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Subject: Faded signatures

Faded signatures

From: Barbara Appelbaum <aandh>
Date: Friday, March 31, 2000
I have had inquiries lately from two different people with similar
problems.  One has a baseball, the other a football.  Both balls
have been signed (presumably before felt-tipped pens), and both of
the owners say that the signatures are faded, even though neither
ball has had much light exposure.  I have tested the baseball,
hoping to lighten the color of the background surrounding the
signatures and increase the contrast, but it appears that the color
of the surface is a discolored coating and not dirt. Another
possibility is that the dirt is simply ingrained in the coating and
the two come off together.

I don't think there is much I can do, but I am curious as to what
might be happening to the ink, as there is no sign that the ink is
spreading into the surface.  Any ideas?

B. Appelbaum

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:50
                 Distributed: Wednesday, April 5, 2000
                       Message Id: cdl-13-50-013
Received on Friday, 31 March, 2000

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