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  •  Tell me more about slow fires in ancient SF (7+ / 0-)

    paperback books.  I have ancient SF paperback books and wonder of they are some kind of a fire hazard!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

    by weck on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 04:29:44 AM PDT

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    •  "slow fires" is library jargon for the deteriorati (2+ / 0-)
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      on of old-fashioned high-acid wood-pulp paper -- like so many books & mags from the 30's (and still!!) on were printed on. slow fires is what makes older book pages tear, brittlely, and disintegrate when you try to turn the page.

      You may remember there was a big hoo-rah about "acid free paper" and "archival quality paper" about 20 years ago? That was the publishing industry figuring out that people were interested, and technical improvements happening in paper manufacture.

      there was a film by a researcher bringing the problem to public attention back in 1987. there's a good stub with links at Wiki.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 08:38:56 PM PDT

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      •  OK, I don't need a fire extinguisher near the (1+ / 0-)
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        bookcase, I just need to re-read very gently.  Thank You!

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

        by weck on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 08:32:42 AM PDT

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