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Preservation Zone

Precautions and steps have been followed to assure and ensure future generations that Victorian, Advertising Trade Cards, Scrapbooks and other paper ephemera continue to survive!
 
Learn a few of the trade card secrets here.
 

What Can Happen To Paper...
Trees Last A Long Time?

When it comes to Trade Cards, or paper ephemera in general, an air of inherent DOOM  hangs... Leading to Discoloration, possible Water Damage, Mold & Mildew... and ultimately... Decomposition.
 
Trade cards and other paper products were
NEVER INTENDED TO BE SAVED, NOR WERE THEY EXPECTED TO ENDURE!
 
Yet, they have outlasted those who produced them; albeit, barely by the fibers they are made of!

The Obelisk
obelisk.jpg
Presented to the City of New York by the Khedive of Egypt

Although this sepia imprint lacks the color that had been saturating the trade card market at this time; cards similar to this WERE SAVED!
 
     This can be attributed to the VERSO.  The text provides an historical background of facts & statistics about the Obelisk.  You see, the Industry (lithography/printing) was always in need to find new clients for their products.  I'm not sure who it was... but, someone found that Teachers, as well as parents, loved these little informative props!
    
More Importantly Than This...
'The Obleisk' has withstood the test that time often places on trade cards.  When soaking trade cards from a scrapbook, there is the chance that the color will fade - at times, the ink just lifts from the paper althogether!  Even after removal, the card must be kept in the sppropriate conditions, so further deterioration does not take hold of it. 
I keep mine in an
~Archivally Safe ~Acid Free
~NO PVC  Protective Sleeve,
held in a binder and stored in conditions where humidity levels are not high or severely dry! 
 

* All text, on this page, and contained on all pages within The Trade Cards Zone; as well as, the jpgs contained on all pages, are the sole intellectual, emotional and creative property of Denise L. Croke, Mahalo!
: 2004 April 1st.

The Ultimate Recycling Project

What Needs To Be Done:
 

*USE THE PROPER CLEANING TOOLS

 Before storing any trade cards,they  should be free of surface dirt, pencil marks... it is best to use an Archivally Safe Cleaning Pad.

*PROVIDE SUITABLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
 
 No matter what else is used to store the trade cards, if they are not stored in a DRY (non-humid) area. they WILL GROW FUNGUS, MOLD... and WILL DETERIORATE!
 
*UTILIZE THE APPROPRIATE STORAGE
 
 Meaning; Archivally Safe, Non-Plasticized Pages or Sleeves!  The pages are sold with three-ring punches for use in a three-ring binderThe sleeves should be stored in a stiff, Acid-Free container or box for optimal protection.

LINKS FOR ARCHIVAL SUPPLIES


Ultra-Pro Archival Pages

Binders & Other Supplies

'Lineco' Document Cleaning Pads and Other "safe" Supplies

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