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Subject: Exhibiting watermarked papers

Exhibiting watermarked papers

From: Terry Conners <conners>
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 1999
I have several watermarked papers that I am preparing for display. I
have received advice from one curator who suggested backlighting
them with fluorescent bulbs in a deep frame. The frame depth is
needed because the curator further suggested venting the air space
around the bulbs to prevent heat buildup (with a sheet of glass to
the front of the bulbs) and further, sandwiching the paper between
UV-coated plexiglass to assist with UV protection from both the
bulbs and from ambient light.

Are there any other suggestions from this group that might be
usefully employed? Is the type or color spectrum of the fluorescent
bulb important, for example? Is there a superior type of UV filter
that I might use? I am aware of UV filters for standard 4 foot
fluorescent bulbs, but is there another alternative (besides the
aforementioned plexiglas) if I need to use shorter bulbs?

Terry Conners
Forest Products Laboratory
Mississippi State University, USA

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:9
                  Distributed: Thursday, July 22, 1999
                        Message Id: cdl-13-9-015
Received on Wednesday, 14 July, 1999

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