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How to Clean, Repair, Store and Display Your Heirloom Papers and Photographs [Paperback]

by Martha E. Webb
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March 1999 0963169998 978-0963169990 1st
How can you repair damage to your memorabilia and prepare them for long-term storage? Are your irreplaceable heirlooms baking in your attic or mildewing in your basement? What is the safest way to display your paper and photographs? Here historian and exhibit specialist Dr. Martha Ellen Webb answers these and other pertinent questions to help you preserve your treasured family heirlooms. This valuable reference book will aid both novice and seasoned collectors in providing the best care for letters, diaries, documents, and photographic materials.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 81 pages
  • Publisher: Making History; 1st edition (March 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963169998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963169990
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,097,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Clean, Repair, Store and Display... December 7, 1999
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Interested in professionally maintaining your memorabilia or family heirlooms? Then check out How to Clean, Repair, Store and Display Your Heirloom Papers and Photographs by Martha E. Webb. It is a refreshing resource useful to anyone interested in museum studies and historic preservation, as well as other individuals wanting to protect their keepsakes and heirlooms. The author discusses each step (cleaning, repairing, storing and displaying) in detail and keeps the diversity of her readers in mind by offering alternative methods throughout the book. In one example, if a reader cannot afford to buy acid-free slipcovers or boxes, the author describes how to make a cheaper, yet durable version.
Not only does the author accommodate the needs of a novice audience, she also discusses the techniques necessary for working with more challenging artifacts. The author gives instruction on how to protect the artifacts and explains difficult processes: for example, if during the cleaning process a piece of paper is discovered to be too fragile, then a shift in the cleaning material is recommended, such as from an art gum eraser to a cleaning pad. Another bonus of this book is the extensive list of conservation supply sources and the recommendations of the best materials to use.
How to Clean, Repair, Store and Display Your Heirloom Papers and Photographs helps readers to understand what initially makes heirlooms unclean. Several everyday habits are identified as harmful to artifacts: holding together a stack of papers with a metal paper clip, using scotch tape to repair an object, and touching memorabilia with bare hands. Once readers are aware of such problems and learn how to fix them, the readers and their heirlooms will benefit from the knowledge gained.
How to Clean, Repair, Store and Display Your Heirloom Papers and Photographs is a beneficial addition to both professional and personal heirloom collectors' resource materials.
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