Friday, June 15, 2012

Framing Friday - Preserving History

It is amazing the history of Gallipolis and Gallia County. A few weeks ago Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Library contacted my about framing a newspaper. The paper was from February 17, 1938. It was the Daily Tribune published about the Funeral of Oscar Odd McIntyre. O. O. was a writer of the syndicated column "New York Day by Day". Newsprint is made to be inexpensive and not last for long periods of time. The paper has a high acid content that has to be neutralized in order to prevent deterioration. This paper had been treated but not until after it had sustained damage. Where the folds were several holes had formed and the paper had broken apart. In these 2 photographs you can see the holes and tears. The newspaper had to be mounted using a vacuum press. The mounting pulled the newspaper flat with careful attention the rips and tears were aligned. The newspaper was then matted and framed using conservation materials and UV resistant glass. The final project will hang in the McIntyre Room at the Dr. Samuel L. Bossard Library in Gallipolis, Ohio. Enjoy, Chris