The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 17, Number 6
Nov 1993


Supplies and Services

Acid-free 3 x 5 Index Cards

These are available from the Abbey Publications office, while supplies last, at market price, in lots of 500. We had to buy 10,000 although we only needed 200 or 300.

Heat-Set Tissue: Filmoplast R.

The lab at the National Library of Australia has tested Neschen's Filmoplast R, comparing it to Crompton Tissue, and concludes that it is a suitable alternative to Crompton Tissue.

The conservation staff at Queensland State Archives has been using it and find that it is quite transparent; the adhesive adheres consistently and remains flexible and intact when handled; the support paper is lightweight enough for repair of thin tissue papers; it can be shaped to the contour of a tear without the aid of a light table; the adhesive is easily activated with a variety of tacking irons operating at different temperatures; and it does not migrate up through the support paper and stick to the tacking iron. (From AICCM National Newsletter Sept. 1993)


The following two items have been corrected as described in the April 1994 issue. The uncorrected text is included belowFor the historical purposes

A Grater for Vinyl Erasers

An industrial stainless steel cheese grater for grating vinyl erasers can be purchased through Globe Food Service Equipment Corporation of Belmont, MA. Their phone number is 617/923-1274 and their fax is 617/489-5550. The model name is "FIMAR" and it runs about $750.00. The crumb produced can be fine or coarse and is done in a fraction of the time needed for hand grating.

Staple Remover

A handy staple remover shaped like a Reach® toothbrush is a cheap and safe way to remove staples, especially from soft papers. It can be had for $3.50 from Phase One Office Products, Inc., 89 Fulkerson St., Cambridge, MA 02141. The part number is G2K. Their phone number is 800/999-5474 or 617/547-0700. Their fax is 800/333-3797. Just push it forward--the slotted blade retains the staples.


The story of conservators' reaction to the changed formula is in the CBBAG Newsletter, Winter 1993, on p. 11.

For Sale by Owner: Vacufume-18

Archive Fumigator "Vacufume-18" available for the price of crating and shipping. A fumigation chamber complete with evacuation system, automatic controls, manuals, and all the equipment necessary for operation. Inside dimensions are 1' 6" wide x 3' deep x 4' high with a capacity of 18 cubic feet. It occupies a space 2' 7" wide x 5' 6" long x 5' 3" high. Used only six times with ethylene oxide. Weight is one ton. A GREAT deal. Interested parties should contact the Conservation Lab, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202/675-0332.


Uncorrected text

The following two paragraphs have been corrected above and are included here for historical purposes only: see above for correct information

A Grater for Vinyl Erasers

An industrial stainless steel cheese grater for grating vinyl erasers can be purchased through Globe Food Service Equipment Corporation of Belmont, MA. Their phone number is see above for correct information617/923-1214 and their fax is 617/489-5550. The model name is "FIMAR" and it runs about $750.00. The crumb produced can be fine or coarse and is done in a fraction of the time needed for hand grating.

A handy staple remover shaped like a Reach® toothbrush is a cheap and safe way to remove staples, especially from soft papers. It can be had for $3.50 from Phase One Office Products, Inc., 89 Fulkerson St., Cambridge, MA 02141. Their phone number is see above for correct information1-800/333/3497 or fax number 617/364-3927. Just push it forward--the slotted blade retains the staples.

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