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    Do any of you collect paper documents/literature from WW2? I'm curious if you protect them with anything special, like light-retardant glass (if there is such a thing)?

    I have a very good condition copy of "Der FrontSoldat" magazine from 1935. The pages are yellowed by only about 30% & I'd like to prevent further damage. I have it matted & framed under regular plexi-glass right now, along with some German ribbons & metal badges. I'm wondering if I should seperate the magazine from the other items & get a better glass?

    Thanks.
    Kampfgruppe - A war gaming clan since 1998

  • #2
    You could get UV protected glass put in the frame.

    I wonder if a comic book bag would work. They are low acid and UV protected.

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    • #3
      I've got some Civil War Documents, but nothing WW2 (save a postcard with a portrait of 'Der Fuhrer' on it) and I keep mine out of the light alltogether. Moisture control is an issue too.....I keep silica crytal packs close to mine.
      I do believe that a high quality comic book sleeve would work, but nevertheless, I'd keep it in as dry and as dark a place as possible.
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      • #4
        However you store it, make sure the room is above ground, and is on something well above ground level such as a decent height bookshelf.

        I have a friend that lost an immense comic collection worth a small fortune. He lived in a basement apartment. It got flooded, and he lost everything.

        And no, the land is not flood prone, basements are just a bad place for paper.

        A good location is a second story location with no plumbing feature above it. Unless you live in a tornado prone region that is.
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        • #5
          I like the silica pack idea. I would like to keep it under glass, so I'll look into the UV stuff.

          Thanks.
          Kampfgruppe - A war gaming clan since 1998

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          • #6
            Moisture, light, and the acid paper they are printed on, are document killers along with the humidity loving insects that will chew them up to dust. Keep as dry as possible and protect from UV light which fades the printing.

            Scan, if possible, to preserve for future reference.
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            • #7
              I am surprised that this rare newspaper from Archangel Russia is in as good of shape as it is. Something of this size is best photographed using a copy stand. It is far too fragile for a large format scanner at the print shop.

              The collection is complete except for one page.
              Last edited by SRV Ron; 13 Jul 17, 05:50.
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