know if any readers can
think of a way to persuade a manufacturer to produce them in the
form of a bookbinder's paring knife.
- A paste strainer can be made for $5 with an embroidery hoop and
nylon mesh or other woven material, or plastic screen.
- A quilters' tool shown at the GBW Standards Seminar by Carol Sue
Whitehouse, and used to push the needle through the spine in
headbanding, is available from House of Quilting, Rte. 3, Box 433,
Fayetteville, NC 28306 (919/868-3842). An illustration can be
included in the next issue; no room here.
Suppliers & Catalogs
- The Guild of Book Workers' 1985 Supply List is due for revision
this spring. The old one cost $12.50, which seems high, but it is
comprehensive and easy to use, with approaches by supply type,
geographical area, and supplier.
- William E. Young Co. (906 Sewall Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712,
201/988-6060), sells a radiowelder in different models for about
$6,000 up, for semi-automatic production. They also sell rolls of
encapsulating material which have been heat sealed on each edge to
form a sleeve--polyester, polypropylene and spunbonded polyester.
The sleeves may then be cut off to length and sealed. They come in
widths up to 9". Examples of prices for 9" inside dimension flat
tubing, on a 100' roll:
200 gauge polyester Type D or equivalent
200 gauge polypropylene (archival)
- *Prices are FOB Asbury Park, NJ, as of August 18,
1987. Archival Aids (P0 Box 5, Spondon, Derby DE2 7BP, England) has
sent a number of product sheets and price lists for archival and
nonarchival supplies and equipment, but it is hard to recommend any
of them because they give no indication of the chemicals and other
ingredients of the products listed. The principle of full
disclosure, which American conservators require from their
suppliers, is not heeded by this company. There is a nonaqueous
deacidification solution, and one for deacidification and
strengthening called HCMC, but no information on what is in either
one. The book repair materials are "not necessarily archival"--but
what are they? There is a commercial flood recovery service which
uses the same process developed by Eric Lundquist for Document
Reprocessors (including inventories, smoke removal, freeze drying,
fumigation, rebinding, restoration and replacement)--but some of
these are skilled operations; who does them, and how does the
customer know how well they will be done? The "Mills 03 Ozonator
Cleaning System for Paper and Parchment" is optimistically
described, but no mention of the destructive nature of ozone is
made. There are no references to published or unpublished literature
relating to the soundness of the procedures and materials
- A note in the CBBAG Newsletter says that the
Russell tannery at Bancroft Hitchin has closed, but Oasis is still
being produced at another tannery within the Garner group. Russell
Bookcrafts (bookbinding supplies) is also vacating the premises at
Bancroft Hitchin, but is seeking alternative premises. Their new
address will be available shortly. [Another newsletter says that G.
W. Russell is going out of the bookbinding supplies business.]
- Miriam Studio (Via Mameli, 3; 37126 Verona; Italy) offers
conservation products and services, including those needed for books
and documents. Their multilingual flyer says, "We send our materials
all over the world and can correspond in English, French and
- In July Paper Technologies, Inc., announced their new address:
25801 Obrero, Suite 4, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (714/768-7497, 7498).
This month they surveyed their customers, to ask them what their
preferences were in an archival endleaf, so they could have it made
the way they wanted it. They also have adhesives, backing boards,
blotting papers, boxboard and boxes.
- Pohlig Brothers, Inc., Century Division, sent their catalog in
October. Two notable items in it are: 1) their "Econo" microfilm
boxes of acid-free stock, at 19¢ apiece the cheapest around,
probably; and 2) "For-Mat" acidity test kit, which contains 1 fl.
oz. of "test solution" for $12.
- Conservation Materials, Ltd. (P0 Box 2884, Sparks, NV 89432,
702/331-0582) sent their $4.00 catalog in November. Some interesting
items are: dry Kizukishi paper precoated with Zin Shofu starch
paste, 7 or 8 kinds of leather dressing on p. 567 a page of
instructions on measuring relative humidity accurately, and a chart
of incompatible chemicals in the back. This is a responsible
catalog, compiled with the help of conservators, and providing
references to the literature for many of the products.
