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Subject: Identifying adhesive

Identifying adhesive

From: Linda S. Roundhill <artsconservation<-a>
Date: Monday, March 14, 2005
Stefan Lang <stefanlang [at] utanet__at> writes

>Does anyone knew about a glue that was used 1966 in New York, which
>consisted of colophony, probably produced for woodworking? Likely it
>was produced industrially for simple use without mixing or
complicate preparing. The artist said that in 1966 it was available

I believe you may be referring to Lepage's Mucilage.  It was a dark
amber color and translucent.  I always thought it was really animal
glue, but I found this reference to it at


   "Back in my school days we didn't have any fancy glue sticks or
    double-stick tape. We had paste and something called mucilage,
    which looked exactly like it sounds. The popular brand was
    LePage's, and it came in a distinctive glass bottle with a
    strange rubber top with a slit in it. Mucilage is any gummy
    substance made from vegetable oils, though from what I can
    gather, the early stuff from LePage's was made from fish

   -- Gene Gable, contributing editor
      Thursday, September 9, 2004

    **** Moderator's comments: The above URL has been wrapped for
    email. There should be no newline.

Lepage's is still around and *might* be willing to divulge the old
components (see <>).  It might have been a
combination of the two; vegetable resin and fish/animal glue, as
formulations were likely to change without notice.  Today, Elmer's
"mucilage" is PVA based.

Linda S. Roundhill
Art and Antiquities Conservation
Woodinville, WA 98072

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