Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's not all parties...


...Just a viscous rumour - honest...




Does this look like a party?



The Nimrod expedition of 1908 took a collection of Newspapers with them both from England as in the Illustrated London News and The Field, The Country Gentleman’s Newspaper and The Press from Christchurch. I have been enjoy reading / working on them. I even found the large yachting section...


The overall condition of the paper is good considering what is has been through in the last 100 years:
Handled and read, housed in an environment of soot, candle wax and dirt and then frozen. They become items of interest, as they were most likely prized and therefore not added to the fire.

The papers were carefully separated out and surface cleaned of dirt and accretions being careful to distinguish between historical dirt and surface dirt. For example pencil notations on a page become intrinsically part of the object and important as would a cup ring, which is evidence someone placed their hot drink down while reading the paper.

I used my usual Japanese repair techniques and the tears and losses were repaired and infilled for strength.


There are also some copied of magazines of that era called Fry's Magazine and the Scribner's Magazine full of short stories and lost of advertising. These look as if they were well used.
I also enjoy finding the rather exaggerated advertisements under wrappers of tins. Their claims are very boastful although at the same time are never 100%. The language they use is always amusing.





But we did have a great Mad Scientist Party at the Southern Bar on Saturday night. One of the most successful parties I have been to over there with cocktails in glass beakers, lab coats all round and good food. Only Americans can invent deep fried cheese sticks...















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