how to preserve those precious letters

We talk all the time about how letters, invitations and announcements on Crane’s 100% cotton paper stand the test of time so they may be cherished for many generations. We know that’s true because we’ve got thousands of them in the Crane Museum and the Archives.

But how does one properly care for their precious papers? I’m no expert, but there’s a good deal of common sense involved. Basically, you need to avoid “exposure.” That can mean light, water, humidity, insects, etc.

The best information available comes from some of the real pros: The Library of Congresss and the National Archives. It’s what they do. Here are links:

http://www.archives.gov/preservation/family-archives
http://www.lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/careothr.html.

I was in the archives the other day, looking for a piece of stationery to illustrate the permanence of 100% cotton papers, and by chance ran into a letter that’s lots of fun for a paper historian.

It was written in 1885 by Nathaniel H. Bishop of Manahawken, N.J. He is looking for samples and pricing of Crane’s Bond for an upcoming project that involves engraving.

Curiously enough, it was Nathaniel H. Bishop who wrote “The Voyage of the Paper Canoe.” His canoe, as you might guess, was made with a special Crane linen stock designed for projects that required structural integrity. This stock was used to make umbrella stands, wastebaskets, buggy doors, industrial belting, even observatory domes. For those who want to pursue the intersting career of Nathaniel H. Bishop, here’s a link:

http://ibiblio.org/eldritch/nhb/SNEAK.HTM

Enjoy!

 

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