Work Bench Scenes
These are from a co-worker who was often very inventive in organizing and getting the job done quickly.
|End of the day.|
|This may be not so unusual but I had never seen it before; a great idea for fitting more page space into a smaller shape.|
|As you can see, the book folds together and becomes half this size.|
|This is an example of an embossed binding with gold stamping and a marbled finish. Lots of bang for the buck!|
|This is called a papermaker's tear, a defect caused by water droplets on the surface of the paper as it's made. Apparently this papermaker was really sad the day he made this sheet.|
When I see books like these I wonder where they've been and what dire circumstances might have caused such damage.
|Did someone need some extra book cloth?|
|Was this used as a slide?|
These are all interesting examples of things that should not be done to library books.
|This poem seems to have been a favorite and was ripped out only to be reunited using some thread and tape.|
|Not only was this book repaired with duct tape (great for ducts, terrible for paper), someone also added their own marginalia to it.|
|Super reinforcement! If you look closely you can see they also used clear tape to help hold on the black tape.|
|Nice color contrast. Nothing like using whatever's on hand.|
These are the secret inner components of books that only conservators and bookbinders usually see.
|Nice use of marbled paper for the inner case lining|
Other types of paper reused for linings:
And last but not least…..what is that in the spine and why was it put there?
|Perhaps a little added spine support and cushion?|
That's all for today!
Written by Deborah Howe.