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Subject: Gold lettersheet

Gold lettersheet

From: Sharon Johnson <bm.gaj>
Date: Friday, January 19, 1996
The Autry Museum of Western Heritage recently acquired a pictorial
lettersheet produced in the late 1850's. (Forerunners of picture
postcards, the sheets were printed with scenes of life in California
or scenes from the gold mines).  The catalog says that the scenes
were printed in "gold" ink.  The ink looks dark brown but when
viewed at the right angle there is a gold tinge.  Does anyone know
if the ink might really have gold in it, and if so, how could it be
"shined up" or brightened?  Any information or suggestions would be
appreciated.

Sharon Johnson
Special Collections Librarian
Research Center, Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Los Angeles, Calif.
213-667-2000, Ext. 323

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                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:56
                Distributed: Thursday, January 25, 1996
                        Message Id: cdl-9-56-016
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Received on Friday, 19 January, 1996

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