- The Atlantic Paper Co. (Gulliver's Wharf, 105 Wapping Lane,
London E1 9RW) sent a catalog in September that is mostly paper,
board and boxes, but which also has a section on conservation and
framing equipment. They sell japanese paper from Paper Nao; Best "CC
[Chris Clarkson] line" bookbinding cord; Silversafe Photostore;
brushes; and so on. They give information about their products: pH;
shelf life; test results; lightfastness; and much more. Very
responsible. [Readers should take into account that the Editor does
not use the products in these catalogs, and gets only occasional
feedback from people who do. ]
- Elvace 1874 is now being manufactured by Reichhold Chemicals,
Inc., Emulsion Polymers Division, P0 Drawer K, Dover, DE 19903. It
has been given the new name of Elvace 40-704, which is all right,
and apparently a new identity, which is not. Here are the facts the
company provided Hilary Kaplan, conservator at Emory University:
A vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer emulsion
pH 4.5 - 5.5
Ideal storage temperature is 72°F. Stability at 72° is more than 180
concentration: 3 ppm (OSHA) &. 1 ppm (ACGIH)
skin may cause irritation or rash.
Local exhaust and general
Protective gloves and goggles
recommended, and other protective equipment as required to prevent
- Christine Ianna (Queensland Museum) has conducted preliminary
tests on comparisons between oven-bags and Mylar. An infra-red
spectrophotometric comparison was made between Mylar and the
oven-bag film, which indicated that the oven-bag polymer is a
polyester which is structurally very similar to Mylar. Samples of
film were also exposed to 50°C over a seven-day period. There was no
sweating or other evidence of plasticizers. From these preliminary
results, it would seen that oven bags may be a cheap and acceptable
alternative for the storage of fragile papers and photographs and
would be particularly useful in small museums, and in private or
domestic collections. [From Queensland Division
Newsletter No. 3, 1987, as reprinted in the ICCM
National Newsletter No. 23, June 1987.]
- Pellon is a polyester material commonly used in textile pressure
mounts and as a support for washing works of art on paper. The
September WAAC Newsletter, v.9 #3, p. 11, reports a
disturbing discovery: Pellon 910 contains an acrylic foam binder
which has been found to yellow in time. A company spokesman says it
should not be used in long term storage or, for that matter, in any
archival production. He recommends a new product as a substitute:
ACXEL 20, 35 and 70, which are 100% polyester, with no binders or
sizings. The WAAC Newsletter is the publication of the
Western Association for Art Conservation, edited by Chris
Stavroudis, 1115 N. Flores St. #8, Los Angeles, CA 90069 (213/
Preservation Supplies And Equipment
- "Pink Pull Fasteners," as safe substitutes for rubber bands, are
sold by GripTites Inc., 108 Dunn St., Rochester, NY 14621
(716/342-3862), but test results furnished by the company via Myra
Jo Moon may show they are not so safe. They shrink when autoclaved;
if they also shrink in floods, would they cinch the old books and
the packages they are holding together? We need more information on
their characteristics in use and over time.
- Bookguard Water Repellent for Books is an aerosol spray invented
by Dr. Karl Reimer, chemist of Reno, Nevada, after reading about the
water damage to books in the fire at the Los Angeles Public Library
in April 1986. It does waterproof books without changing their
appearance or making the pages stick together. Moisture can still
pass in and out of the book in the form of vapor. A patent is
pending and permanence tests are under way. The literature from the
supplier answers many of conservators' questions. Write General
Synthetics, Inc., P0 Box 1118, Poway, CA 92064 (619/ 679-7940).
- Drawstring plastic bags for rainy days can be ordered for 2. 3¢
each in lots of 3000 from Browncor International, Inc., 3251 S.W.
11th Ave., P0 Box 21248, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335 (800/327-2278).
In smaller quantities, they are more (4¢ each in lots of 500).
Custom logos are possible; price already includes name, address and
phone; blank bags cost less.
- A microfilm reader that is said to be easy to use for long
periods at a time with minimal fatigue is the Northwest 2020A.
Northwest is also known as Micron. [From MAPS
Newsletter, Fall 1987.1
- A photocopier for books with a 90° copy surface like the Xerox
4000 will be coming out in the spring, developed by Dual Copy
Systems (also known as Dual Office Supplies). They also distribute
the face-up copier the Archivist, and service it. For information,
write them at 2411 Bond St., University Park, IL 60466
(312/534-1500; ask for John Franzese and say you want to ask about
all CoOL documents]
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