Tar Roads & Electric Street Lightning

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May 16, 2007
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Visitors Map of Durban
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Wide Tar-paved Streets
Electric Street Lightning
Town Hall = seating capacity 3,000
Unique Tramway System, 35 miles of Track
Up-to-date ‘Phone Service’
(and a page full of this kind of descriptions).

A year or two ago, a USENET friend whom I never personally met, sent me two books which was bought by his Grandmother (or grandmothers aunt or something to this effect) more than a 100 years ago, when she was on a ship from the Netherlands to Indonesia, and stopped over in Durban, South Africa. ‘Empire Cinema, admission 6d, 1/, and 1/6. The Photographic Specialists was Lennon Limited’
Included is also a fold-open map of the Durban of those years.

He also gave me one for Cape Town, being printed in 1914. The School of Art, Cape town’s fees was
Painting £1 *per quarter* for 1 class per week
£1.10 for 2 classes per week and £3 for 3 classes per week. Teachers under the Department at half fee.

This is single extractions from lots of it with photos.
Right now it get stored in my safe.

I consider making a framed collage of photos photographed from it.

The reason for this writing is that when opening them now, it was as if the pages discolored a bit.
These books are in a, as new condition. When I asked about it, I’ve been told that is was in other books. Now, it is in my safe where it is dark, but how am I going to prevent discoloring of the ink? Will the ink fade if kept under normal indoor light?
Maybe it is valuable because there is lots of photos from those years in it.
Maybe I should keep it out of sharp light, or would light not be a factor? What kind of ink was used those years?
On the first page, somebody wrote a name and date – 1916, (seemingly ballpoint?) and that is as if written yesterday.

Dave

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Dave
May 17, 2007
On Wed, 16 May 2007 09:29:08 +0200, Dave wrote:

Visitors Map of Durban
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Dave

Can it be that on a newsgroup with so many professional printers are there no one with an answer to my question? There should be some or another protection. Even if it comes to painting a clear product over it.

Dave
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KatWoman
May 17, 2007
"Dave" wrote in message
Visitors Map of Durban
******************
Wide Tar-paved Streets
Electric Street Lightning
Town Hall = seating capacity 3,000
Unique Tramway System, 35 miles of Track
Up-to-date ‘Phone Service’
(and a page full of this kind of descriptions).

A year or two ago, a USENET friend whom I never personally met, sent me two books which was bought by his Grandmother (or grandmothers aunt or something to this effect) more than a 100 years ago, when she was on a ship from the Netherlands to Indonesia, and stopped over in Durban, South Africa. ‘Empire Cinema, admission 6d, 1/, and 1/6. The Photographic Specialists was Lennon Limited’
Included is also a fold-open map of the Durban of those years.
He also gave me one for Cape Town, being printed in 1914. The School of Art, Cape town’s fees was
Painting
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Dave
May 17, 2007
On Thu, 17 May 2007 13:20:21 -0400, "KatWoman" wrote:

look up archival preservation for books
your local librarian may be able to give you some advice

I have
found that a solution of paraffin wax in castor oil
answers well. It is cheap and very simple to prepare. To prepare it, some castor oil is put into an earthenware jar, and about half its weight of paraffin wax shredded into it. On warming, the wax will melt, and the preparation is
ready for use.
A little of the preparation is well worked into a piece of flannel, and the books rubbed with it, special attention being paid to the back and joints.

What will this newsgroup do without you, KatWoman?
Thanks a huge lot for this large amount of information:-) I had no clue that the treatment is so sophisticated –
it’s like visiting the doctor and expect a handful of pills but instead, get sent to hospital for an operation.

The first and last of your writings (quoted) seem to be the two to look at, with the first of course, first.
Maybe I should make Photostats and take photos of it,
make the collage, and grant it to the Metro Council or library. Or do the collage, store them, and hope for the best.
You said moisture, and I am living on the beachfront.

I’ll talk to a librarian tomorrow. Thanks a lot, KatWoman.

Dave

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