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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I was tearing out some old linoleum and carpeting from a small bedroom upstairs and found that the floor was insulated between the floor boards and linoleum with newsppapers dated Feb 1950. Its so cool to read them, I managed to save a small stack that were still intact.

Coca Colas slogan was "Coca Cola- add some zest to your hour"

Vaccuum cleaners were 24.95

and Lil Abner comics were in the funnies

How cool
post #2 of 15
Wow, that IS cool !!
post #3 of 15
Yep we had the same thing happen when we tore down the walls here. The newspapers were all about WWII. I donated all of them to the high school library after I read the majority of them first.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
Mine are pretty fragile, not sure how they'd hold up if I donated them. They're all yellowed and thin. Hubby wants to make a scrap book of them, although I'm not sure how to go about it so as not to ruin them.

Renovating an old house CAN have perks after all
post #5 of 15
A friend's uncle was renovating a circa mid 1700's house in New York state. During the renovation, he found carved in a beam "Visited by indians on this date,....17...". He designed the wall so that the carving could be easily seen.
post #6 of 15
That's awesome! I found some stuff like that when my grandmother died and we were going through her attic. Catlogs and newspapers going all the way back to the 1920's! They were so much fun to go through.

I've heard of people using things like this to wallpaper bathrooms with! Not sure how they do it but they must go over it with something to protect it.
post #7 of 15
When we were kids and my grandfather was wallpapering for my mother, he would always get us to sign and date the walls so that someone could see them later.

My house is only 25 or so years old, but the termite guy did find an empty beer can in the attic that was most likely left by a construction worker.......
post #8 of 15
Hey! That's really groovy! This thread put a big grin on my face

post #9 of 15
I just love antiques!!! Finding something like that is always great! Makes you feel kinda unique.

Mine are pretty fragile, not sure how they'd hold up if I donated them. They're all yellowed and thin. Hubby wants to make a scrap book of them, although I'm not sure how to go about it so as not to ruin them.
As for preserving them, do a yahoo search...
I found this on preserving them:
Causes of Damage
Papers made from wood fibres are vulnerable to heat, light, dampness, and airborne pollutants, all of which can speed up the chemical reactions that weaken the paper and cause it to discolour and become brittle.

Dampness promotes the growth of mould and mildew, and can attract insect pests such as silverfish and book lice.

Silverfish feed on mould and starchy materials found on paper, especially if it is stored in a cool, moist environment. A silverfish infestation will roughen and weaken paper.

Book lice feed on mould spores found on paper and cardboard. These lice thrive in heat and humidity and, although they do not cause visible damage, their squashed bodies and excretions can stain paper and may also nourish other pests, continuing the cycle of damage.

Light (especially fluorescent light and sunlight) promotes chemical degradation and may fade many inks. Light exposure from repeated photocopying, scanning, and flash photography can cause additional damage.

Frequent or careless handling can lead to tears, folds, creases, and abrasions. The oil from human hands can stain or transfer dirt to the surface of paper.

Lamination can be harmful. In addition to the damage caused by the heat and adhesives used in the lamination process, many plastics will turn yellow, become brittle, and produce acids that attack paper.

For documents in good condition (not badly soiled or damaged), the surface can be lightly dusted with a soft brush. Proceed carefully with this procedure as overcleaning can cause more damage than dirt. The wrong cleaning technique could permanently ingrain dirt that might have been removable. Objects with powdery, flaking media or sooty or mouldy deposits should not be brushed.

If a collection smells musty but there is no visible mould, dry out the objects and storage area with fans, space heaters, or by opening windows until the smell is gone.

If mould is discovered, do not attempt to treat the damaged documents yourself (mould spores are very difficult to remove thoroughly). Instead, wrap the mouldy papers in plastic and contact a conservator. Mould spores pose a hazard to other possessions, and some types cause acute and chronic health problems

Preserving Newspaper Articles & Clippings

I recomend testing this on a small piece first so you dont risk the entire collection of papers if it doesnt work. You must make sure that any info you find you have seen other places online also. Never do it right off without more research...it could permanently damage the newspapers.-GothicAmethyst Dissolve a Milk of Magnesia tablet in a quarter cup of club soda overnight. Pour into a pan large enough to hold the flattened clipping.Soak the clipping for one hour, then pat dry.Do not move the clipping until completely dry. Estimated life: 200 years

Steps for Preserving Documents

The basic premise for preservation of any clipping or photo is simple. Air and light do damage. Keep the documents enclosed, preferably in sealed archival quality page protectors, then keep in a box (archival quality storage box).

DO NOT LAMINATE!!! The glue will eventually start to eat away at the document.

Newspapers (but not photos!) must be deacidified, before you enclose them in plastic.
(Note - newspaper ink needs one full year to dry, so do not seal clippings from the past 365 days)

Enclose in an archival quality page protector (if using regular page protectors, purchase those with greatest thickness of plastic.)
Label on the outside of the page protector.
Store collection in a box, away from the light

How can I repair a torn document?

Never use scotch, cellophane, masking, or duct tape to repair a tear or loss. They contain adhesives that the paper absorbs. As the adhesives age, they discolor, resulting in dark, disfiguring stains.

We generally recommend that a conservator be consulted before you undertake any repair, for the risk of exacerbating damage is high. A tear is repaired by attaching a long-fibered paper (e.g., Japanese tissue) mend to the non-image side with wheat starch paste, rice starch paste, or methyl cellulose. All are non-yellowing and removable. Typically a wet line is made on the repair paper and it is then torn to create a fibrous, rather than sharp, edge. The paper should be slightly wider and longer than the tear. Apply paste to the paper, attach it to the tear area, and smooth the paper. Weight the area and allow it to dry completely on a flat surface. (To keep the repair flat, conservators create a “sandwich†on the drying surface consisting of Holleytex® – piece – Holleytex® - blotter paper - plate glass - weight. Hollytex® is a spun polyester sheet to which paste does not readily adhere.) If these materials are unavailable, dry the piece by exposure to the air and accept the slight planar distortions that will occur.

All of this I found in a few mins doing a yahoo search it's bits and pieces cut and pasted from other sites....sorry so long..I just like to preserve history and I wanted to help. I hope this is enough to get you started Good luck!!
A few other sites that may be usefull:

Keepsake handbook-how to make keepsake books: http://www.jvtpubs.com/pages/keepsake.htm
Paper conservation Q&A:
post #10 of 15
That is really cool. Do you think you could laminate the papers?
post #11 of 15
no...somewhere in all that text it says not to and why it's bad for the newspaper. Oh and I cant remember if it says it or not in my post, but I've also read to not store the newspaper in a photo frame either...it can still yellow and get ruint.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info The papers are very yellowed already, but I'll see what I can do to clean them up.
post #13 of 15
When I lived in Tombstone, I bought a stack of Tombstone Epitaphs, at a yard sale. They were all from the 1950s. It was interesting to see a picture of the mayor, form high school and some of my friends' graduation pictures.

We found an issue, from the 1930s, in the basement of a bar. They were arguing the same issues, back then, as the city was arguing in the early 1990s, when we found the paper.
post #14 of 15

That beautiful old victorian probably has all kinds of good finds. You should keep a picture journal as you fix it up.
post #15 of 15
That sounds pretty neat!
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