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Subject: Curled nitrate negatives

Curled nitrate negatives

From: Mark Clarke <markey>
Date: Tuesday, May 23, 1995
There is a terrifying article on how to remove the nitrate base and re-line
with modern film: The Conservation of Photographs, Eastman Kodak
Co., 1985,  ISBN 0-87985-352-2.

If you have a lot to do it may be worth getting the hang of this, or
sending them to a professional conservator. (I can suggest names)

Apparently you can soften them with vapour (or presumably brief
immersion) from 2-butanone, but I have never tried it. I expect they
may become sticky. Test on unwanted stock first. Don't forget:
nitrate film is *very* inflammable.

Mark Clarke
+44 181 678 0726

                  Conservation DistList Instance 8:93
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Received on Tuesday, 23 May, 1995

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