A CONSERVATION CASE STUDY OF POLYRAMA PANOPTIQUE PAPER VIEWING SLIDES
ABSTRACT—Princeton University Library's Graphic Arts Collection has a large collection of optical amusement toys. Among these is the Polyrama Panoptique collection. The collection consists of 24 paper viewing slides and a show box in which the slides are viewed. The slides use reflected and transmitted light to create an illusion of day and night and changing scenery before the viewer's eyes. This paper discusses the conservation of severely damaged and unusable Polyrama Panoptique slides. Strategies, techniques, and materials related to the treatment of slides are reviewed. Two slides whose conditions were representative of the condition of the collection were chosen for the initial phase of conservation. The procedures developed in treating the slides will be applied in large measure to the overall conservation of the collection.
2. THE COLLECTION
3. TREATMENT STRATEGIES
4. FIRST TREATMENT EXAMPLE: RUE DE RIVOLI
5. SECOND TREATMENT EXAMPLE: THE GRAND HALL
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