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Subject: Crayon on paper

Crayon on paper

From: Jack C. Thompson <tcl>
Date: Monday, July 16, 2001
Audrie Schell <schellaj [at] mcmaster__ca> writes

>Recently I received a children's book published in 1925. The
>textblock is of coated, wove paper and several leaves exhibit
>scribbles of purple wax crayon. Someone was having fun!  I would
>like to know if there is any way this media can be removed.

A lawyer called my lab one afternoon to complain that the young son
of a potential divorce client had scrawled some odds and ends on his
expensive office wallpaper using crayons supplied by his office to
distract children while their betters were in conference.

Once he got over my standard charge for a house call to a lawyer's
office (or an insurance company or a bank....) I went over with some
cotton swabs and VM&P Naphtha to dissolve the wax.  And a brush, to
remove the (now) dry pigment.

I presented the invoice and required the check before leaving.

Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Lab.
7549 N. Fenwick
Portland, OR  97217
503-735-3942  (voice/fax)

                  Conservation DistList Instance 15:15
                 Distributed: Wednesday, August 8, 2001
                       Message Id: cdl-15-15-014
Received on Monday, 16 July, 2001

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